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Memory Care in Utah

In Utah, where seniors account for over 11% of the 3.3 million residents and the senior community is projected to grow in the coming years, the rate of Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, this disease is currently the fourth-leading cause of death in the state. Between 2000 and 2019, the number of Alzheimer’s-related deaths increased by 187%, and by 2025, the rate is expected to be nearly 25% higher than it was in 2020. To address the needs of the state’s senior community, there are several hospitals that specialize in geriatrics, including the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City and Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. The state also has several memory care facilities where residents receive compassionate care. On average, seniors in Utah pay $4,375 per month for this type of care.

Memory care can either be offered on its own in a community designed especially for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, or, more often, it’s provided as a service in a separate wing of an assisted living facility. Memory care programs are designed specifically for those with memory impairment, and the facilities often coordinate social activities and schedules specifically for the needs of those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

This guide provides more information on memory care costs and options to pay for services, as well as an overview of resources for seniors and families in Utah.

The Cost of Memory Care in Utah

When trying to decide how to pay for memory care, one of the first questions that comes up is "How much does it cost?" With the impact of inflation, it's more important than ever to have up-to-date information when making a financial plan for senior living. To help shed light on real senior living prices, has compiled proprietary cost data from its network of over 75,000 senior living providers to offer insight into the average cost of memory care in Utah and its 15 cities.

Note: In Utah, memory care facilities are licensed as assisted living facilities and have specialized care for those with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions. There are no authoritative databases that list memory care costs, but on average, seniors pay 20-30% more for this level of care than for standard assisted living services. We’ve calculated the following cost estimates by adding 25% to the base assisted living rates in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

In Utah, memory care facilities charge $4,375 per month for care compared to the national median of $5,625. Monthly rates in Utah’s bordering states tend to be higher, with seniors in Colorado paying $5,938 and those in Arizona paying $5,000. In Idaho, fees average $4,798, and in Nevada, memory care residents pay $4,688. 

The Cost of Memory Care in Utah's Top Cities

When considering care costs, seniors should always be mindful about location. The average monthly rate for memory care in Salt Lake City is $4,431, which is on par with the state average of $4,425. Costs are similar in St. George where memory care costs $4,378. The most affordable option for memory care is Orem where rates average $3,200. South Jordan, at $4,963 monthly, has some of the state's highest rates.



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Inflation's Impact on the Cost of Memory Care in Utah

Despite rising costs across the country, inflation hasn't negatively impacted Utah's memory care costs. They actually dropped 3.7% from 2022 to 2023, falling from $4,595 to $4,425. This is the opposite of the national trend, as U.S. care costs have risen 10.4% on average.

This trend continues in the states surrounding Utah where inflation has led to rising costs. It is most evident in Wyoming, which saw costs rise 27.8% from 2022 to 2023. In Arizona, costs rose 15% while falling 11.9% in Colorado. Inflation is least noticeable in Nevada where memory care costs rose just 4.4%.

Location2022 Cost (Historical)2023 Cost (Current)2024 Cost (Estimated)
U.S. Average$4,863$5,369$5,792

The Costs of Other Types of Senior Living

When selecting a long-term care option, seniors should consider how much daily assistance they need, which amenities they're looking for and if there's any specialized care for those with memory loss. Independent living costs an average of $2,581 monthly, making it the most affordable choice for seniors in Utah. With some helpful personal assistance added, the price rises to $4,129 for assisted living. Memory care is the most costly with an average rate of $4,425.

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Does Medicaid Cover Memory Care in Utah?

Note: For the purposes of this guide, when we say “Memory Care” we are referring to memory care provided in a “social setting,” such as an Assisted Living Facility. This is the most common way to receive Memory Care and is the best fit for all but the frailest seniors. Sometimes the actual service of memory care can be provided in a Nursing Home (“medical setting”), so the financial assistance options will be very different. To learn more about the financial assistance options available for memory care provided in a nursing home, read our guide to Nursing Home Care in Utah.

Qualifying Utah residents can get health insurance coverage through the state’s Medicaid program. This program is funded by the state and federal government and provides free comprehensive coverage for services, such as primary and specialty medical care, nursing home care and in-home services. It doesn’t pay for memory care services directly, but it provides coverage for residential dementia services through the New Choices Waiver program.

