Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Home Health Care
Both Dementia and Alzheimer’s are progressive conditions that can be helped with treatment, but tragically, no cure exists.
Often, people use the words Dementia and Alzheimer’s interchangeably, however the two are not the same.
Dementia & Alzheimer’s—What’s the Difference?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is a syndrome, an umbrella term used to describe an overall decline in mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is a disease which falls under this umbrella.
The CDC indicates that Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and is a continuous disease beginning with mid-memory loss and has the potential to result in an individual losing the ability to carry on a conversation or respond to stimulation in their everyday environment.
According to this recent report by the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.4 million Americans are living today with Alzheimer’s disease. Projections indicate that within the next thirty years, the number of people affected by this disease will increase to 13.8 million.
What This Means for Those Delivering Home Health Care Services
The predicted increase in the number of individuals that will be stricken with some form of dementia, including those that receive an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is alarming and a public health concern that requires attention, especially for those working within our health care delivery system. As more people requiring home health services face additional challenges of reduced cognitive function, the result will be a burdening societal issue taxing families, communities and our health care providers responsible for their care and safety.
Our clients, those delivering home health services will see a dramatic shift in the specific needs and requirements of the home bound patients they are delivering vital, life-saving services to.
When Patient Needs Change
The complex needs of patients struggling with dementia or diagnosed with Alzheimer’s brings additional risk and liability for companies delivering home health services. Being responsible for an increasing number of home bound patients that are struggling with dementia or Alzheimer’s will place additional stress on your staff responsible for delivering necessary home care services.
Higher numbers of your patients will become confused, frightened and at times, agitated, placing your employees at risk. They may not recognize their regularly scheduled caregiver. How the additional toll on your staff is taken into consideration and is addressed, will be critical to reducing staff burnout and turnover at your home health agency.
There is increased risk that a higher number of patients could wander away from home and get lost — and there is the potential your home care company could be held liable. Is this something your home health agency is preparing for?
Helping with Loss Prevention & Control
While we will never claim to know the home health care industry better than our clients, we understand and appreciate the predictions made by the Alzheimer’s Association and our primary goal is to help our clients prepare for the future of their business and reduce their liability.
At XXX Risk, are sole focus is assisting those who are responsible for delivering home health services adapt to a changing business environment. Call us today. We are here to help.
Advances in technology provide nonprofits with the ability to expand their reach, increase awareness of the good work being done, and fundraise.
Taking advantage of technology is not only a smart move for your nonprofit, it is critical for your organization’s long term survival. With the latest advances in technology, barriers once in place have now been removed, and your organization can now touch new supporters, donors and partners at the local, national and international level.
The benefits of incorporating the latest in technology for your nonprofit include, but aren’t limited to the following:
· Enhancing Advocacy Related Work
· Nurturing Donor and Partner Relationships
· Effective and Efficient Fundraising
· Increased Employee Productivity and Communications
Ok, I get it. So, where do we begin? As stated in this blog post from Tech Soup the first step is to Just Do It. While we fully agree, you also want to, “Do it Right.” There is where the expertise of the right business partner comes in.
The adoption and implementation of any new technology requires commitment from the executive team, resources for staff and volunteer training, and a willingness to reexamine internal policies and procedures.
If all this sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
At XXX Impact, we understand that most nonprofits are stretched thin, requiring employees to wear a variety of hats. Rolling out new technology will require education, resources and clear communications internally as to what is expected of each staff member. Some of your employees will be intimated by new technology, while others will embrace the challenge, and want to assume a leadership role that works well for a “train the trainer” approach.
Whatever the size or technological knowledge of your staff, our team of seasoned, nonprofit professionals can help. XXX Impact provides a full suite of strategic consulting services for the nonprofit community that addresses the individual needs of your organization. Some of our services include —
· Help Desk – Managed IT Services
· Office 365
· Data Management
· IT Security Services
· Strategic Consulting Services
Our mission is to empower communities and nonprofits to use technology to better serve our world.
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