Title 22, §87101(d)(4) defines "dementia" to mean ". . . the loss of intellectual function (such as thinking, remembering, reasoning, exercising judgment and making decisions) and other cognitive functions, sufficient to interfere with an individual's ability to perform activities of daily living or to carry out social or occupational activities. Dementia is not a disease itself, but rather a group of symptoms that may accompany certain conditions or diseases, including Alzheimer's Disease. Symptoms may include changes in personality, mood and/or behavior. Dementia is irreversible when caused by disease or injury, but may be reversible when caused by depression, drugs, alcohol, or hormone/vitamin imbalances."
There is a regulatory difference between Licensees providing care of residents with dementia (Title 22, Section 87705), and Licensees who "advertise, promote, or otherwise hold themselves out as providing special care, programming and/or environments for residents with dementia (Title 22, Section 87706). Also, not all facilities are approved by the state to provide dementia care; CARR's review of 354 files revealed that Licenses (LIC 203) issued by CCLD frequently do not state whether a facility provides Dementia care. If it is unclear from the License whether Dementia care is provided, the consumer should ask for clarification.
The state once required Dementia waivers before Licensees could care for residents with dementia; Dementia Waivers are no longer required.