Memory Care: When Alzheimer’s and Memory Issues are Present
Memory care caters specifically to people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other types of memory problems. Sometimes called special care units (SCUs), memory care communities usually include 24-hour supervised care within a secure area of a residential community.
In addition to providing assistance with activities of daily living, as you would expect in assisted living, the staff in memory care communities should be specially trained to assist residents with dementia or impaired cognition. In addition, the physical layout and security of memory care communities should be designed to prevent wandering behavior and make navigation pleasant and easy. This is clearly evident at Aravilla Memory Care, which incorporates dozens of features to accommodate the special needs of our residents.
In addition to the general state-level licensing of assisted living, memory care is further regulated in 23 states by special care unit disclosure laws requiring care providers to disclose the special services they offer. However, because these laws are not yet universal, it is critical for caregivers to research facilities well before making a decision.
Assisted living facilities are not federally regulated, but they should be licensed by the state in which they are located.
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