Intervention for Care Partners Allows Persons with Dementia to Live at Home Longer

Monday, July 10, 2017

The New York University Caregiver Intervention (NYUCI) is a program that provides support for care partners to maintain their emotional and physical wellbeing; it consists of six personal and family counseling sessions over the course of four months, encouragement to join a support group, and counseling over the phone, available as needed. It is based on extensive evidence gathered from an 18-year-long randomized controlled trial of 406 care partners and has been assessed in subsequent trials. In a recent study out of Minnesota compared medical costs over the course of 15 years of couples in which the care partner underwent the NYUCI training and those who did not. They determined that the medical budget could have saved $40.4 million had all eligible care partners participated in the program. In addition, 17% fewer persons with dementia whose care partners took part in NYUCI training had moved into residential care by the end of the life compared to those whose care partners did not complete the training. Researchers predict that even more medical costs could be saved if the NYUCI was made available online. Lead author Steven Foldes is optimistic, stating, “the US must… recognize that they must find a way to pay for the increasing number of people with dementia who will need public support for nursing home care. We've known for years that this proven counseling and support program helps caregivers cope and keep loved ones at home longer. Now we know that this program could also [decrease medical costs].”

SOURCE: News Medical: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20170705/New-caregiver-intervention-for-families-with-dementia-can-lead-to-considerable-Medicaid-savings.aspx

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Oxford Academic: https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article/doi/10.1093/geront/gnx077/3869333/Medicaid-Savings-From-The-New-York-University

DATE RETRIEVED: July 7, 2017

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