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Alzheimer’s care units in Texas, which can also go by the terms dementia care, memory care, or specialty care units, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia. The care units typically include specially trained staff and systems that constantly monitor residents, ensure their safety, and prevent wandering.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Houston $2,000 $11,250 Dallas $2,280 $13,600 Fort Worth $2,200 $7,950
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community
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A community in Texas that markets itself as providing specialized care for Alzheimer’s patients must be certified with a Type B license. A disclosure statement with the nature of care and treatment for an Alzheimer’s, or related disease, must be provided to residents. Before beginning the job, staff must go through dementia-specific orientation. Direct care staff must additionally take part in twelve hours of annual in-service education about Alzheimer’s disease.
Texas is ranked 38th 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 Hutto .61 7.51 Highland Village .44 6.75 Colleyville .4 5.77
Medicare, long-term term insurance, and out of pocket payments are the typical methods used to pay for dementia care in TX. Assisted living services are covered by a Medicaid home and community-based services waiver. For all insurance-related questions, please contact the US Department of Health and Human Services. The average monthly cost for Memory Care in Texas is about $5,046.
In TX, patients have the right to be informed about their diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis along with any alternatives and side effects in a manner they understand. They may also either refuse or consent treatment. 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, or direct care through advance directives.
Patients in Texas, or their legal representative, may make a request to get access or obtain a copy of their medical records. A copy should be provided within 15 days if an electronic health records system is used, and a reasonable fee may be applied to cover reproduction and mailing costs.