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Memory care facilities in Oregon, which can also go by the terms dementia care, Alzheimer’s care, or specialty care units, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia by the use of services and activities that provide help and brain development. 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 Portland $1,700 $6,136 Salem $2,600 $5,925 Beaverton $2,200 $7,000
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community
Natural beauties are some of the most popular attractions in Oregon including the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Crater Lake National Park, and Haystack Rock along with many others. There are also museums, gardens, and beaches.
The climate in Oregon supports four seasons with warm summers and relatively mild winters. The high temperature during the summer averages around 81 degrees and the winter low around 30 degrees. Over the course of the year, 133 days of precipitation and 175 days of sunshine can be expected. When compared to the United States as a whole, Oregon gets more rain, but less snow than the average.
The culture in Oregon is based on friendliness. The state is very progressive and boasts a very vibrant music scene. Those looking to relax in this west coast state will surely enjoy the great outdoors Oregon has to offer.
The law in Oregon requires that memory care facilities must meet endorsement rules that focus on person-centered care, resident protection, and dementia-specific training. The community, or part of a community, must have a way of securing or limiting access outside of the designated community. Staff must be trained on topics that address the needs of Alzheimer’s patients within 30 days of being hired and before interacting with residents. Four additional hours of dementia-specific service training must be provided every year. Further training is necessary for an administrator. There must also be enough staff to meet the scheduled and unscheduled needs of memory care patients.
Oregon is ranked 32th 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 Brookings .94 9.37 Scappoose .73 7.59 West Linn .34 10.39
For all insurance-related questions, please contact the US Department of Health and Human Services. Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket are the typical methods used to pay for dementia care in OR. A tiered system for reimbursement is available for a Medicaid home and community-based service waiver for nursing home level residents. The average monthly cost for Memory Care in Oregon is about $3,967.
In Oregon, patients have the right to be informed, in a way they can understand, about their diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis unless that information is deemed medically inadvisable. They may also either refuse or consent treatment and ask a question and receive answers. The patient’s privacy and confidentiality should be respected. The patient of a memory care community has the right to appoint a designated representative to make decisions for them if they no longer have the cognitive ability to do so.
Patients in Oregon or their legal representative may request to view or obtain a copy of their medical records. Access must be provided within a reasonable amount of time and no longer than 30 days. If a copy is requested, a reasonable fee may be applied to cover costs, but the request cannot be denied due to the inability to pay.