As a trusted provider of Columbus Alzheimer’s care, Home Care Assistance wanted to share information about the HOPE (Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education) Act, a piece of legislation that aims to improve quality of life for those with the disease. While no legislation can prepare loved ones for the emotional effects of Alzheimer’s, the HOPE Act does have certain key elements that could improve both short and long-term outcomes for both patients and their caregivers.
Encouraging Early Diagnosis
Fewer than 35 percent of individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder with dementia symptoms have their condition documented in their medical records. The HOPE Act would require healthcare providers to include a diagnosis in a patient’s medical records. This can help improve outcomes by:
- Allowing patients to receive a full medical evaluation during the early stages of the disease to better determine available options
- Promoting a better understanding of the condition
- Giving patients a say in important care decisions when they’re mentally alert
- Encouraging early risk detections (awareness of possible side effects of medications, driving assessments, home safety preparations)
More Time at Home with Loved Ones
Having a diagnosis on record as soon as an accurate confirmation can be made can allow caregivers to be better prepared for providing home care in Columbus. Early access to community resources and services may also delay or eliminate the need to transition a loved one to a long-term care facility. More time at home could also improve outcomes for patients by:
- Leaving seniors with Alzheimer’s in an environment they already feel comfortable in
- Avoiding the onset of depression and similar dementia-related mood disorders
- Allowing for more interactions with family members and friends (may also help trigger memory cues)
If your aging loved one is living with Alzheimer’s and you’re interested in learning more about meeting care needs and providing support, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Columbus today. We are a trusted, local provider of in-home care, offering highly trained Alzheimer’s caregivers and flexible care schedules. Call 614-481-8888 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager.