Study: Palliative Care-Oriented Model Needed for Patients with Neurological Illnesses

Prevalent care models for neurological illnesses could be improved by more extensive integration of palliative care, recent research has found. A team of international researchers reviewed prior studies of care models for treating Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia and other neurological diseases. They found that the development of an evidence-based framework for early and ongoing […]

How Hospice Eligibility Criteria Can Adversely Affect Dementia Patients

A growing number of patients with various dementia-related conditions will need end-of-life care in coming years. Hospices preparing for rising demand are facing compliance challenges, as these patients often require longer hospice stays. Patients with Alzheimer’s and other neurological degenerative disorders have health trajectories that are difficult to project, especially as they approach the end […]

Rippl to Offer Home-Based Mental Health Care for Seniors After $32 Million Seed Round

Rippl, a new company offering mental health care to seniors, began operations today following a $32 million seed funding round. Rippl’s services focus on seniors suffering from dementia and other neurocognitive conditions. ARCH Venture Partners and General Catalyst led the investment round with participation from GV, F-Prime Capital, and Mass General Brigham Ventures. The company […]

Early Goals-of-Care Talks Could Improve Hospice Access for Dementia Patients

Terminally ill patients suffering from dementia are more likely to receive life-sustaining treatments when children versus spouses were involved as decision-makers, according to recent research. The difference in end-of-life treatment choices suggests that more work needs to be done to ensure that surrogate decision makers and care teams are aware of patient preferences as early […]