Homelessness And Dementia; How Can Primrose Help?
Many neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and others can predispose people to homelessness because these diseases can cause poor mental health, lack of affordable housing, less access to community resources, and low income.
“More than 50% of homeless people are elderly, and one of the primary reasons behind this is a higher prevalence of dementia-related illnesses in them.”**
Reckoning with their homelessness and psychological needs, Primrose provides specialized mental health care to homeless people experiencing dementia and other neurological problems.
Association between homelessness and dementia
Dementia patients are more vulnerable to homelessness because of many factors such as the following:
- Low income as people with cognitive impairments is offered fewer jobs or other income-related opportunities.
- Lack of affordable housing as no special subsidies are provided to people with dementia.
- Social exclusion because of estranged behaviors from the surrounding people.
- Less access to community resources.
Besides these, other factors such as poor mental health due to these cognitive conditions also make people move towards homelessness.
How does Primrose Healthcare help?
Primrose provides living facilities with special considerations for people with poor mental health. Moreover, Primrose also has a team of mental health professionals who have expertise in preserving and promoting the mental health of people experiencing cognitive impairments such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and others.
Living facilities of Primrose:
Primrose healthcare has numerous living facilities for homeless people, such as supervised living, assisted living, host homes, and supported homes. These facilities have distinguishing features that are organized particularly for those homeless people who have mental health issues. Some of these include,
- Development of daily living skills such as communication, socialization, and self-care skills.
- Close monitoring to avoid negative events.
- Assistance in secure transportation.
- Medication reminders, which are very helpful in patients experiencing dementia.
- Peer support groups where those who have similar conditions can interact with one another.
Mental health professionals at Primrose
Primrose has well-trained and licensed mental health professionals who help homeless patients in recovery management and develop skills necessary for daily living activities. Services provided by those include psychosocial rehabilitation, counseling, and recovery management. Moreover, Primrose also provides nursing support for homeless people who need treatment adherence and careful monitoring.
Other services that can help such homeless people:
Primrose also provides the following services that help homeless people experiencing dementia or other such neurodegenerative disorders:
- Employment services. These services include training the individuals according to their cognitive capacity and then matching them with employers. Using these services, even homeless people with marked cognitive loss can gain financial independence to some extent.
- Access to community resources allows these people to utilize community resources during their recovery phase.
- Flexible funds to help people accommodate their living.
- Adaptive aids may include therapeutic alarms, reminders, distracters, or symptom trackers. These tools are very beneficial for people with mental health conditions such as memory impairments, autism, cognitive disabilities, and many others.
Should you need any assistance or seek any query related to our services for homeless individuals, feel free to contact us or visit us any time.
**This statistic is from Frontiers In Neurology: Neurodegenerative Disease and the Experience of Homelessness