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Alzheimer’s special care units in Vermont, 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 people with forms of dementia. They typically include specially trained staff and special systems that constantly monitor residents, ensure their safety, and prevent wandering.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Shelburne $7,680 $9,450 Middlebury $7,580 $7,600 Bennington $3,720 $6,800
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community
Outdoor attractions are some of the biggest and most beautiful in the state of Vermont. The mountains and forests account for the state parks, ski resorts, and maple syrup production. Sugarbush Farm, Smugglers Notch State Park, and Killington Resort are some of the most popular attractions. Vermont is known in the fall for its changing leaves that attract large numbers of visitors every year. It also has wonderful skiing during the winter. There are also several museums, historical attractions, and so much more available for enjoyment.
The climate in VT supports four seasons with mild summers and cold, snowy winters. The average summer high temperature is 79 degrees and the average low is 6 degrees. There are approximately 167 days of sunshine annually, and based on humidity levels, it is considered to be quite comfortable. Throughout the year, there are 143 days that receive measurable precipitation resulting in 41 inches of rain and 91 inches of snow – both well above the United States average.
Vermont’s culture makes it one of the most healthy, peaceful, and happy states. It is known to be very liberal with large support rates for the LBGT community making it one of the most accepting in the country. The leading export in VT, maple syrup, is the pride and joy of locals and is an attraction for tourists all over the world.
Special care units for Alzheimer’s disease must meet the requirements of the Residential Care Home Licensing Regulations. A community must gain approval before operating and must prove that it will provide specialized services to a specific population. There are certain criteria that must be included in the request for approval. Once the special care units is providing services, direct care staff must undergo training in communication skills with people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Vermont is ranked 2nd in overall safety according to 2016’s Safest States to Live In.
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Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payments are the typical methods used to pay for dementia care in VT. There are two Medicaid options: the Assistive Community Care Services Program and the Choices for Care 1115 Program. The first pays for services below the nursing home level, while the second provides for those with higher needs. The average monthly cost for Memory Care in Vermont is about $7,700.
In VT, patients have the right to be informed about diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis along with alternatives and side effects in a manner they understand. They may also either refuse or consent treatment except for in emergency situations. 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 Vermont, or their legal representative, may make a request to get access or obtain a copy of their medical records. Either access or a copy should be provided within 30 days of the health care provider receiving the written request. A reasonable fee based on cost may be charged.