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Specialty care assisted living facilities (SCALF) in Alabama, which can also be called Alzheimer’s care, dementia care, memory care units, or Alzheimer special care units, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s care units can exist on their own, or in combination with other types of residential care. Specially trained staff constantly monitor residents to prevent wandering.
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*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community
There are numerous places to go and things to see in Alabama. There are abundant state parks, golf courses, and museums along with beautiful beaches. Battleship USS Alabama, Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, Little Rover Canyon National Preserve, and Gulf State Park are all popular options.
The climate in Alabama is very attractive with four seasons and a mild winter. The summer is hot with average high temperatures around 91 degrees and the winter low temperature is 34 degrees. With over 104 days of precipitation throughout the year, the state averages about 56 inches of rain and 1 inch of snow annually. There is a large amount of humidity especially during the summer, so the climate can feel uncomfortable at times. Southern hospitality is abundant as well as good homestyle cooking. A mix of southern comfort and cajun food, Alabama's menu serves some stellar dishes.
Memory care facilities have federal and state regulations in AL and those that are not licensed may not admit or advertise that they admit residents with severe cognitive impairments including dementia. To be admitted, residents must be screened and meet required scores that Alabama has set. All staff that come into contact with residents at the memory care unit are required to receive training before they interact with residents and then again for annual continuing education. Required staffing includes an administrator, medical director, one or more RNs, and a unit coordinator with at least two members being on duty 24/7.
Alabama is ranked 36th in Home and Community Safety according to 2015’s Safest States to Live In.
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Rainbow City 1.04 15.41 Vestavia Hills .65 13.4 Helena .95 8.16
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket are the typical ways that dementia care can be paid for in AL. At this time, there is no Medicaid waiver program. The average monthly cost for Memory Care in Alabama is about $4,266. For all insurance-related questions, please contact the US Department of Health and Human Services.
In Alabama, patients have the right to ask about and refuse any type of treatment as long as they have the cognitive ability to reasonably do so. Often times with memory care, patients do not have the cognitive abilities to make those decisions for themselves. In that case, they may legally appoint someone, a power of attorney, to make the decisions for them.
The resident of a memory care unit or their legal guardian should have access to their medical records at any time. The resident or legal guardian can give permission to others to review the records with a release.