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November 30, 2015 at 09:14am
$1 Million Federal Grant Goes to UVA/JABA Partnership
"....Some of the biggest challenges in dealing with dementia are simply coordinating care — finding ways to give the patient what he or she needs, while planning around the schedule of the caretaker, said Ginger Dillard, director of advocacy services at JABA.
Home-delivered meals, in-home aides and temporary respite care are all tools that can help caretakers avoid burnout and keep up with their own work schedules, but not everyone knows where to find them. The managers will help caretakers and patients find a plan that works for them.
“Long-term acute care is extremely complicated,” she said. “We would be looking at helping them understand what their unique needs are. Every person is different.”
Dillard said the program is part of a national shift in health care toward a broader approach that includes behavioral counseling and social services. The support extends to caregivers, as looking after someone with dementia is often stressful.
“It’s an extremely challenging thing to do,” Dillard said. “It’s also a gift.”