FAQ: Memory Care Disclosure Requirement - Assisted Living

Housing with Services registered settings with a memory care unit are required to provide information about their services as described in MN Statute 325F.72. The following information answers frequently asked questions as to who is required to disclose the information and what is included in that disclosure: 

Housing with services establishments, as defined in sections 144D.01 to 144D.07, that secure, segregate, or provide a special program or special unit for residents with a diagnosis of probable Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder or that advertise, market, or otherwise promote the establishment as providing specialized care for Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder are considered a "special care unit." 

All special care units shall provide a written disclosure to the following:

(1) the commissioner of health, if requested;

(2) the Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care; and

(3) each person seeking placement within a residence, or the person's authorized representative, before an agreement to provide the care is entered into.

At a minimum, the disclosure must include:

(1) a statement of the overall philosophy and how it reflects the special needs of residents with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias;

(2) the criteria for determining who may reside in the special care unit;

(3) the process used for assessment and establishment of the service plan or agreement, including how the plan is responsive to changes in the resident's condition;

(4) staffing credentials, job descriptions, and staff duties and availability, including any training specific to dementia;

(5) physical environment as well as design and security features that specifically address the needs of residents with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias;

(6) frequency and type of programs and activities for residents of the special care unit;

(7) involvement of families in resident care and availability of family support programs;

(8) fee schedules for additional services to the residents of the special care unit; and

(9) a statement that residents will be given a written notice 30 days prior to changes in the fee schedule.

Disclosures should be reviewed regularly and updated with any substantial changes. A copy of updated disclosures is to be sent to the Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care.

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