Department of Community Health Adopts New Regulations for Memory Care in Personal Care Homes

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) recently adopted new regulations for memory care in personal care homes (PCHs) that became effective on December 9, 2009. The rules establish basic standards for memory care in all PCHs that serve residents who have cognitive deficits that might cause them to wander offsite. The new rules also provide for considerable regulation of PCHs that qualify as “specialized memory care units.” These more extensive rules establish requirements for disclosure, physical plant, staffing levels, staff training, resident assessment, individual service plans and therapeutic activities. PCHs that qualify as “specialized memory care units” must come into full compliance with these more comprehensive rules by early March 2010. This article summarizes the new memory care regulations and identifies the circumstances under which the new rules apply.

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