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"Elevating dementia care"

How multi-layered, proactive interventions can help reduce hospitalizations

Minimizing avoidable hospital admissions is one of the key goals — and challenges — for senior living communities. And perhaps no population is more vulnerable than those struggling with dementia.

Dementia patients are more than twice as likely as their peers to end up in the hospital – often for avoidable conditions. Yet hospitals are probably the worst place for someone with dementia who’s confused and already in discomfort.

There is no one-size-fits all solution, but proactive and personalized care is key to keeping dementia patients in their homes. Learn how Optum’s holistic care model is elevating dementia care with its multi-layered approach:

  • Individualized treatment plans:  One of the first and most important elements of memory care is really getting to know residents, then figuring out what works best for them
  • Advance care planning: An effective long-term care plan focuses on 3 pillars: longevity, function and comfort
  • Medication management: Striking the right balance. This is especially important after a hospital stay

Ultimately, consistency and early detection are key to keeping dementia patients out of the hospital. But keeping them in their homes and daily routines requires a team approach. 

Click here for more information about how the Optum care model can help keep your residents safe, comfortable and in their homes.

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