The New Choices Waiver program is primarily for those who live in nursing homes but want to move back into their homes or a residential care community. Unlike regular Medicaid, which is an entitlement program, the waiver has limited enrollment slots. Even if someone qualifies for coverage, they may be placed on a waitlist until services are available.

What Memory Care Services Are Covered by Medicaid in Utah? 

Utah Medicaid’s New Choices Waiver pays for services to help seniors and those with disabilities live at home or in memory care facilities instead of in nursing homes. It pays for transition services to help individuals relocate, including deposits, utility setup fees or technology fees, along with ongoing services, such as personal care, meals, durable medical equipment and assistive technology.  

Assisted Living Waiver Programs in Utah 

New Choices Waiver 

The New Choices Waiver pays for memory care services for those who qualify for nursing home level care but want to live in a non-institutional setting. It offers comprehensive coverage for long-term care services, including: 


  • Assisted living and memory care services
  • Adult day health care  
  • Emergency response systems
  • Financial management services
  • Medication assistance services  
  • Attendant care
  • Case management
  • Housekeeping, laundry and linen services
  • Nonemergency medical transportation
  • Personal money management
  • Respite services
  • Specialized medical equipment 


To be eligible for this program, applicants must meet age, financial and residency guidelines, and not all who qualify for services are guaranteed coverage. Applicants must be at least 65 years old, U.S. citizens or legal residents and permanent residents of Utah. They may have a monthly income of no more than $2,523 and no more than $2,000 in countable assets. Medicaid only counts assets, such as cash, money in checking and savings accounts, non-occupied real estate investment properties and stocks. It excludes personal belongings, the applicant’s primary residence and one personal vehicle. If spouses are both applying, these limits are doubled. If only one spouse is applying, they have an asset limit of $2,000, and the non-applying spouse can have up to $137,400.  

The majority of slots are open exclusively to nursing home residents who want to move to a non-institutionalized setting. Non-reserved slots are limited and open to current assisted living and memory care residents. Applicants must have lived in a nursing home for at least 90 days or in a residential long-term care facility, such as a memory care facility, for 365 days before applying for the waiver. Nursing home residents can apply for the waiver at any time, but those already in residential long-term care can only apply during certain enrollment windows. The department must have the application within five days of the end of the enrollment period, or it will be automatically denied. Enrollment periods include: 


  • March 1-March 14
  • July 1-July 14
  • November 1-November 14


Historically, there are far more applicants than enrollment slots, so priority is given to those who’ve been in nursing home or residential care the longest. In most cases, memory care residents wait much longer than 365 days for enrollment.  

Seniors can’t apply for this waiver program online, but they can request a paper application by calling (800) 662-9651 and selecting option 6. Seniors in nursing homes can request an application for reserved slots, and those in memory care facilities can request an application for non-reserved slots. After the application is completed, the individual can fax it to the UDOH Bureau of Long Term Services and Supports at (801) 323-1586 or mail it to:   

UDOH Bureau of Long Term Services & Supports  
P.O. Box 143112  
288 North 1460 West  
Salt Lake City, UT 84114 

How to Know if You’re Eligible for Medicaid in Utah

Individuals must be able to demonstrate financial need to qualify for Medicaid. Single applicants can have a monthly income of up to $1,215 for the Aging Waiver and $2,742 for the New Choices Waiver program. Medicaid counts all forms of income, including government and private pensions, veterans’ and survivors’ benefits, Social Security benefits, money made off investments and withdrawals from retirement accounts. Seniors may also have up to $2,000 in countable assets, including stocks, bonds, bank accounts, cash and non-occupied real estate.  

Married applicants where just one spouse is applying can have up to $1,133 in monthly for the Aging Waiver and $2,742 for the New Choices Waiver. When both spouses apply, income is limited for each applicant to $1,215 for the Aging Waiver and $2,742 for the New Choices waiver. 

For both programs, there is a limit of $2,000 per applicant in countable assets. If only one spouse is applying for Medicaid, spousal impoverishment rules let them transfer income and assets to their spouse under certain circumstances. The non-applicant spouse can have countable assets of $148,620. Those whose income and assets exceed these guidelines may still qualify through spend-down programs or Medicaid planning. 

