Results from the one-year UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program show benefits for both patients and care providers.
The study looked at 314 patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRDs) and 282 caregivers who had one year follow-up evaluations through the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care (ADC) Program. It examined the clinical outcomes of the program, which has goals of maximizing function, independence, and dignity of patients and minimizing caregiver strain and burnout; and reducing unnecessary costs, said David Reuben, M.D., a researcher on the study.
After one year, ADRD patients improved on all scales, except two, and caregivers improved on all tests. The study revealed that 58% of patients and 63% of caregivers demonstrated a “clinical benefit.”
Reuben also noted that comprehensive dementia care may reduce admission numbers at long-term care facilities, and can even be cost-neutral or cost-saving.
The program includes a needs assessment of patients and their caregivers, personalized care plans, and constant access for assistance.