Home Care Assistance of Minnesota Announces New Activities-Based Program to Delay Cognitive Decline

St. Louis Park, MN (PRWEB) April 30, 2014 - Home Care Assistance of Minnesota, a leading provider of in-home senior care, is proud to unveil the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™, an activity-based cognitive intervention program, designed to delay the onset of new symptoms and the progression of existing symptoms in individuals with mild to moderate dementia. Based on cutting-edge scientific research and a National Institutes of Health report suggesting that mental stimulation is associated with slower cognitive decline, the Method currently includes over 20 activities targeting the five primary cognitive domains. Home Care Assistance caregivers are trained in the Method so that clients receive one-on-one mental stimulation as well as support with basic care and activities of daily living, supporting overall quality of life.

“The Cognitive Therapeutics Method is the first program of its kind designed to manage symptoms of dementia by using cognitive activities, performed one-to-one with clients in their homes,” said Dr. Samuel Gontkovsky, Executive Director of Research and Development. “Our research shows that the comfort and familiarity of the home is most conducive to prolonging mental acuity without the challenges and added stress of adjusting to a strange environment.”

The activities included in CTM target the five primary domains of cognition: executive functioning, memory, visual-spatial perception, attention and language. Having a caregiver trained in CTM offers a unique alternative to clinics and residential centers in which there are a small number of staff members caring for many patients and in which services involving personalized cognitive rehabilitation are limited or nonexistent. Providing professional care within the home not only allows clients to maintain their privacy but also supports psychological and emotional wellbeing.

"Our program will have an extremely beneficial impact on the trajectory of cognitive decline for many older adults," said Greg Young, owner of Home Care Assistance of Minnesota. "We are excited and proud to be on the forefront of this research."

Many home care companies claim that they are dementia experts or that their caregivers are trained to provide premier dementia care. While these caregivers do typically understand the symptoms of dementia and how to manage difficult behaviors associated with the disease, they do not have the training or expertise to cognitively engage clients and delay the onset of new symptoms. Home Care Assistance caregivers trained in CTM are equipped to not only slow cognitive decline among clients, but also delay the onset of symptoms.

For more information about the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™, visit http://www.CognitiveTherapeutics.com or call Home Care Assistance of Minnesota at 952-236-7527.

About Cognitive Therapeutics

Cognitive Therapeutics is the scientific division of Home Care Assistance and provides a full range of cognitive activities for individuals with cognitive difficulties, including Alzheimer’s disease, within the home. The Cognitive Therapeutics Method is the first program of its kind to promote increased daily functioning through cognitive rehabilitation in the familiar home environment. The goal of the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, which was developed based on scientific research pointing to non-pharmacological interventions as a way to slow cognitive decline, is to delay the onset of new symptoms and to delay the progression of existing symptoms of cognitive decline. Home Care Assistance caregivers are trained to administer activities in the Cognitive Therapeutics Method to keep clients engaged and mentally sharp. For more information about the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, visit http://www.CognitiveTherapeutics.com.

About Home Care Assistance

Home Care Assistance is the leading provider of home care for seniors across the United States and Canada. Our mission is to change the way the world ages. We provide older adults with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. Our services are distinguished by the caliber of our caregivers, the responsiveness of our staff and our expertise in Live-In care. We embrace a positive, balanced approach to aging centered on the evolving needs of older adults. A 2013 Franchise500® and Inc. 5000 Company, Home Care Assistance has received numerous industry awards including Entrepreneur’s Fastest-Growing Franchises and Franchise Business Review’s Top 50. For more information about Home Care Assistance, our services and franchise opportunities, visit homecareassistance.com or franchise.homecareassistance.com.


Kathryn Zakskorn
Home Care Assistance
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