Household SizeNumber of ApplicantsIncome Limits Per Year*Asset Limits: Applicant(s)Asset Limits: Non-Applicants
One Person1Aging Waiver:$14,580$2,000
Two People1Aging Waiver:$13,596**$2,000$148,620
Two People 2Aging Waiver:$29,160$4,000***

*Depending on the facility setting, a recipient may not be able to keep income up to this level.

**Income limit is for applicant only.

***Assets are limited to $2,000 per spouse


Applicants must also be legal U.S. citizens or residents and permanent Utah residents.  


How to Apply for Medicaid in Utah 

To apply for Medicaid, individuals can submit applications to the Department of Workforce Services online, in person or over the phone. To apply online, seniors can visit the MyCase platform. Alternately, they may download a paper application and fax it to (888) 522-9505 or mail it to: 

Department of Workforce Services  
PO Box 143245  
Salt Lake City, UT 84114 

Seniors can also visit their local DWS office and fill out a paper application in person.  

Information You Will Need  

When DWS contacts an applicant, the representative provides a comprehensive list of supporting documents applicants must provide. These may include: 


  • Birth certificate 
  • Social Security number 
  • Proof of income 
  • Proof of assets 
  • Policy numbers for current health insurance coverage 
  • Proof of state residency  


How to Get Help Applying for Medicaid

There are several resources available to Utah residents to help them navigate the Medicaid application process, including determining eligibility, submitting supporting documents and appealing denied coverage. The following table lists important websites and phone numbers for prospective and current beneficiaries.  

ProgramContactServices provided
Medicaid Customer Service(801) 538-6155 (within Salt Lake City) (800) 662-9651 (outside Salt Lake City)The Medicaid Customer Service helpline has specialists who answer questions about Medicaid’s application process and benefits. The helpline is available on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday).
Medicaid Member Feedback(801) 538-6417 (within Salt Lake City) (877) 291-5583 (outside Salt Lake City)The Medicaid Member Feedback line answers questions for seniors who receive veterans’ benefits and Medicaid services, as well as those who need to file complaints or concerns regarding their coverage.
American Council on AgingOnline OnlyThe American Council on Aging provides up-to-date information on Utah’s Medicaid program, including income and asset guidelines, spousal impoverishment rules and options for applying when over the limits. The council also helps seniors connect with Medicaid planners in their region who can help them access services if they’re ineligible due to excess income and assets.
Hearings UnitOnline OnlyMedicaid beneficiaries can file appeals for denied claims with the Hearings Unit. This unit provides impartial reviews of denied coverage and may help reverse Medicaid decisions in cases where the program isn’t paying for covered services.

Does Medicare Cover Memory Care in Utah?

The short answer is that no, Medicare does not cover the cost of memory care in Utah. As was mentioned above, this doesn’t apply to Memory Care received in a Nursing Home. Since it is the most common to receive memory care in a “social setting” (such as an assisted living facility), Medicare won’t be a viable financial assistance option for most seniors who need Memory Care. However, Medicare will still cover things like approved medications, doctor visits, medical equipment, etc., just like it would if you lived at home.

For more information about when Medicare can be used to pay for Memory Care in a nursing home, and for Medicare-related resources, see our guide to Nursing Homes in Utah.

Other Financial Assistance Options for Memory Care in Utah

Seniors who are not eligible (due to location, financial situation, or other factors) for other types of financial assistance, do still have some options. See the table below for an overview of some of the most common ways to make Memory Care affordable.

Aid and AttendanceLearn more and apply online at who receive a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit, a monthly cash allowance that veterans receive in addition to their standard pension amount. The benefit is intended for veterans in need of long-term care services and may be used towards paying for Memory Care.
Reverse MortgagesLearn more about your options and how to apply at ftc.govIf you own a home, you may be able to use a reverse mortgage to help pay for Memory Care. Reverse mortgages are loans that one can take out against the value of their home, essentially converting some of the home's equity into cash. Reverse mortgage loans do need to be repaid with interest, typically within 12 months of receiving the loan.
Long-Term Care (LTC) InsuranceLearn more about Long-Term Care Insurance and how to apply for a policy at who already have long-term care insurance may be able to use it to pay for Memory Care. Most policies cover at least a portion of the cost, but it depends on the specific policy terms. Note that older adults who are already in need of Memory Care will not typically be eligible to sign up for a LTC insurance policy.

Free and Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Utah

There are many resources in Utah that assist seniors in their retirement. has compiled information on local organizations, programs and agencies and categorized them into care types for easy reference.

