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Alzheimer’s special care units in Arkansas, which can also go by the terms dementia care, Alzheimer’s care, or memory care, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia. They can be included in both Level I or Level II facilities. They typically include specially trained staff and other systems that constantly monitor residents to make sure they do not wander.
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There are numerous places to go and things to see in Arkansas. The Museum of Native American History, Garvan Woodland Gardens, and Intrigue Theater are a few examples of popular destinations in Arkansas. There are also religious attractions that range from old churches to chapels in the woods including Thorncrown Chapel and Christ of the Ozarks.
The climate in Arkansas is considered the most continental in the United States meaning that it has very hot summers and cold winters. During the summer, temperatures average around 92 degrees with high humidity levels. During late summer, the remains of tropical storms pass through providing significant amounts of rain, averaging 49 inches annually. Winters are relatively mild with average lows around 30 degrees, but cold fronts often come through resulting in lower temperatures, occasional snow, and ice. More snow can be expected in the Ozark mountain areas, but the state averages 4 inches per year. The spring is the time of the heaviest rain, often resulting from thunderstorms. Being at the heart of the south, Arkansas’ culture is very generous with polite manners and hospitality. The pace is much slower than other regions of the United States. Music is popular with country and bluegrass being at the forefront.
In Arkansas, Alzheimer’s care facilities have requirements in terms of assessment of residents, individual support plans, staffing, and services. Staff must be trained within five months of being hired and for at least eight hours per month for those five months. Memory Care staff must be trained in subjects including but not limited to treatment of dementia, stages of Alzheimer’s, wandering, communication skills, assessments, and individual support plan creation. Continued education training is also required every year.
Arkansas is ranked 43rd in overall safety according to 2015’s the Safest States to Live In. Crime in Arkansas can be seen by laying out the number of occurrences of specific crimes per 100,000 residents. Below are just a few of the safest cities in Arkansas.
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Greenwood 2.05 5.4 Bella Vista 1.41 6.03 Greenbrier .19 1.15
The average cost for memory care in Arkansas is $4,058. Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket are the typical methods that dementia care is paid for in Arkansas. Medicaid reimburses personal care services and Medicaid 1915(c) home and community-based service waiver provides services for those eligible for nursing home level care.
In AR, patients have the right to be informed about the type of treatment, a form of care, and services related to Alzheimer’s specialty care units. Residents of Alzheimer’s Care Facilities also have the right to receive the care they need while still retaining their privacy. The patient of a memory care community had the right to appoint someone to make decisions for them if they no longer have the cognitive ability to do so.
In the state of Arkansas, the patient, medical provider, or medical institution has the right to have access to the medical records of the patient upon request or with patient written permission. A doctor may deny access to records if he/she believes the information would be detrimental to the memory care patient’s health. Reasoning must be provided and a second doctor can be consulted to obtain records.