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Memory care facilities in North Dakota, which can also go by the terms dementia care, Alzheimer’s care, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia. They typically include trained staff and other systems to ensure patient safety.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Fargo $4,200 $4,625 Dickinson $4,550 $4,950
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy rooms in a memory care community
Nature, historical, and cultural sites are common attractions throughout the state. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota Heritage Center, Scandinavian Heritage Park, and Fort Union Trading Post are all popular. There are also zoos and additional museums available for enjoyment in North Dakota.
The climate in North Dakota supports mild summers and often bitter-cold winters. The summer high usually averages around 82 degrees and the winter low, -4. The state gets over 200 days of sunshine per year and much less precipitation than the US average. North Dakota gets approximately 18 inches of rain annually and 34 inches of snow with the US average being 37 and 25 inches. Areas of the state are relatively arid, but there is enough rain to support crop growth.
North Dakota’s culture is influenced by Native Americans, Germans, and Scandinavians. While English is the most widely spoken language throughout the state, there is also a minority of residents that speak German as their first language. Similarly to other states in the Midwest, sincerity and friendliness are common characteristics in residents of North Dakota.
The North Dakota law requires that Alzheimer’s facilities can be available in basic care facilities, but not in assisted living facilities. Basic care facilities are licensed by the Department of Health and focus on providing room, board, health, social, and personal care to help residents maintain their highest level of function. While no specific training is mandated for memory care, staff working for basic care facilities must undergo annual training on the mental and physical needs and behavior problems of the residents.
North Dakota is ranked 18th in overall safety according to 2016’s the Safest States to Live In.
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Resident Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents West Fargo 1.76 17.09 Minot 3.15 25.15 Wahpeton 2.15 23.79
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payments are typical methods of paying for dementia care in North Dakota. Medicaid eligible individuals can qualify for a personal care option, which pays for basic care community services.
In North Dakota, patients have the right to be informed in an understandable manner about their diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis unless that information is deemed medically inadvisable. Personal privacy should be respected to the fullest extent possible. The patient of a memory care community has the right to appoint an individual to be informed, present, and to make decisions if they no longer have the ability to do so.
In the state of North Dakota, medical records must be kept confidential. A patient or their legal representative may sign an authorized request to get a copy of the medical records. The health care provider must provide a copy for a regulated fee.