Long-Term Care

Self-reporting assessment tool for dementia symptoms proves useful

MDS 3.0 Insider, January 16, 2015

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A recent study showed that the self-reporting assessment tool can monitor symptoms in those living with dementia and track their levels of improvement or decline. Self-reporting is proving useful by providing valuable information that the patient's entire care team needs. The tool is regarded as a clinically practical multidimensional tool that can be used along with its caregiver version to provide useful feedback (via monitoring of symptoms) for modifying care plans. The results were recently published in Clinical Interventions in Aging.
  Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Center for Aging Research developed the monitor that is similar to a blood pressure cuff that measures systolic and diastolic pressures. The Healthy Aging Brain Center (HABC) Monitor measures 27 items on a four-point scale to assess cognitive, functional, and psychological symptoms including:
·         the ability to memorize
·         the ability to learn to use a tool or appliance
·         the ability to conduct daily activities
 
 To read the full study, click here.



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