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Foundation receives $100,000 grant

Mukwonago Chief - 8/13/2017

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has awarded $100,000 to the ProHealth Care Foundation. The funding will enable ProHealth to provide follow-up home visits to seniors who are served by the memory clinic offered by ProHealth's Senior Health Services team.

This year's grant brings the total amount awarded by the Hearst Foundation to the ProHealth foundation to $370,000.

"As the number of seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or dementia increases, the need for memory care services increases," said physician Michael Raster, ProHealth Medical Group's medical director for senior health services. "A personalized care plan supported by a home visit helps seniors with memory issues to better maintain their health, reduce safety hazards and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations."

After each home visit with a patient, the ProHealth memory clinic team will assess the recommendations in the patient's care plan and make adjustments to the plan if needed.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services projects that the senior population in Waukesha County will increase from 15 percent of the population in 2015 to more than 21 percent in 2025. More than 8,500 Waukesha County residents were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2010. Twenty-five percent of these residents lived alone.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, 25 percent of the total hospitalizations for patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia were preventable. Many of these hospitalizations stemmed from falls.

ProHealth Care's interdisciplinary memory clinic team includes psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, an advanced nurse practitioner and a nurse manager. The Hearst Foundation grant will allow the team to include a community health worker for the home visits to patients.

Each year, ProHealth's memory clinic provides screenings and evaluations for more than 720 seniors to determine their risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute has recognized the ProHealth memory clinic for providing the largest number of memory screenings in the state.

For more information about ProHealth Care'sSenior Health Services, call 262-928-7898. For more information about the ProHealth Care Foundation, visit ProHealthCare.org/Foundation.

 
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