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Memory Care Communities add to the Assisted Living service expectation by offering a secured environment designed with higher safety standards and increased security options to protect the residents.
In Virginia, Memory Care Communities are also regulated and routinely inspected by the Department of Social Services. Virginia law requires that screening for serious cognitive assessment is completed by a Physician before a resident can transition to Memory Care. (Please see our blog “Transitioning to Memory Care”). Another important regulatory requirement for Memory Care Communities is mandatory staffing levels based on resident occupancy.
Family members and loved ones should anticipate less elegant and more functional amenities. Memory Care communities are designed to be simpler, so as not to distract or overwhelm the residents. The residents’ care needs and behaviors require an easier-to-manage, easier-to-clean environment.