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What You Need to Know about the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act

By Melissa Hill, 8:00 am on

As a trusted provider of Alzheimer’s care in Oklahoma, we wanted to share information about newly proposed legislation that aims to provide assistance to the more than 5 million Americans aged 65 and over with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones who provide unpaid care.

The HOPE (Health Outcomes, Planning and Education) Act would supplement the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, a list of nationwide recommendations released in 2012. Here’s what you need to know.

Providing Support and Information as Early as Possible

The HOPE Act would make a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia-related conditions a part of the patient’s medical record. By having a diagnosis on record as early as possible, patients and their caregivers would have access to support that includes information about the disease and helpful resources such as support groups, assistive services and in-home care in Oklahoma.

Expanding Medicare Guidelines

The act expands on diagnostic services already covered by Medicare by giving doctors time to discuss the condition with their patients. The added time to coordinate care could help both patients and caregivers know what to expect as the disease progresses.

Better Coordination of Care Efforts

Required documentation of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis in patient records would allow such information to be accessed by any medical professional that patient visits. Having such documentation on record would make it easier for doctors to manage patients’ other conditions. The HOPE Act will also:

  • Provide additional care planning services for both Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers once an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is on record
  • Require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to implement outreach programs to inform medical professionals about the act
  • Require regular reports to Congress by HHS detailing current Alzheimer’s research, identifying possible barriers beneficiaries may be experiencing when attempting to access available services and offering recommendations on how patients and caregivers can overcome such barriers

For more information about caring for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma today. Along with flexible hourly and live-in care, we provide specialized Alzheimer’s care that is tailored to the unique needs of each client. Learn more about our one-of-a-kind Cognitive Therapeutics Method and call us at 405-285-4191 to request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.