Annual care costs, both direct and indirect, for consumers with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) total nearly $120,000. This equates to approximately $48,000 in direct costs, and about $72,000 in indirect costs. FTD consists of a group of disorders that affect language, personality, behavior, cognition, and motor dysfunction, over the course of a 2 to 20-year period. Direct costs include patient medical care, patient residential care, respite care, patient medical equipment and supplies, and paid home care with formal caregivers. Indirect costs include unpaid home care for family and friends, patient lost wages, and caregiver lost wages.
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