Hospice of Acadiana gets grant to improve dementia care in hospice

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Hospice of Acadiana has been chosen to participate in the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing – Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing research project that seeks to improve the quality of dementia care in hospice.

Karl Broussard, CEO of Hospice of Acadiana, explained that “while this is very exciting news for Hospice of Acadiana, this presents a tremendous opportunity for our entire medical community, and most importantly, for the very patients entrusted to our care.”

The grant utilizes the Aliviado Dementia Care Model which offers a heightened level of education, mentoring, and hands-on care for patients suffering from late-stage dementia, as well as the caregivers who tend to them. The outcomes of the study, along with the care being provided, will be monitored throughout the five-year study by Hospice of Acadiana and NYU through Hospice of Acadiana’s Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system.

“Hospice, as an industry, is seeing more and more dementia patients,” said Dr. Michael Odinet, Physician and Member, Hospice of Acadiana Board of Directors.  “By better understanding the very specific and challenging symptoms and behaviors associated with this population, we as an organization, can increase quality of life and patient satisfaction, while reducing hospital utilizations and readmissions.” 

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