Dementia is defined as “a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning”. But how much do you really know about dementia? Where does Alzheimer's Disease fit into the dementia discussion? Should I be worried about mom if she's exhibiting memory lapses?
These are all questions that come up when discussing dementia with friends, family and many times when we're in professional circles. This brain disease is hitting a huge swath of aging individuals these days. Did you know that 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia? We wanted to share one of the most comprehensive talks you'll ever hear on the topic of Dementia. The talk is given by Teepa Snow, one of America’s leading educators on dementia. Her seminar is entitled “What is dementia”? Watch the video below and let us know what you learned!
What is Dementia Care?
Dementia Care, Memory Care, and Alzheimer's Care communities are licensed and designed specifically for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other types of dementia. These secure, specialized units offer services and structure specially designed to accommodate those with various dementia diagnosis. Staff has had specialized training in caring for those with dementia and related diseases. This level of care offers twenty-four hour supervision, secure units (locked), meals, activities, and care services specific to each resident.
- Medicare does not pay for Dementia Care Units.
- Medicaid may pay for Dementia Care Units, if the facility carries a Medicaid contract. This does not guarantee that the facility will accept Medicaid clients.
- Most Long Term Care insurance policies will cover this level of care.
- Secure Environment for those who are exit-seeking
- Trained Staff specifically for memory care
- 24hr awake care for those with sun-downers or night time care needs