Marilyn Klug and other researchers at the University of North Dakota say their state’s Dementia Care Services Program may have reduced use of acute medical services and helped keep people at home.
Program organizers spent $1.2 million in state grant money.
The program may have already prevented $800,000 in medical spending, and it could also prevent about $39 million in spending on formal long-term care (LTC) services, Klug and her colleagues conclude in an article published behind a paywall on the Health Affairs website.
Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on health care delivery and finance systems, has included several articles on Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia and LTC services in the latest edition.
The Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota-North Dakota has been running a dementia care support program in North Dakota since January 2010.
Klug and her colleagues all work with the program.