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Alzheimer’s special care units in Missouri, which can also go by the terms memory care, dementia care, or Alzheimer’s care, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia. They include specially trained staff to adequately monitor residents to prevent wandering and ensure safety.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Kansas City $3,500 $7,000 Springfield $3,800 $6,324 St. Louis $3,363 $20,000
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy rooms in a memory care community
The city of St. Louis has a lot of attractions to offer from parks and stadiums to theaters and museums. The Missouri Botanical Gardens, Forest Park, The Fox Theater, and Busch Stadium are popular options. The rest of the state offers similar attractions in addition to many others like the National WWI Museum and Memorial and Table Rock Lake.
The overall climate in Missouri is considered continental and supports four seasons. In the height of the summer, high temperatures average 89 degrees and during the winter, the low averages 20 degrees. Heat waves during the summer are common and the state averages 206 days of sun annually. Out of 92 days of measurable precipitation throughout the year, on average Missouri receives 41 inches of snow and 14 inches of rain.
One aspect of the culture in Missouri is that Mark Twain was a native of the state and the author of both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Both were set in Hannibal, MO. Another is that baseball, specifically the St. Louis Cardinals, has a large following and many residents consider themselves die-hard fans.
In Missouri, facilities that market themselves as providing services for Alzheimer’s or dementia care are required to disclose the exact type of care or treatment that they provide. Alzheimer’s care staff that work directly with residents must undergo at least three hours of orientation training specifically on dementia. The staff that have daily contact, but not direct care of dementia residents must undergo one hour of initial dementia training. Dementia training must also be part of the ongoing service training at the memory care community.
Missouri is ranked 40th 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 Bonne Terre .85 4.41 Webster Groves 1.81 9.92 Ballwin .26 6.88
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payments are the typical methods to pay for dementia care in Missouri. The Medicaid state plan covers personal care and advanced personal care services. The average monthly cost for Memory Care in Missouri is about $7,308.
Patients have the right in MO to be informed, in a manner they understand, their health status and be involved in decisions related to care including options, risks, benefits, outcomes and side effects. It is also their decision to consent or refuse treatment. The patient’s privacy should be respected as much as possible. Someone may be designated by the patient of an Alzheimer’s care community to be involved and informed to make health care decisions for them if they do not have the capacity to do so themselves.
In Missouri, patients are able to access their medical records through a written request and a copy should be provided within a reasonable amount of time and once fees have been paid. Health care providers may not provide the records if it will interfere with the patient’s treatment.