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Specialty care units in Rhode Island, which can also go by the terms dementia care, memory care, or Alzheimer’s care facilities, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia with the use of services and activities. They typically include specially trained staff and systems that constantly monitor residents to ensure their safety and prevent wandering.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Providence $5,000 $6,300 East Greenwich $5,750 $8,930 Lincoln $5,050 $7,253
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community
There is extensive natural beauty especially along the coast with several beaches and parks including the popular Mohegan Bluffs, Colt State Park, and Narragansett Beach. There are also vineyards, museums, and historical attractions throughout the state.
The climate in RI is milder when compared to the rest of the New England states. Because of its small size, there are not many differences between areas in the state. The average temperature during the summer is 81 degrees and the average low in the winter is 20 degrees. The state gets more precipitation than the United States as a whole. Over 116 annual days of precipitation, Rhode Island gets 47 inches of rain and 34 inches of snow. With 202 days of sunshine and moderate humidity, the climate is relatively comfortable. In the capital, Providence, creativity with widespread educational resources and the arts community is the basis of the culture in Rhode Island.
The law in Rhode Island requires that Alzheimer’s Special Care Units must disclose the type of service provided in addition to what is required by the state. The disclosure form should be provided to anyone looking into moving into the residence and include the residence’s philosophy; pre-occupancy, occupancy, and termination of residents; assessment, service planning, and implementation; staffing patterns and staff training; physical environment; resident activities; family role in care; and program costs. Dementia care staff must undergo twelve hours of orientation on the topics of dementia types, communicating, and behaviors within 30 days of being hired.
Road Island is ranked 8th 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 Smithfield .28 9.81 Glocester .4 4.43 Scituate .29 5.15
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payments are the typical methods used to pay for dementia care in Rhode Island. Medicaid home and community-based waivers are available. One is for assisted living services for those that have moved from a nursing home to assisted living and the other is for elderly with physical disabilities. There are about 27 facilities and the average monthly cost for Senior Memory Care is around $3,528.
In Rhode Island, patients have the right to be informed about their diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis, in a manner they can understand, along with alternatives and side effects. They may also either refuse or consent treatment. The patient’s privacy and confidentiality should be respected to the extent that appropriate care can be provided. 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 in other words, use advance directives.
Patients in Rhode Island, or their legal representative, may make a written request to obtain a copy of their medical records. A copy should be provided in no longer than 30 days. If a copy is desired, a reasonable fee may be applied to cover costs, but the records cannot be delayed because of non-payment.