Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia pose special challenges and require special care. These communities may be free standing or part of a continuum of care and are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with memory issues. Staff have received special training in dementia care and most communities are secured units.
Dementia care communities are specially designed care settings where the unique needs of the memory impaired are met. The design varies. Most are built to feel home-like with private or semi private rooms opening into a spacious living area with a circular design that allows the resident to move freely without long, confining hallways. They typically have an outdoor area that residents have access to throughout the day, weather permitting. This type of facility is always secured to protect residents who might otherwise want to wander. Residents are able to have their own personal items to feel more like home.
Most Memory units are licensed Residential Care Facilities. Some Adult Care Homes also specialize in dementia care. This care is expensive, often starting at over $4000 per month plus the cost of care, which is not covered by Medicare or health insurance. Some Memory Care communities will accept Medicaid after a spend down period.
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