Area Agency on Aging

Retirees can find support and advice on various senior-related issues from their local Area Agency on Aging. The agency provides advice on topics such as financial assistance programs, in-home care and long-term care planning. It also connects seniors and caregivers with community-based resources.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Utah Area Agencies on AgingThe Utah Department of Health and Human Services Area Agencies on Aging offer services and programs to seniors in the state while also looking out for their well-being. Services range from legal guidance to healthy meals and nutrition programs. Caregivers can also access beneficial support, such as counseling, dementia education and respite care. Seniors can learn how to protect themselves against Medicare fraud and financial exploitation, receive Medicare assistance with insurance counseling and find in-home services to remain independent.
Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services800-541-7735The Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services offers multiple resources for Utah seniors. Meal programs include food and nutrition education, Meals on Wheels deliveries and community lunches at senior centers throughout the state. The organization also offers seniors 60 years and older without reliable transportation rides to medical offices, dental checkups and personal care appointments. In-home services are also available for low-income seniors and include assistance with the activities of daily living and short-term respite care.

Cash Assistance Programs

Cash assistance programs in Utah provide financial support to help low-income retirees remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Seniors and caregivers can apply for tax rebates and reductions, discounts on vital services and help covering the cost of heating and cooling their home.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Utah Lifeline Program800-234-9473The LifeLine Program offers a discount on landline or mobile telephone service, ensuring that participants can stay in contact with loved ones.

Financial Assistance for Senior Care and Senior Living

Whether living in their own home or in a senior living community, Utah seniors can find financial assistance from numerous local resources. These organizations help residents cover some of the costs associated with in-home or long-term care and connect them with other helpful community-based resources.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Utah Aging Waiver801-538-3910The Utah Aging Waiver Program provides supportive services to seniors aged 65 and older, helping them live as independently as possible in their homes or in community-based settings. Supervised by the Division of Aging and Adult Services, the program may cover case management, community living services, homemaker assistance, nonmedical transportation and other services based on individual assessments. Seniors who require care levels offered by a nursing facility and meet financial eligibility requirements for Medicaid can qualify for this program.
Utah Housing Liaison Program385-468-3200The Utah Housing Liaison Program helps older adults find suitable housing or make emergency rent payments to remain in their existing homes. In addition to providing many informational resources for the state's seniors, the Utah Housing Liaison works directly with individuals, providing counseling based on their unique circumstances and referrals to other organizations that might prove helpful. The program also assists with housing applications, helping seniors secure accommodations that meet their needs.
Utah Physical Disabilities Waiver801-538-4200The Physical Disabilities Waiver in Utah helps seniors with physical disabilities live independently in their own homes or communities. The waiver provides supportive services, including personal assistance, access to specialized medical equipment and a personal emergency response system. Applicants must have physical impairments arising from the functional loss of two or more limbs, need 14 hours per week of assistance and meet Medicaid eligibility requirements. This waiver has limited funding and successful applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

Food Assistance Programs

Local organizations help ensure elderly citizens have a balanced diet and receive essential vitamins and minerals to remain healthy. Through nutrition programs, congregate meals, home-delivered meals and food pantries, these programs help Utah seniors afford the nutritious food they need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Utah Meals on WheelsUtah Meals on Wheels operates independently run programs statewide that provide seniors with nutritious meals for free or low cost. Eligibility is open to adults age 60 and over. Seniors can enjoy their meals in a communal setting, such as the local senior center, or have fresh meals delivered directly to their door. The included safety checks help prevent falls, accidents or emergencies. Additional support services are available and may include pet meal delivery and emergency meal delivery during bad weather.
Utah Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a national nutrition program with an office in Salt Lake City, UT, offering eligible applicants help with purchasing food. Benefits are typically disbursed monthly onto an electronic benefits (EBT) card. Benefits may be used to buy all types of unprepared food, including meats, fruits and vegetables, breads and dairy products. Elderly households must meet income requirements.

Financial Assistance for Senior Living

Low-income elderly individuals in senior living communities can access financial assistance through local-run programs. These Utah resources offer advice, guidance and support to help older adults pay for the services offered by long-term care providers.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Utah New Choices Waiver801-538-6155The New Choices Waiver is a program intended to help individuals living in a Utah-registered nursing facility or medical institution move into a community-based setting. Individuals accepted into the program are eligible for Medicaid-expanded support services based on their needs to help with community living. Services include adult day care, homemaker and chore services, transportation, respite care and home-delivered meals. The program includes case management services to assist participants in obtaining Medicaid and other waiver services.

