In Arizona there is no specific license for Memory Care Facilities. Some Memory Care facilities operate under a behavioral health license, but the vast majority of the time they are operated under and Assisted Living License.
It is easiest to think of Memory Care as a specialty practice offered by some Assisted Living Facilities.
Memory Care units at Assisted Living Centers are generally separate from the assisted living units with their own dedicated staff, dining facilities and recreational areas. Due to the unique challenges posed by the diseases effecting memory, most units are secured to prevent wandering and the rooms lack appliances like ovens and microwaves that could present a safety hazard.
Memory Care is best suited for those diagnosed with a Dementia, who are in the later stages and where the dementia is presenting itself in a way that poses a risk to the patient or others.
Prices for Memory Care in an Assisted Living Center setting range from as low as $4,500/month all the way up to $8,000+/month. In a residential Assisted Living Home setting the prices range from $2,500/month up to $6,000+/month.
Due to the many unique challenges associated with Memory Care and the absence of a license specific to Memory Care, it is important you speak with your Care Advocate regarding the best options available.