Oregon Department of Human Services, Aging and People with Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities

Rule Rule 411-057-0160
Resident Services in a Memory Care Community


Only individuals with a diagnosis of dementia who are in need of support for the progressive symptoms of dementia for physical safety, or physical or cognitive function may reside in a memory care community. Services must be delivered in a manner that promotes the autonomy and dignity of each resident, to maintain or enhance the resident’s remaining abilities for self-care.


At time of move-in and quarterly, the community must make reasonable attempts to identify the preferred customary routines of each resident and the resident’s preferences in how services may be delivered. Minimum services to be provided include:


Assistance with activities of daily living that addresses the needs of each resident with dementia due to cognitive or physical limitations. These services must meet or be in addition to the requirements in the licensing rules for the facility. Services must be provided in a manner that promotes resident choice, dignity, and sustains the resident’s abilities.


Health care services provided in accordance with the licensing rules of the facility.


A daily meal program for nutrition and hydration must be provided based upon the resident’s preferences and needs available throughout each resident’s waking hours. The individualized nutritional plan for each resident must be documented in the resident’s service or care plan. In addition, the memory care community must provide:


Visual contrast between plates, eating utensils, and the table to maximize the independence of each resident; and


Adaptive eating utensils for those residents who have been evaluated as needing them to maintain their eating skills.


Meaningful activities that promote or help sustain the physical and emotional well-being of residents. The activities must be person centered and available during residents’ waking hours.


Each resident must be evaluated for activities according to the licensing rules of the facility. In addition, the evaluation must address the following:


Past and current interests;


Current abilities and skills;


Emotional and social needs and patterns;


Physical abilities and limitations;


Adaptations necessary for the resident to participate; and


Identification of activities for behavioral interventions.


An individualized activity plan must be developed for each resident based on their activity evaluation. The plan must reflect the resident’s activity preferences and needs.


A selection of daily structured and non-structured activities must be provided and included on the resident’s activity service or care plan as appropriate. Daily activity options based on resident evaluation may include but are not limited to:


Occupation or chore related tasks;


Scheduled and planned events (e.g. entertainment, outings);


Spontaneous activities for enjoyment or those that may help diffuse a behavior;


One to one activities that encourage positive relationships between residents and staff (e.g. life story, reminiscing, music);


Spiritual, creative, and intellectual activities;


Sensory stimulation activities;


Physical activities that enhance or maintain a resident’s ability to ambulate or move; and


Outdoor activities.


Behavioral symptoms which negatively impact the resident and others in the community must be evaluated and included on the service or care plan. The memory care community must initiate and coordinate outside consultation or acute care when indicated.


Support must be offered to family and other significant relationships on a regularly scheduled basis not less than quarterly. Examples in which support may be provided include support groups, community gatherings, social events, or meetings that address the needs of individual residents or their family or significant relationships.


Access to secured outdoor space and walkways which allow residents to enter and return without staff assistance, except when indicated by OAR 411-057-0170 (Physical Design, Environment, and Safety)(5)(e).

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Jun. 8, 2021