Integrated Memory Care

Integrated Memory Care (IMC) at Emory remains the only dedicated primary care practice in the U.S. specifically tailored for people living with dementia and their care partners. The model helps families navigate the long road of dementia syndrome due to Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal degeneration, Lewy body disease, cerebrovascular disease, and other causes. Since 2015, the IMC Clinic maintains top-tier performance in patient and family experience, measures of dementia care quality, at the same time as it manages chronic health issues so well that its patients are able to avoid unnecessary emergency department visits and hospital stays.

Care in Clinic

Dementia isn’t like other disease states. It brings unique challenges and specific needs for the whole family, not just the person who has been diagnosed. These broader needs aren’t always met by traditional healthcare models.

That’s why IMC Clinic is here.

The IMC Clinic is a practice created with input of family caregivers and includes:

  • Longer appointments and individualized attention
  • Family meetings to discuss care goals and needs
  • Full primary care by a nurse practitioner who specializes in dementia care
  • A geriatric nurse practitioner for behavioral and psychiatric symptoms
  • After-hours phone access on evenings and weekends for established patients
  • Prescription requests and refills by phone or online
  • Real collaboration through our Patient and Family Advisory Council
  • Care coordination to organize healthcare needs
  • Support for transitions of care to hospice or skilled nursing care as applicable
  • Support groups, practical education & stress management for family caregivers

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.

The Integrated Memory Care Clinic earned Patient-Centered Medical Home Level 3 Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Level 3 recognition is the organization's highest recognition level.

  • “As a support group leader and a spouse to my husband with FTD, I refer everyone to IMC. It is one-of-a-kind care for those with dementia. They think of me as part of their team in my husband’s care. The 24/7 nurse line gives me comfort in knowing they are always there for me.” - IMCC Caregiver
  • "The IMCC model stands apart from the rest. I am and will forever be grateful to the IMCC for the care they provided to both my mother and myself." - IMCC Caregiver

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Care in Community

IMC is the single source primary care solution that’s the first program of its kind in the nation. At our clinic, we provide all our patients’ primary healthcare needs in a way that’s sensitive to the realities of dementia.

Now, that care model is also available at select senior living communities.

Better for Patients’ Needs,
Better for Care Partners’ Needs

IMC has reconsidered the way we deliver primary care—and we’re still making changes for the better. We realized that for some patients and their care partners, visiting our clinic location wasn’t always easy. For some leaving home, commuting, parking, and visiting an unfamiliar location is a burden in its own right.

That’s why we’ve created our innovative senior living community model. For a monthly fee, we bring care to select senior living communities that many people with dementia call home. It’s dementia-sensitive primary care delivered right to where patients live:

  • Appointments with a nurse practitioner conducted at senior living community
  • Evaluation and individualized treatment plans by an occupational therapist
  • Weekly tailored activities by a dementia care assistant
  • Pharmacist medication reviews
  • Occupational therapy assessments designed to help maintain the highest level of functioning possible as long as possible

To learn more about our treatments and services, please visit Emory Healthcare.

Nurses are available 24 hours a day.
Nurse practitioners are available evenings and weekends for established patients.

Support IMC

Your Support Makes a Difference

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.

Meet the Team

The IMC Care Team is different from traditional models.

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.

Emory News

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