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Alzheimer’s care units in Louisiana, which can also go by the terms memory care, dementia care, or special care units, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia. They include staff trained to adequately monitor residents to prevent wandering and ensure safety.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Metairie $3,600 $4,950 New Orleans $3,772 $4,850 Shreveport $2,880 $4,315
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community
Throughout the state, there are museums, parks, plantations, gardens, and casinos including the National WWII Museum, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. New Orleans also has several attractions from churches to famous streets and districts like Bourbon Street and the St. Louis Cathedral. The state is filled with an abundance of entertainment opportunities for you or your loved one.
The climate in Louisiana is considered semi-tropical with most areas of the state having similar weather throughout the entire year. The differences between the summer and winter are minimal, but the fall, winter, and spring tend to be slightly milder than the summer. The high temperature is typically 92 degrees during the summer and the low is 40 degrees during the middle of winter. Areas closer to the Gulf of Mexico are more humid and receive more rain than those in the more northern regions of LA.
The creole culture in Louisiana is widespread and fuels the music and food tastes of the area. Blues and Jazz are very popular along with Creole food, which is similar to Cajun. New Orleans is known for its Mardi Gras celebrations that take place on Fat Tuesday and is derived from a French celebration. Parades take place throughout the city and on Bourbon Street.
In Louisiana, it is required for Alzheimer’s care units to provide an enclosed area so residents may go outside safely. The staff that works directly with dementia patients must have eight hours of dementia-specific training during the first 90s days of employment, and then an additional eight hours every year for continuing education. Other staff members that work in a memory care unit, even if not working directly with dementia patients, must also take part in an adequate amount of training as well.
Louisiana is ranked 45th 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 Minden 1.41 21.86 Mandeville 1.55 20.84 Patterson .33 10.97
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payment are the typical methods to pay for dementia care in Louisiana. At this time, there is no Medicaid home and community-based waiver available. If you have a question about insurance, please contact the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Patients have the right in Louisiana to be informed about their health status and be involved with decisions related to their care in a manner that they understand. Restraint or seclusion should not be used unless absolutely necessary, and then only in the least restrictive methods possible. The patient’s privacy should be respected to the highest extent possible. Someone may be designated by the patient of an Alzheimer’s care community to make health care decisions for them if they do not have the capacity to do so themselves.
In Louisiana, medial records must be provided within 24 business hours of an oral or written request by the patient or a legal representative of the patient. Additionally, upon request and after they have been reviewed, a copy must also be provided within 48 hours.