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Home Health CAHPS FAQs: Understanding the CAHPS Rating

In 2016, CMS added the Star Rating System to the information presented on the Home Health Compare website. This visual element is designed to make it easier for consumers to compare providers, but the methodology behind the Star Ratings can be a little difficult to understand. To help clarify, we’ve developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions to provide answers to some of our most common inquiries. 

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By Alyssa Ciancibello | 08/16/2021

BRIA Comment for the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Task Force, Public Forum

On Thursday, July 15, 2021, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging President and CEO Orion Bell delivered this testimony at The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) Task Force Public Forum. The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Task Force was established by the Ohio General Assembly to examine the needs of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias, the services available in this state for those individuals, and the ability of health care providers and facilities to meet the individuals' current and future needs. This testimony highlights three important recommendations to the Task Force to address quality of life and care concerns for individuals living with dementia and their family and friend caregivers in Ohio. 

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By Orion Bell | 07/23/2021

Five Social and Emotional Benefits of an Early Dementia Diagnosis

Early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and dementia is a sticky subject. According to a recent study, nearly 90 percent of Americans said that if they were exhibiting confusion and memory loss, they would want to know if they had Alzheimer’s disease. Yet, over half of the people aged 45 and older with subjective cognitive decline indicated they had not talked with a healthcare provider about their questions and concerns. 

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By Michelle Palmer | 06/15/2021

Dementia: NOT a Normal Part of Aging

This webinar addresses the common misconception that dementia is a normal part of aging, a key message of the Dementia Friends USA program. Breaking down misconceptions and stigma around dementia is one of the first steps to building dementia-inclusive communities. Topics presented include definition and types of dementia; how it impacts the brain; comparison of common changes seen in aging vs. early signs of dementia; how dementia is diagnosed, including conditions to rule out; and important next steps after diagnosis.

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By Marty Williman | 04/27/2021

Carlisle, G. K., Johnson, R. A., Wang, Z., Bibbo, J., Cheak-Zamora, N., & Lyons, L. A. (2020). Exploratory study of cat adoption in families of children with autism: Impact on children’s social skills and anxiety. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 58, 28–35. https://doi.org/doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2020.11.011