The Joint Commission Memory Care Certification program, developed in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association, helps nursing care centers and assisted living communities improve care for people living with dementia.

About Memory Care Certification

Memory Care Certification is based on the Alzheimer's Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. This certification requires nursing care centers and assisted living communities to have a structured plan for providing care, treatment and services to people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

This certification program focuses on:

  • The coordination and delivery of specialized care and programming.
  • Staff competency and training.
  • The safety of the physical environment of care.
  • Support services for residents living with dementia and their families.

Market distinction in dementia care

Organizations awarded with Memory Care Certification will be recognized on The Joint Commission Quality Check® website and on the Alzheimer’s Association Community Resource Finder, a database of dementia and aging-related resources for those seeking programs and services.

Earn Memory Care Certification

Learn more about the Memory Care Certification process for nursing care centers and assisted living communities, including eligibility criteria, certification requirements and access to the application for certification.