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Memory care in Arizona, which can also go by the terms dementia care, Alzheimer’s care, or Alzheimer special care units, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia. They typically include specially trained staff and other systems that constantly monitor residents to make sure they do not wander.
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Arizona is full of natural wonders including the Grand Canyon, which is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. There are many other beautiful natural attractions as well for those who like to explore the outdoors. Additionally, there are museums, golf courses, and shopping possibilities throughout Arizona.
Deserts and mountains occupy much of Arizona, so the climate and weather varies depending on where you are in the state. The mountainous areas are much colder than average, especially during the winter. The average temperatures can reach a high of 81 degrees in the summer and the low during the winter is around 40 degrees. The desert areas have a significant temperature range throughout the day with them being hot and sunny during the day and cold and clear during the night. AZ has 286 days of sunshine during the year. There is significantly less rainfall in the desert climates when compared to the mountain climates. The state averages 11 inches of rain and 7 inches of snow over 41 precipitation days over the course of the year. Arizona’s culture has influences from Native Americans, which can be recognized in some of the names of its cities. Recently the Arizona SB 1070 law was passed. It imposes strict laws regarding immigrations making AZ seem to be a very conservative part of the county. While this is true, the number of liberals is growing.
In Arizona, Alzheimer’s Care Facilities are required to follow directed care rules. For directed care, it is required that caregivers are given an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. There must be enough care providers and other staff to meet the needs of the residents and provide service to the level mandated by the community’s licensing.
Arizona is ranked 44th in overall safety according to 2015’s Safest States to Live In.
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents San Luis 1.61 14.7 Gilbert .87 14.52 Florence 1.19 5.61
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket are the typical methods that dementia care is paid for in Arizona. Services in memory care specialized in assisted living can be covered by a Medicaid home and community-based waiver. The average monthly cost of Memory Care in Arizona is about $3,458.
In Arizona, patients have the right to be informed 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 a surrogate decision maker to make the decisions for them. Patients also have the right to submit concerns about your care to the state.
In the state of Arizona, medical records are considered private and can only be released to authorized individuals by state or federal law. Records should also be made available within 10 days of the request unless it is not in your best interest. If that is the case then you should be made aware of those reasons in writing.