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Updates to the Assisted Living Community Memory Care Add-on Certification

Effective July 1, 2024, The Joint Commission has approved revisions to its Memory Care Certification for assisted living communities (ALCs). These revisions include 8 revised elements of performance (EPs) and 1 deleted EP.

The revised requirements are designed to improve safety and quality of care by addressing medical oversight for the care provided to ALC residents receiving memory care services and by removing barriers as to who organizations can designate to provide medical oversight and care. Joint Commission–accredited ALCs certified in memory care will no longer be required to have a physician responsible for directing the program or providing medical services. The standards will now allow for other providers, including nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists, to provide oversight and medical care.

The revisions reflect current practices in assisted living communities, state regulations and provider scope of practice requirements, feedback from Joint Commission–accredited ALCs, and recommendations from subject matter experts in assisted living and memory care, including the American Medical Directors Association and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Prepublication Standards:

Prepublication Standards - Effective July 1, 2024