Free Used Medical Equipment

Due to the high cost of purchasing new medical equipment, several organizations in Utah collect lightly used medical devices such as wheelchairs, ramps and walkers and distribute them to local seniors and residents in need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Utah AT4All800-524-5152AT4All is the partner site of the UATP where Utah residents can purchase and borrow used medical equipment. The site lists equipment across a range of categories, including environmental modifications, shower benches and mobility devices such as electric scooters and wheelchairs.
Utah Ability 1st 801-373-5044Ability 1st Utah loans out medical equipment for up to 90 days and can extend loan periods when another patron hasn't requested the borrowed equipment. Its varied inventory includes scooters, wheelchairs and walkers, as well as shower benches and other helpful equipment.
Utah Assistive Technology801-466-5565At the Utah Independent Living Center, seniors who only need medical equipment for a short duration can borrow what they need from its loan bank, while those who need assistive devices long-term may qualify to use community funding to purchase what would normally be out of reach financially. Shower seats, scooters, walkers and bedside tables are some of the most common borrowed items. The maximum loan period is three months, but the program can extend it.

Home Repair and Modifications

Seniors and those with disabilities can access a variety of local resources to help them pay for home repairs and modifications. Programs in Utah have different eligibility criteria and often assist retirees by providing grants or loans.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Utah Section 504 Home Repair Program801-524-4264The Section 504 Home Repair Program awards grants of up to $10,000 to low-income seniors who need to perform repairs on their homes to remove health and safety hazards.
Utah Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)The WAP helps seniors perform home upgrades and repairs to increase their energy efficiency, resulting in lower energy bills. Contractors with the program typically perform repairs such as installing insulation in the attics and floors and replacing broken windows. Homeowners don't have to pay to participate, but if you rent your home, your landlord may need to pay a share of the costs.

Many organizations offer free or low-cost legal services to Utah seniors. Older adults can access advice on issues such as estate planning, living wills and power of attorney. Some firms also act as long-term care ombudsmen, advocating for the rights of seniors in senior living communities.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Utah Legal Services801-328-8891Older adults who live in Salt Lake County can turn to Utah Legal Services' Senior Citizen Law Center for free legal advice. ULS' volunteer lawyers can help seniors navigate legal concerns regarding public benefits, housing, health and family issues. The organization's Senior Law Project focuses on assistance involving estate and probate law, drafting wills, sharing bank accounts and establishing powers of attorney.
Utah Long Term Care OmbudsmanDuring a conflict at a nursing home, the Long Term Care Ombudsman is available to help seniors find solutions that serve their best interests. Complaints can be filed by long-term care facility residents or their family members. From a resident's right to privacy and confidentiality to their right to complain and make independent choices, workers in the Ombudsman program are knowledgeable about the freedoms granted to seniors living in nursing homes.

Senior Centers

Senior centers in Utah bring together residents through recreational activities and events. Many also offer advice and support on senior issues, run wellness and nutrition programs, and connect older adults with other resources in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Utah Health Care Association801-486-6100Utah Health Care Association (UHCA) is an industry organization for long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It also provides resources and assistance to seniors and their families who are making decisions about their long-term care. UHCA produces a number of consumer guides for people exploring long-term care, including A Consumer's Guide to Nursing Facilities, and has a search program to help people find the right senior living facility.

Senior Engagement

Senior engagement resources and programs in Utah help older adults remain active and ensure they contribute to the community. Resources include wellness programs, volunteer opportunities, support groups and organizations that help residents connect with the community to live fulfilling lives.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Alzheimer's Association of Utah Chapter801-265-1944Trained and knowledgeable representatives with the Alzheimer's Association Utah Chapter assist seniors living with the disease through a variety of channels. Their support services include referrals to local programs and services, such as identifying available memory care facilities. Staff also offers educational opportunities that highlight what to expect as the disease progresses.
Utah Easterseals-Goodwill Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)435-986-3576The SCSEP administered by Easterseals-Goodwill provides paid job training for low-income job seekers 55 and older, helping them gain experience and updated skills that may lead to regular employment. Participants receive an average of 20 hours of training per week in their assigned host agencies which are nonprofit and community service organizations. These assignments vary in duration, usually from 6 to 12 months.

