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Alzheimer’s care units in Utah, 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 residents with forms of dementia through the use of diverse services and activities. The care units typically include specially trained staff and systems that prevent egress and that constantly monitor residents, ensure their safety, and prevent wandering.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Orem $1,900 $3,850 Salt Lake City $2,820 $5,450 Midvale $3,550 $5,550
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community
Natural attractions in Utah are very popular throughout the state with a large number of state and national parks. There are several attractions within Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Arches National Park. There are also monuments, museums, and a number of other family-friendly attractions.
The climate in Utah has four distinct seasons with variations in the different regions of the state. Between the south and north and the deserts to the mountains all experience different climates. Over the entire state, the average summer high temperature is 90 degrees and the winter low is 17 degrees. In terms of annual precipitation, Utah gets 15 inches of rain and 43 inches of snow over 71 days. Compared to the United States as a whole, the state has a large number of sunny days, averaging approximately 238 days per year. It is relatively comfortable because of the low humidity levels during the summer.
The culture in Utah stands behind conservative views and beliefs because of the strong Mormon influence. This can be seen everywhere, including in their alcohol laws. The state also has the highest fertility rate of anywhere in the United States and is reflected in a large number of family friendly activities.
In Utah, type II facilities, which are home-like and provide 24 hours of supportive personal and health services, that are approved to have secured units, may admit dementia patients. Residents must be able to exit the community with limited assistance from one person. At all times, there must be at least one staff member that is trained in Alzheimer’s and dementia care on duty.
Utah is ranked 6th 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 UT. There are five Medicaid home and community-based waivers available for assisted living: Aging, Acquired Brain Injury, Community Supporters, Physical Disabilities, and the New Choice Waiver.
In UT, patients have the right to be informed about their diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis along with the associated 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 Utah, or their legal representative, may make a written request to obtain a copy of their medical records. A copy should be provided within 30 days. A reasonable fee may be applied to cover reproduction costs.