Primary Care Customized for Patients with Dementia
And the People Who Care About Them
Dementia isn’t like other diseases. It brings unique challenges and specific needs for the whole family, not just the person living with dementia. These broader needs aren’t always met by traditional healthcare practices.
That's Why IMC Is Here
Integrated Memory Care (IMC) remains the only primary care practice in the U.S. specifically made for people living with dementia and their care partners. The model helps families navigate the long road of dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal degeneration, Lewy body disease, cerebrovascular disease, and other causes.
IMC is the first program of its kind in the nation, and its model is now available in select senior living communities in the Atlanta area.
For a monthly fee, residents living with dementia are served by our unique care model; primary and dementia care delivered right where they live. Community participants also benefit from the expertise of an occupational therapist and a Dementia Care Assistant who works with them weekly in one-on-one activities created just for them.
The Community program provides the following:
Before establishing care in the IMC, patients must have a diagnosis of a type of dementia. Potential patients must live in a participating senior living community and be willing to change primary care providers. Medical records may be needed to determine eligibility.
If you are interested, complete the Interest Form and we will contact you.
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Primary Care Customized for Patients with Dementia
The IMC Clinic is a unique primary care practice created with input from family caregivers. Patients and their family care partners can receive multiple services at one location.
The team of expert providers offers the following services:
Most importantly, at IMC, family members are an important part of our model. Unlike other care models, family is involved at every step of the journey.
Before establishing care in the IMC, patients must have a diagnosis of a type of dementia. Medical records may be needed to determine eligibility.
Terry Wyatt and Jenny Loveless are inseparable. The daughter and mother live within an hour's drive of the Integrated Memory Care Clinic, where Jenny has been a patient since 2015.
"You don't know what a blessing the clinic has been," says Wyatt. The nurses there manage her mother's care for a variety of conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, atrial defibrillation, and low vision. Loveless, 79, also has dementia.
"Most of mom's doctor's appointments are at Emory now," says Wyatt. "My mother didn't want to give up the heart doctor who put in her pacemaker, so the clinic coordinates her care with her heart doctor and endocrinologist at WellStar."
The IMCC has made life easier for Wyatt, who cares for her mother and a teenage nephew at home. "Going from doctor to doctor was hard enough," she says. "The IMCC nipped that in the bud by providing most of her care in one place."
IMC’s breakthrough approach to dementia-friendly primary care wouldn’t be possible without generous donations from people like you. Longer appointments, direct phone access, and caregiver support are all made possible by donations from friends of IMCC.
If you’d like to support our mission of changing the way care is provided, please consider making your tax-deductible donation today.
Patients’ care is managed by nurse practitioners who have advanced training and specialization in dementia, geriatrics, and palliative care. Those nurse practitioners collaborate with our geriatricians and neurologists regularly. IMC’s community care workers provide regular connections with patients, families, and facility staff. Our clinical social workers are key team members, ensuring that both patients and their families are supported throughout the process.
The IMC team is a part of Emory Healthcare, the most extensive health care system in Georgia and home to the Emory Brain Health Center and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.
Meredith specializes in geriatrics and dementia care. She sees residents within IMC in Community. She is a dually certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, who provides both medical and behavioral health care services.
Carolyn specializes in geriatrics and Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. She does not see patients at the IMCiC, but she monitors the after-hours line.
Cotenna specializes in geriatrics and dementia care. She sees residents for scheduled primary care appointments every three months.
Alison specializes in geriatrics with experience in Alzheimer's disease and dementia, primary care of older adults, and community based palliative care. She sees residents for scheduled primary care appointments every three months.
Kalisha specializes in geriatric psychiatry and has expertise in depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders and behavioral or psychological symptoms of dementia. She is consulted by the primary nurse practitioner and has scheduled visits with residents as needed.
Kari specializes in geriatrics with experience in Alzheimer's disease and dementia, primary care of older adults, and community based palliative care. She does not see resident within IMCiC, but she monitors the after-hours line.
Debbie specializes in palliative care and geriatrics. She does not see residents within IMCiC, but she monitors the after-hours line.
Dr. Johnson is a geriatrician and the chair of Emory’s Department of Family and Preventive medicine. He does not see residents within IMCiC, but he consults with the nurse practitioners and monitors the after-hours line.
Dr. Kulshreshtha is a family and preventive medicine physician. He does not see residents within IMCiC, but he consults with nurse practitioners and monitors the after-hours line.
Laura communicates with residents and caregivers to assess needs, coordinate care, and plan for future needs.
Elisabeth routes clinical concerns and assists families with coordinating the patient’s healthcare needs. She conducts annual wellness visits.
Elizabeth routes clinical concerns and assists families with coordinating the patient’s healthcare needs.
Jenny communicates with residents and caregivers to assess needs, coordinate care, and plan for future needs.
Teera assists with new patient orientation, and administrative needs of the IMC.