Specialized communities, designed to care for and meet the ever changing needs of those people with Dementia, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lewy-Bodies, and others types are referred to as memory care facilities or secure memory care communities (or units within a larger community). They are secure, meaning they require a pass card, key or code to enter and exit to keep the residents from wandering away from the community. Dementia-related care communities can be skilled nursing facilities or residential care facilities with the added endorsement for care of those with dementia.
Memory Care is tailored to the individual
In Oregon, a resident of a specialized dementia unit must have a dementia-related diagnosis. Staff are specifically trained to manage the behaviors and needs of those with cognitive impairments.
The care plan and services are driven by the resident’s needs, preferences, behavior, and ability to cooperate, rather than an expectation of them to actively participate on their own accord.
Most memory care communities are equipped to take care of the residents with a dementia-related diagnosis through hospice and the end of life.
Medicare does not pay for this level of care, but funding through Medicaid, Veterans benefits and long term care insurance are common avenues (other than private pay) used to pay for this level of care.
As of 2015, the Portland Metro area had 21 licensed memory care communities.
Beaverton and the greater Washington County had 25 licensed memory care communities.
Clackamas County had 20 licensed memory care communities.
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