How to get an appointment at assisted living facility
An elderly person living at an assisted living home may be able to make a home visit appointment at the facility and receive an evaluation from a physician.
But it may be a lot more complicated than that.
In a new study, researchers at the University of Iowa and Johns Hopkins University found that a person may be eligible to visit the assisted living system if they have a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and are unable to make an appointment with a doctor.
“It’s very challenging to meet a person with dementia who is not eligible to have an appointment because of the nature of their condition,” said Dr. John Pappas, a senior associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the university.
“What we’re trying to do is help people with dementia and Alzheimer’s, who may be living in assisted living, understand what they can do to make their lives easier.”
The study looked at the population of individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia who had been admitted to a nursing home or other type of assisted living program in the last 10 years.
Researchers analyzed the records of about 5,000 individuals and found that 3.9 percent of individuals met the criteria for a home visits appointment with the assisted-living system.
About one-third of the patients had a diagnosis for dementia or dementia associated with Alzheimer (AD), but their home visits were not required.
The study found that the most common reason for not meeting a home visitation appointment was that the person did not have a medical history or had a prior dementia diagnosis.
The authors noted that some patients may not be able or willing to make the trip to a facility, and that a patient’s health and wellness could be compromised.
“We know that there are patients who have cognitive difficulties or mental impairment and who might be unable to travel to an assisted-life facility for an appointment,” Pappans said.
“We don’t know whether these patients are in need of an evaluation, or are simply not meeting the criteria.”
The researchers said it is not clear whether these factors, as well as the absence of a doctor’s note, would be a barrier to making an appointment.
They did not find a clear link between patients’ health and accessibility of an assisted home visit, but said the study should be taken with a grain of salt.
“This is a really interesting study and I think it’s worth continuing to explore,” said study author Dr. Kristi Hausfeld.
“It’s not something we have done yet, but it would be interesting to do a follow-up study to see if there are other factors that may affect this finding.”
The findings of the study are based on the findings of a study by a group of researchers led by Pappanas and his colleagues.
Their study looked specifically at the number of visits for the elderly to nursing homes.