If you’ve got a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you know that choosing the right day care facility can keep you up at night. But if you live in Florida, you may finally be able to sleep a little better.
On July 1, a new law went into effect, requiring stricter licensing regulations for day care centers claiming to specialize in Alzheimer’s. The new regulations will make it easier to distinguish between centers that claim to specialize in Alzheimer’s patients, and those that actually do.
Until now, any center could claim to specialize in these patients. Now, however, the licensing requirements for such centers will be stricter.
Among the new requirements:
A registered or licensed practical nurse must be on-site at least 75% of the time.
No less than one staffer for every five clients.
Staffers must receive extra training in Alzheimer’s care.
Alarms on every outside door, to prevent wandering.
Staff will monitor all medications.
Clients will not be allowed to drive themselves to or from the center.
There will be more Alzheimer’s/dementia-appropriate activities.
Florida’s new law may actually be among the strictest in the country. And, if you’re an Alzheimer’s caregiver, that should certainly help you sleep better at night.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s may be the most difficult thing you’ve ever had to do. It’s a long and very-winding road…with a lot of detours, and a lot of potholes.
But you don’t have to navigate it alone. We can help.
At the Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we practice Elder Law – and only Elder Law. And we have one of the largest Alzheimer’s/Dementia Resource Libraries in South Florida.
Over the past 33 years, we’ve walked thousands of South Florida families through the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Journey. And we’ve helped them prepare in advance for the possibility of it, as well, with comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, asset-protection plans, and assistance with Medicaid and the VA.
We know the way through the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Journey. And we’ll get you through it. We’ll be there for you every step of the way, with the experience of 33 years, and a soft shoulder when necessary.
And we’re just a phone call away.
If You Live In Florida, Choosing The Best Adult Day Care Facility Just Got Easier