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December 22 2017
 

ProHealth Care receives Helen Daniels Bader Fund grant to expand services for dementia patients

The ProHealth Care Foundation recently received a $60,000 two-year grant from the Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy, to expand the services offered by ProHealth Care’s Senior Health Services team. 

This grant will help support the immediate health care needs of seniors who are newly diagnosed with dementia. It also will help improve the quality of life of these patients by helping them connect to community resources, such as safe housing.

“ProHealth Care is fortunate to partner with Bader Philanthropies to help our seniors who are experiencing mood or memory changes,” said Michael Raster, MD, medical director of ProHealth Care’s Senior Health Services. “Ten years ago, the Helen Bader Foundation generously granted funds to start a program for seniors. Today, it has become one of the largest memory clinic programs in the state, seeing more than 720 patients a year.”

This grant will allow ProHealth to add a master’s prepared social worker to the patient care team. The new position will offer social support for dementia patients during interdisciplinary clinic visits and during follow-up visits at their homes.

Home visits will offer an opportunity for the care team to identify any potential safety concerns such as caregiver neglect or abuse and risky in-home and community behavior. The home visits also will make it easier for providers to see whether the recommendations made during an office visit are realistic for patients and their caregivers.

Photo: Michael Raster, MD, ProHealth Care; Helen Ramon, Bader Philanthropies; and Shawn Verdoni, ProHealth Care Foundation.

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