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It’s estimated that half of all individuals meeting the criteria for a dementia-related condition never receive a diagnosis. Not receiving a formal diagnosis can be frustrating for both patients and caregivers, especially if they’re not aware of the condition until late-stage symptoms appear.
The HOPE (Health Outcomes, Planning and Education) for Alzheimer’s Act is a piece of legislation that aims to encourage early diagnosis and provide patients and caregivers with access to important care services. Here are four key highlights of the act, presented by the trusted Albuquerque Alzheimer’s care provider, Home Care Assistance:
- Improving Alzheimer’s Diagnoses – While the act wouldn’t eliminate the possibility of an early misdiagnosis when symptoms tend to be vague, it would require healthcare professionals to make a confirmed diagnosis a matter of record. Having a documented diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or a related conditions can make it easier for patients, caregivers and family members to receive access to care services sooner rather than later.
- Increasing Access to Quality Care – Requiring documentation of an Alzheimer’s (or dementia-related) diagnosis in medical records encourages healthcare professionals to inform patients and caregivers about available services such as support groups and home care, Albuquerque families can rely on. A documented diagnosis also allows for adjustments to care for other conditions a patient may have, such as heart disease or diabetes.
- Providing Medicare Coverage for Services – Care services, whether it be scheduling additional medical appointments or experimenting with available medications, would be covered by Medicare under the act once a diagnosis is on record. The goal of such services is to improve the quality of life for patients, ease the burden for caregivers and better coordinate care among multiple healthcare professionals and providers.
- Increasing Education Efforts – Education is another important element of the HOPE Act. The legislation would provide comprehensive information about care services and the importance of documenting a diagnosis to all relevant parties, including patients, caregivers, family members and healthcare providers.
If you have an aging parent or loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s, learn more about long-term care and how to provide physical, emotional and cognitive support by reaching out to Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque. We are a trusted, local home care provider offering flexible care services and unique memory care programs including our Cognitive Therapeutics Method.
Call 505-798-0800 and request more information or a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with an experienced and friendly Care Manager.