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Old March 1 2013, 03:17 AM   #20
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Re: Old Folks Homes

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TSQ, you can do a lot of the initial research online, getting names of facilities / communities, looking up how they're rated by the agencies that monitor them, and so on. At some point, she's going to need to be formally assessed to determine what level of care she needs (independent living, some level of assisted living, or skilled nursing). But in the meantime, do you know whether she needs actually nursing care or just assistance with activities of daily living (ADL's)? That will help decide where she should go, because not all facilities offer all levels. Once you have a few places in mind, you're going to have to go out there and visit them.

It's been years since I did all this for my father, but I'll be glad to try answering any questions you may have.
^This.
Also, when you visit make sure you talk to the residents and their family members that visit them on a regular basis. Residents tend to have a one sided view but if there is any truth to what they say their relatives will confirm it. Make sure you check the ratings as a starting point ago go back for as many years as you can. Many facilities will show when they are trending something good or bad.
Totally agreed.

Also, checking for complaints with whatever local or state agency is charged with overseeing retirement homes will help you in finding a track record of care at that home.

Another question....does she have any local friends who live in a retirement facility? While this should not be a primary consideration in looking for a facility for her, having a friend who already lives there will be a big help to her in getting acclimated to her new surroundings if she moves into the same facility her friend lives in.
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