From press reports
In an effort to better support the needs of the community, Gentiva Hospice, a member of the Gentiva Health Services family of home health and hospice providers, is bringing a new concept to its hospice care. Gentiva’s Memory Care specialty is the first of its kind, reaching out to the growing number of patients, families and caregivers who suffer from the effects of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
As the national leader in homecare, Gentiva has created this specialized care to address what amounts to an epidemic in the country. The statistics speak for themselves. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s, is the sixth leading cause of death among those 65 or older, and half of those over the age of 85 suffer from the disease. In addition, dementia often accompanies other conditions, and any diagnosis accompanied by dementia leads to a greater need for care.
“Dementia is reaching a crisis state in this country, and going forward, caring for this sector of the population is only going to become more urgent.” said Gentiva’s Senior National Hospice Medical Director, Dr. Ronald J. Crossno, MD, FAAFP, FAAHPM. “Gentiva is responding to this need with specialized training for its clinicians, social workers, and others who work with patients and families.”
In addition to this training, Gentiva’s Memory Care program incorporates measures to help with the symptoms of dementia and to assess for vulnerabilities prevalent with those with dementia, such as falls and infections. Gentiva has also created a caregiver’s guide that helps educate families about how to care for someone with dementia and Alzheimer’s. And all of this is supported by Gentiva’s network of national and local medical directors with expertise in the care and oversight of dementia patients.
“Having this program in our community is a gift,” said Crossno. “It is something that will truly reach so many people and provide the help they need in a way that no one else in hospice is addressing.”
For more information on the Memory Care program and hospice care from Gentiva Hospice, call 662. 615.1519. You can also find out more about our hospice care by going to www.gentiva.com.
About Gentiva Health Services
Gentiva Health Services Inc. is a leading provider of comprehensive home health and hospice services.
throughout the United States. Gentiva delivers compassionate, high-quality care to patients through offerings that include skilled nursing; physical, occupational, speech and neurorehabilitation services; hospice services; social work; nutrition; disease management education; help with daily living activities; and other therapies and services. For more information, visit www.gentiva.com.