If so, you’re not alone. More than 50,000 Rhode Islanders are caregivers for family members or friends with dementia—and it can be stressful and feel isolating.
To help, BCBSRI started the Dementia Care Coordination Program in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Association Rhode Island Chapter. The program provides information, support, and resources for BCBSRI Medicare Advantage members living with dementia and their family caregivers. The Dementia Care Coordination Program was created based on a Veterans Administration study that showed interventions like this improved patient health and decreased emergency medical care. It helps caregivers manage behaviors, safety concerns, and other issues that come with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Providing help early on can hopefully avoid health or safety incidents and prevent caregiver burnout.
To get started with this six-month program, you’ll need a referral from your loved one’s primary care provider (PCP). Then you’ll have a care consultation with a memory specialist. They will help create a personalized plan and provide tips, strategies, resources, and support to help BCBSRI Medicare Advantage members safely remain at home and not be separated from a spouse or loved ones. A plan summary will also be sent to their PCP to coordinate care and improve outcomes.
To learn more, please talk to your loved one’s PCP or call the Medicare Concierge team at (401) 277-2958 or 1-800-267-0439 (TTY: 711). You can find additional resources at bcbsri.com/caregiver.