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Memory care in Colorado, 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 ensure their safety. Alzheimer’s facilities can either be part of an assisted care community or their own secured unit.
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*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community
Colorado is full of naturally beautiful places, so a large number of attractions in Colorado are parks, mountains, and trails. The Garden of the Gods, Trail Ridge Road, and Telluride Mountain are three popular choices. There are also plentiful museums, tours, and gardens available for enjoyment throughout the state such as the Denver Botanical Gardens and the Denver Art Museum.
The climate in CO allows it to be one of the sunniest places in the country receiving approximately 300 days of sun every year. In the mountainous regions, 300 inches of snow can be expected, with less snow in the lower elevations. Significant snow can be expected to begin in September, but there are areas that get snow almost every month of the year.
The average temperature in the summer reaches 96 degrees. Depending on where in Colorado you are and in the winter, temperatures often fall below zero.
Colorado’s culture is laid back with a common enjoyment of nature. Snow sports including skiing and snowboarding are popular because of the extensive number of ski resorts throughout the Rocky Mountains.
In Colorado, Alzheimer’s care facilities are required to have adequate staffing that can meet the needs of the residents. Secured care is an option, and in those instances, at least one staff member that is appropriately trained must be in the secured unit at all times.
Colorado is ranked 25th 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 Frederick .18 4.39 Castle Rock .74 8.27 Louisville .75 14.12
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payment are the typical methods that dementia care is paid for in Colorado. Services in alternative care facilities are covered by a Medicaid home and community-based service waiver. The average monthly cost for Memory Care in Colorado is about $4,714.
In CO, patients have the right to be informed about and refuse any type of treatment, to have visitation time, and to participate in all areas of the plan for care. 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 representative to make the decisions for them.
In the state of Colorado, medical records are assessable to the patient or the designated representative through and written and dated request. A doctor must allow access within 30 days and a hospital with 10 days.