ATLANTA, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) and HCR ManorCare announced today that the two organizations are working together to provide a collaborative approach to providing support to those affected by Lewy body dementia.
Starting this fall a new pilot program will be launched to provide Lewy body dementia (LBD) support groups at five of the HCR ManorCare Arden Courts facilities. Arden Courts is part of the HCR ManorCare health care family. HCR ManorCare is a leading provider of home health care and hospice services, short-term post-acute services and long-term care. Locations for the new support groups will be in Avon, Connecticut; Easton, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; Cherry Hill and Wayne, New Jersey.
"We're coming together to serve these local communities," Mike Koehler, CEO, of the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) said of the new collaborative with Arden Courts, which specializes in memory care. The new program allows LBDA to expand its growing network of support groups to reach more families and caregivers who are dealing with LBD. "The teaming of our resources will be the first major corporate collaboration of its kind to focus on providing LBD education and support through these Arden Courts facilities," added Koehler.
The Arden Courts communities are designed specifically to promote a friendly environment that fosters the feeling of being home with an emphasis on safety and security for those living with dementia. "We are excited to bring the resources and experience of the Lewy Body Dementia Association into our caregiving family," said John Graham, Vice President and General Manager, Assisted Living Division. "HCR ManorCare's priority has always been to focus on providing the highest quality care possible to meet the needs and expectations of those we serve."
Approximately 1.4 million people in the U.S. have LBD, and the non-profit LBDA is the only national organization solely dedicated to this disease in the U.S. LBD, a complex disease that can present with a range of physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms, is a "family" disease dramatically impacting not only the person diagnosed but also their family caregivers.