Do house calls benefit older adults with dementia?

Wilson, K., & Bachman, S.S. (2015). House Calls: The Impact of Home-Based Care for Older Adults With Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Social Work in Health and Care, 54 (6), 547-558 

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Commentary via the Social Care Elf blog by Clarissa Giebel

There are many things which can make it difficult for a person with dementia to live at home. Most people with dementia are older adults, which increases the likelhood of having some medical or physical conditions, such as vascular problems or frequent falls. Add on top of that reduced independence and the possible struggle to prepare a meal or dress yourself, and you have a combination of difficulties which can make it difficult to stay at home alone or with a family carer.

That’s not to say that people with dementia experience all these symptoms early on, but they do become more pronounced as the disease progresses, in some people earlier than in others (i.e. Giebel et al., 2014). Therefore, helping people with dementia live at home for longer is really important, and is picked up in the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 (DH, 2015).

For some people that entails health care assistance in the home, whilst for others that means a greater focus on social care services. And for some it means both.

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View the original research article abstract here

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