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Specialized memory care units in Georgia, which can also go by the terms dementia care, Alzheimer’s care, or 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 and prevent wandering.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Marietta $1,500 $6,100 Atlanta $1,700 $7,500 Lawrenceville $1,200 $3,930
The foliage is very popular in Georgia in the Fall and Spring, bringing brightly colored leaves in the Fall and the gorgeous flowers in the Spring. Aside from Georgia’s nature, there are an abundant number of historically significant locations including the Savannah Historic District. Georgia is also home to parks, museums, and tours along with beaches that are available for enjoyment. Driftwood Beach, Museum of Aviation, and Amicalola Falls State Park are some of the most popular locations.
While the climate throughout Georgia varies depending on the area, all regions have four seasons. The summers are relatively long with average high temperatures around 82 degrees. Winters are short with average high temperatures in the 40s. The topography changes significantly throughout the state with everything from beaches to mountains. The north mountainous areas and receive snowfalls, but the annual average snow for the whole state is approximately one inch. Georgia is located in the south, so its culture is similar to other states in the region.
Georgia law requires specialized memory care units to have staff that are adequately trained and understand how to work with residents with dementia or related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. There must be safety devices in place on doors to prevent patients from wandering, and facilities must have up-to-date and current pictures of residents on file.
Georgia is ranked 34th in safety according to 2015’s Safest States to Live In.
Crime in Georgia can be seen by laying out the number of occurrences of specific crimes per 100,000 residents. Below are a few of the safest cities to live in.
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Grovetown .31 9.24 Acworth 1.88 27.9 Peachtree City .29 12.63
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket are the typical methods used to pay for dementia care in Georgia. A Medicaid home and community-based service waiver cover two models of personal care homes (PCHs), but Medicaid reimbursement is not available for assisted living communities (ALCs).
In Georgia, patients have the right to be informed in an understandable manner about their care unless that information is deemed medically inadvisable. The patient’s privacy should be respected to the fullest extent possible. Refusal of treatment is permitted and you must be informed about the consequences of the decision. The patient of a memory care community has the right to appoint a personal representative to make decisions for them if they do not have the cognitive ability to do so.
In Georgia, medical records need the patient’s consent and confidentiality waiver to be released, except by subpoena or other court order. Upon written request by the patient of the authorized person, the patient’s current caretaker should provide records unless they are deemed to be potentially detrimental to the patient’s health.