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Dementia care facilities in West Virginia, which can also go by the terms Alzheimer’s care, memory care, or specialty care units, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia. They typically include specially trained staff and systems that constantly monitor residents, ensure their safety, and prevent wandering.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Rupert $2,200 $2,400 Barboursville $3,000 $3,500 Charleston $2,800 $3,825
The beautiful nature and parks make up a large number of the most popular attractions in West Virginia. The New River Gorge Bridge, Blackwater Falls State Park, and Seneca Rocks State Park are three very viable options. WV also has a few haunted attractions for those that like to experience the paranormal. Additionally, there are museums, distilleries, and historical and cultural experiences.
West Virginia’s climate has four seasons with hot, humid summers and relatively mild winters. The average summer high temperature is 85 degrees and in terms of humidity, it is moderately comfortable. The winter low temperature is 22 degrees. With 139 days of measurable precipitation annually, 44 inches of rain and 30 inches of snow can be expected. The culture in West Virginia is characterized by bluegrass music, mining, and the Civil War. Music festivals featuring bluegrass music are prevalent across the state all year round. Mining culture is celebrated by being honored with coal exhibitions while Civil War re-enactments are also very popular.
In West Virginia, if a community advertises that it has an Alzheimer’s or dementia unit, a special license must be obtained. New employees must be provided training within the first 15 days of employment and then again annually on topics related to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease for at least two hours. 30 hours of training related to caring for residents with dementia must also be provided for licensed Alzheimer’s facilities annually.
West Virginia is ranked 35th in overall safety according to 2016’s the Safest States to Live In.
Crime in WV can be seen by laying out the number of occurrences of specific crimes per 1,000 residents. Below are a few of the safest cities in West Virginia.
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Weirton 1.09 14.82 Parkerburg 2.91 56.49 Grafton .39 1.92
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payments are the typical methods used to pay for dementia care in West Virginia. No Medicaid waiver is available at this time. Although many long-term insurance companies do not cover memory care, it's important to still view all available options.
In West Virginia, 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 or being part of research. The patient’s privacy and confidentiality should be respected. The patient of a memory care community has the right to appoint a surrogate decision maker to make decisions for them if they no longer have the cognitive ability to do so.
Patients in West Virginia, or their legal representative, may make a written request to obtain a paper or electronic copy of their medical records. A reasonable fee may be applied to cover costs of copying, labor, and postage of the medical records. Once the request has been received the records should be provided within a reasonable amount of time.