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Alzheimer’s special care units in North Carolina, which can also go by the terms of Alzheimer’s care, dementia care, or memory care, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia. They include specially trained staff and appropriate accommodations to adequately meet resident’s needs, ensure their safety, and prevent wandering.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Charlotte $2,720 $6,180 Raleigh $1,500 $7,440 Greensboro $3,740 $6,995
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy rooms in a memory care community
The beaches are a big attraction for North Carolina because of the warmer water and longer summers than the northern states. The Outer Banks and Nags Head are some of the most popular places for tourists. There are various natural attractions including parks, waterfalls, and gardens including Dry Falls, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and DuPont State Recreational Forest. In addition, there are historical attractions, museums, and more such as Biltmore Estate, Battleship North Carolina, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.
The climate in North Carolina supports four seasons with hot, humid summers, and mild winters. The coastal and inland areas have slightly different climates because of the impact the ocean has on moderating temperatures and increasing moisture levels. The high temperature during the summer averages 88 degrees and the average low during the winter is 30 degrees. North Carolina gets more rain but less snow when compared to the country as a whole with the state averaging 48 inches of rain and 6 inches of snow. More than 210 days out of the year are sunny. During hurricane season, hurricanes or their remnants impact the state. North Carolina’s culture is based on Southern Hospitality, which many parts of the south are known for. Residents are known to be very accommodating and courteous.
In North Carolina, Alzheimer’s or dementia care homes are required to disclose policies and special services if the adult care home has more than seven beds, and is advertised as a special care unit. Staff must undergo six hours of orientation training during the first week of employment, twenty hours of dementia-specific training within the first month, and then twelve hours annually for continuing education.
North Carolina is ranked 22nd 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 Winterville 1.26 16.93 Davidson .67 10.43 Pinehurst .07 7.39
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payment are the typical methods of paying for dementia care in North Carolina. Medicaid covers personal care services in adult care homes through a state plan service. The average monthly cost for Memory Care in North Carolina is about $4,922.
Patients have the right in North Carolina to be informed, in a manner they understand, their diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. It is also their decision to consent or refuse treatment. Your medical information should be kept confidential, and your privacy respected. Someone may be designated by the patient of an Alzheimer’s care community to be involved and informed and make health care decisions for them if they do not have the capacity to do so themselves.
In North Carolina, patients are able to access their medical records when requested. A copy or a summary of the records should be provided within a reasonable amount of the health care provider receiving the request. There may be charges for the preparation or copying of the medical records, and the health care provider should be prepared to explain and help in understanding the information if requested. Access may not be denied solely if you are unable to pay the fee. An authorized representative may request them as well.