My father died two years ago and my mother has lived by herself in the home she and dad shared and we grew up in. She is now in her eighties and realizes it is time to move into assisted living. I’m looking for a reliable source of information to help us make this important decision.
I had the same experience and found a lot of help on www.aplaceformom.com. It was a really reliable resource and I learned a lot just from surfing around on it. Good luck in your research and on this new chapter in life. It's not an easy one, but you will be much happier knowing that your mom is well-taken care of.
The best thing is that your mom realizes she should move. That’s half the battle. There are a number of good websites to help you find a safe and welcoming new home for your mother. You don’t mention what state you live in, but a great place to start is http://www.n4a.org/ The phone number is 800-677-1116. They can give you a list of local homes and put you in touch with the people who investigate to make sure the homes are safe and well run. Make sure you visit the places you are considering many times – and go unannounced.
Two more fantastic resources regarding nursing homes: Go to http://www.medicare.gov/Default.asp and click on “Check out nursing homes in your area”. Also, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services website at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ has a wealth of information regarding nursing facilities and standards.
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Check out our directory: http://www.boomerater.com/senior-living/search-for-senior-housing and articles in our Housing & Community section for information on care transitions/decision-making.
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Besides the search function, the site’s blog offers countless blog posts, extensive resource guides, and access to a vibrant social media community that is rich with information, advice, recommendations and more in terms of making the decision and ultimately making the transition successfully.
Be selective if you decide to use a senior housing/care consulting service (such as www.aplaceformom.com, mentioned in a reply above). Many of those agencies are commission-based, which means their employees may offer referrals to care communities that aren’t the best fit.
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