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Memory care units in Idaho, 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 that constantly monitor residents to ensure their safety.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Boise $1,995 $4,380 Meridian $2,000 $3,550 Nampa $2,400 $3,400
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community.
Many of the attractions in Idaho are nature centered, so there are many opportunities for enjoying state and national parks, trails, and monuments in addition to museums and other entertaining attractions. The Boise Rover Greenbelt, Craters of the Moon National Monument, and the Warhawk Air Museum are three popular attractions.
The climate in Idaho includes four seasons. Across the state, the average high for the summer is 64 degrees and around 30 degrees in the winter with greater ranges being common. The geography changes significantly throughout the state, so temperatures can significantly vary across the different regions of Idaho. The mountainous areas experience cooler temperatures, especially in the winter, and receive more precipitation and snow than the valley regions. As a whole, the state gets 17 inches of rain and 44 inches of snow annually. The culture in Idaho is like other Midwestern states with residents that are polite, friendly, and avoid confrontation. The largest religious population is Mormons, which is different than most other states in the US, excluding Utah.
In Idaho, memory care facilities that have residents with cognitive impairment must provide an interior and exterior space that is secure and safe. Staff working in a community that admits residents with dementia must be trained and educated in an overview of dementia, symptoms, and behaviors, communication and behavior management.
Idaho is ranked 28th in overall safety according to 2016’s Safest States to Live In.
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Rexburg .33 8.08 Meridian .79 13.53 Emmett 2.27 11.06
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payment are the typical methods that dementia care is paid for in Idaho. A Medicaid home and community-based service waiver and state plan cover personal care. The average monthly cost for Memory Care in Idaho is about $3,098. For all insurance-related questions, please contact the US Department of Health and Human Services.
In Idaho, patients have the right to be informed in a manner that they are able to understand their health status and be involved in the plan for care and treatment. The patient’s privacy should be respected to the fullest extent possible. Refusal of treatment is permitted and you must inform the patient about the consequences of the decision. The patient of an Alzheimer’s care community has the right to appoint a health care representative to make decisions for them if they do not have the cognitive ability to do so.
In Idaho, medical records must be safeguarded against loss, destruction, or unauthorized use. The memory care patient, or power of attorney, may access the medical records and they should be made available within 30 days of a request in the format that you chose, if possible.