ProHealth Care Foundation gets $100,000 for home visits

Freeman Staff

July 25, 2017

WAUKESHA — ProHealth Care Foundation was awarded $100,000 by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation that will go toward follow-up home visits to seniors who are served by the memory clinic.

The Hearst Foundation has awarded ProHealth a total of $370,000 with the latest grant. It will allow the team to include a community health worker for future home visits to patients, according to a press release.
After each home visit, the ProHealth memory team will make recommendations and adjustments to the patient's care plan as needed.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services predicts that the senior population in Waukesha County will increase from 15 percent of the population in 2015 to over 21 percent in 2025.

“As the number of seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or dementia increases, the need for memory care services increases,” said Michael Raster, MD, 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."

Twenty-five percent of the total hospitalizations for patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia were preventable, according to the Alzheimer's Association, many stemming from falls.

ProHealth Care's interdisciplinary memory clinic team include psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, an advanced nurse practitioner and a nurse manager.

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

For more information about screenings and other services, call 262-928-7898 or visit ProHealthCare.org/Foundation.