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Alzheimer’s special care units in Minnesota, 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 St. Paul $3,370 $6,000 Edina $2,736 $14,725 Bloomington $2,280 $6,450
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community
The state is filled with attractions including parks, trials, lakeshores, museums, gardens and much more. Some of the most popular are the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and the Aerial Lift Bridge. The Mall of America is also located in Minnesota and is the largest mall in the United States. It is filled with retail establishments, theme park, restaurants, and more.
The climate in Minnesota is known for the relative extremes in temperatures resulting in very hot summers and very cold winters. The summer high temperatures averages 82 degrees and the average low for the winter is 0 degrees. Minnesota, on average, gets less rain but significantly more snow, 28 and 44 inches respectively, when compared to the rest of the United States.
The culture in Minnesota reflects how nice the residents are considered. Not only are people courteous, polite, and friendly in person, but they are also the same when they drive, making the roads a safe form of transportation in Minnesota. Despite freezing temperatures, Minnesota natives are anything but chilly.
In Minnesota, it is required for residences that advertise that they provide specialized care for Alzheimer’s patients to provide a written disclosure to specific individuals. The special care unit disclosure must include particular details. Both supervisors and direct care staff must undergo required training specifically on dementia care each year.
Minnesota is ranked 3rd 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 Winona .91 2.63 Chaska .48 8.62 Lakeville .42 11.34
For all insurance-related questions, please contact the US Department of Health and Human Services. Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payments are typical methods of payments for dementia care in Minnesota. The Medicaid home and community-based waiver pays for assisted living and housing with services and can be used by the elderly, those with traumatic brain injury, or other disabled adults. The average cost of Memory Care in Minnesota is about $5,003.
Patients have the right in MN to be informed, in a manner they understand, their health status and are given complete information regarding diagnosis, risks, and prognosis. They have the right to be part of the planning of their health care and make decisions regarding their consent or refusal of 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 Minnesota, medical records must be kept confidential except to those that are providing care, the Department of Health, and anyone else that has legal authorization to access. Upon request of the patient or decision maker, the records should be made available within 30 days of receiving the request.