– Teleneurology Tips for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients –
Teleneurology is on the rise. Top neurologists agree on the increasing benefits and safety advantages of accessing virtual care via phone or video consults. Particularly for Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia patients, teleneurology offers convenient and focused medical care in a comfortable home setting.
Tampa neurologist and founder of Be Mobile Neurology, Dr. Deborah Boland, travels to provide in-home neurological visits around Tampa Bay, Bradenton, Sarasota, and across Florida. Although through telemedicine, Dr. Boland’s services are not limited to geographic boarders. Telemedicine allows patients in homes anywhere, even in rural areas, to access the expertise of top neurologists.
Choosing the Best Neurologic Services for Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
In recognition of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, Dr. Boland shared some brainy tips to help patients and caregivers choose the best neurologic services for individualized plans of care.
Remarkably, nearly 50 million people around the world live with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, such as vascular dementia or dementia with Lewy bodies. Here are neurologist tips on how telehealth improves access to care and treatments for Alzheimer’s, dementia, and brain disorders:
- START EARLY WITH A SIMPLE CALL: In most types of brain disorders, there is a gradual worsening of symptoms. An easy-to-schedule televisit, whether by phone or video, allows a neurologist to evaluate early signs of memory loss, judgement difficulties, and other issues. Early identification helps determine treatment plans to mitigate risks and possibly delay progression.
- SAVE TIME WITH PATIENT-CENTERED CARE: Leverage the flexibility and immediacy of telehealth from home, assisted living, or a skilled nursing facility. Remove barriers to medical care due to distance, mobility, disability, anxiety, or impairments. Telehealth visits are prompt and focused. No office distractions, and no time wasted in waiting rooms. Patients get individualized care plans for living fuller lives despite the neurodegenerative disease process.
- REDUCE ANXIETY AND IMPROVE OUTCOMES: Teleneurology makes the experience more comfortable for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia patients that have difficulties, outbursts, or issues leaving their residence. In a home setting, caregivers can remove distractions for patients like loud noises, bright lights, or other stressors to help facilitate a calm and productive neurological televisit.
- GET REGULAR CHECK-UPS AND CHECK-INS: Easily access teleneurology and video visits with a neurologist to evaluate cognitive health, behaviors, strength, sensation, reflexes, walking, balance, coordination, and more. Via telehealth membership programs, Dr. Boland conducts video consults, discusses treatments, manages prescriptions, and coordinates neurologic care plans with family, caregivers, and physicians. Also, she can check in via calls, texts, or emails to optimize patient care.