What is Dementia?
Dementia is a disorder of brain function that commonly impairs
recent memory, language ability, planning ability, following directions,
orientation and judgment. In addition, the Dementia patient often
undergoes personality changes and has less control over their
Alzheimers Dementia accounts for 55% of cases, Vascular Dementia
some 15 to 20% of cases, with numerous less common types comprising
the remainder of cases.
5.4 million cases in the U.S.
588, 208 cases in California alone
11 to 16 million cases projected in the U.S. by 2050
It is important to seek medical attention for the symptoms of
Dementia as some forms of Dementia are reversible. In almost all
cases the symptoms of Dementia can be reduced or controlled by
behavior techniques or medication. Despite treatment, most forms
of Dementia are progressive. However, new treatments can reduce
the rate of progression.
The National Institutes of Health, major universities, pharmaceutical
companies, and other research organizations are dedicating enormous
amounts of resources to determine the cause of Dementia and methods
to improve treatment. Spectacular breakthroughs are expected in
There are numerous behavioral techniques that one can learn to
help control the symptoms and reduce caregiver stress. Additionally,
medications are available to increase one of the major chemical
messengers in the brain that is markedly reduced in Alzheimers
Dementia. There are also medications that can help with the symptoms
of agitation, anxiety, suspiciousness, depression, insomnia, etc.
The major focus of our Memory Loss Program is to efficiently bring
state of the art treatment to the Dementia patient so the quality
of life for the patient and their family can be improved to the fullest
Improving Quality of Life is the Focus
To achieve this, the Medical Director and Butte Home
Health have developed an innovative and comprehensive Memory
Loss Treatment Team as a part of our Medicare Certified Home Health
Services. This Team evaluates and treats Dementia and its life-altering
symptoms efficiently and effectively while the patient remains under
the supervision of the primary care physician.
Included in the team are:
Medical Social Workers
Home Health Aides
Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists
The Memory Loss Treatment Team at Butte Home Health
incorporates a state-of-the-art protocol, which is pre-approved by
the primary care physician. The protocol consists of an evaluation
and treatment algorithm to treat the behavioral and medical problems
present. Because dementia patients often require multiple medication
trials and behavior techniques before symptoms can be controlled,
the protocol avoids costly delays and suffering.
Since the Memory Loss Treatment Team is mobile, the behavioral and
medical problems the patient is experiencing can be treated at HOME.
This helps prevent institutionalization and moves the patient to an
optimal level of wellness and independence.
A HOME is defined as:
Residential Care Facility for the Elderly
The Dementia Treatment Team establishes care plans that are harmonious
with assisted living licensing regulations, as well as personal
How are Home Health Services Paid?
The Dementia Treatment Program is provided as a Home Health program
to the community. Under certain circumstances Medicare pays for
100% of the intermittent professional services of a home health
Butte Home Health can assist the family
with arranging for custodial care or the continuous care of live-ins
and personal care attendants.
How is a Patient Referred to the Memory Loss Program?
Any family member or friend is welcome to contact our office to
inquire about services. Based on information provided, our staff
will contact the family/caregiver and primary care physician to
arrange appropriate services.
Please Call For More Information (530) 895-0462