Social Security Offices

Social Security offices in Utah help seniors and disabled people access the benefits they're entitled to. Older adults can contact their local office for information about receiving retirement benefits, disability allowance and Supplemental Security Income.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Utah Social SecuritySocial Security is a source of income available to retirees and people who can no longer work because of a disability. The money for Social Security comes from a payroll tax levied on employers, employees and self-employed individuals. When you retire, you'll receive monthly payments based on how much you earned when you were working.

Tax Assistance

Seniors can apply for tax assistance from several Utah resources. Elderly residents and those with disabilities could be eligible for tax exemptions on medical expenses, reductions on property tax and other tax assistance programs.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Utah Circuit Breaker Homeowner Low-Income AbatementSeniors who qualify for the Homeowner Low-Income Abatement can lower their annual property taxes by up to $1,110. They can also add a 20% credit of their home's market value.
Utah Indigent Abatement800-662-4335The Indigent Abatement is a tax relief program for older homeowners. It allows them to reduce their property tax burden by up to half the current year's tax or $1,110, whichever is less. Approval for the program is at the discretion of your county's tax office.

Utility & Energy Bill Assistance

Low-income seniors who are struggling to meet the costs of maintaining their homes can find support from organizations that offer assistance with utility and energy bills. Utah retirees could also qualify for emergency funding programs if they're in danger of losing utility services due to unpaid invoices.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Utah Home Energy Assistance Target Program866-205-4357The Utah Home Energy Assistance Target Program offers year-round energy and water bill assistance for eligible low-income seniors in Utah. Households with people aged 60 and older are prioritized and can apply for aid a month early. Households must have a total income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level. To qualify, applicants must provide a copy of their bills along with proof of income, medical expenses, alimony and applicable disability as well as any other requested documentation.

Veteran's Services

Utah retirees who have served in the U.S. military can find support from local veteran services. These offices and organizations help vets access the benefits they're eligible for and provide advice and information on a variety of issues.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Utah VA Benefits and Health CareUtah VA Benefits and Health Care services include specialized programs for qualified veterans ages 65 and older. The state has a central VA facility in Salt Lake City as well as outpatient clinics in Moab, North Logan and St. George. The Regional Benefit Office is also in Salt Lake City. In addition to medical care, disabled veterans can access supplemental benefits, such as funds to cover long-term assistance at VA memory care or skilled nursing units or in-home care options.
Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs801-326-2372The Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs administers benefits and services to qualifying veterans in the state. This department provides health care benefits, which can reduce out-of-pocket medical costs, along with life insurance, burial benefits and VA benefits claims assistance.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Utah

In Utah, memory care services are provided in Level II assisted living facilities, or ALFs. These facilities are inspected, licensed and regulated by the Utah Department of Health, Facility Licensing and Certification and Resident Assessment Bureau. Licenses must be renewed each year, and each facility is thoroughly inspected by the state every 18 months or less.

Scope of Care
Care Plan RequirementsPrior to admission, residents must undergo a comprehensive assessment performed by a licensed health care professional. Within seven days of admission, the facility must prepare a personalized care plan for the resident, which outlines the services and supports that will be provided. A follow-up assessment must be performed every six months or sooner, and information from those assessments is used to update the care plan.
Medication Management RequirementsAll medications administered in an ALF must be reviewed by a licensed pharmacist, physician or registered nurse at least once every six months. Able residents may self-administer medications under the supervision of a staff member, while licensed caregivers such as registered nurses may administer medications.
Staff Screening RequirementsFacility administrators are responsible for ensuring all direct care staff have the skills and experience needed to provide safe, respectful care. Although the state does not mandate criminal background checks, most assisted living facilities perform extensive background checks on all employees.
Staff Training RequirementsStaff must complete a comprehensive orientation period prior to commencing duties, and that orientation must include training that is specific to the needs of the residents.
Medicaid CoverageMemory care facilities are not obligated to accept Medicaid-funded residents.
Reporting AbuseIn accordance with Utah law (62A-3-305), anyone who suspects or witnesses the abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult, including adults who reside in long-term care facilities, must immediately file a report with Utah’s Adult Protective Services department by calling 1-800-3711-7897 or contact the nearest police department.

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