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Tuesday, Nov. 14th 2017

Dementia Nursing Care – Memory Care With Clover Care Home

General memory care in a nursing facility and long-term dementia nursing care are similar but different options for seniors with dementia. State regulations vary regarding what services should be offered in senior care communities. Both memory care and dementia nursing care facilities offer supervised care and medical monitoring. In addition to the general state-level licensing of care facilities, dementia nursing care is further regulated in some states by special care facility disclosure laws that require care providers to disclose the specific services offered. Because these laws are not yet universal, it is critical for caregivers to research facilities well before making a decision.

General memory care basically consists of housing, support services and health care management. When seniors suffer from memory loss and can no longer live independently, dementia care can become necessary. Caregivers must choose between a general memory care facility or a more specialized dementia nursing care facility. Many assisted living communities and care facilities have both memory care and dementia nursing care units at one location.

Both types of dementia care homes provide accommodations, around-the-clock supervision from staff, meals and help with everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing or eating. Dementia nursing care is a distinct form of long-term skilled nursing that specifically caters to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other more severe problems. The staff in dementia nursing care are specially trained to assist people with dementia or impaired cognition. The physical layout and security of dementia nursing care wards is designed to meet Alzheimer’s and dementia patients’ needs, so that wandering behavior is minimized and the environment is pleasant and easy to navigate.

Cost is another important factor marking the difference between a general memory care facility and a dementia nursing care facility. Both types of establishment are subject to many of the same variables such as geographic location, the size of the room and whether the space is private or shared. The services provided also factor in. Other, more specific factors, can determine costs for the two types of care. General assisted living and memory care facilities usually charge a base monthly rate that covers the cost of the room and two to three meals a day. This charge usually includes housekeeping, laundry and other services, but others may charge extra for the basic services so caregivers should get a cost breakdown for each facility they are looking at. Specialized dementia nursing care services tend to be significantly higher on average, and the costs vary widely. There are options available to help pay for both type of dementia care and can reduce the out-of-pocket expense, such as Medicare, Medicaid and veterans’ benefits.

Clover Care Home in Kansas City provides general memory care and dementia nursing care in order to meet the needs of family members. We are a leader in the community, and dedicated to providing the most sincere dementia and Alzheimer’s care home in Kansas City. Please call 913-991-2605 to arrange a tour of our facility where staff will meet with you to address all your needs.


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