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Find Housing and/or Care

Find your way through the maze by starting here:

  • Start with a financial assessment. What do you have to work with?
  • Assess your loved ones condition and needs. (See assessment checklist.)

Familiarize yourself with the choices:

  • Aging in place, at home with modifications, assistive devices and services, such as meal programs
  • Senior day centers
  • Granny-unit, in-law apartment, or bedroom in your home
  • Subsidized senior housing
  • Residential care and group homes
  • Assisted living facility
  • Continuing care retirement communities, which include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care
  • Skilled nursing home
  • Alzheimer’s or dementia facilities
  • Hospice

Familiarize yourself with local services:

  • Ask your loved one’s physician for recommendations.
  • Ask friends, family, and others for housing and care recommendations
  • If your parent is in the hospitalized, speak to the social worker or discharge planner.
  • Call a local hospital and ask the social worker for suggestions.
  • If there are other aging seniors in your parents’ neighborhood, consider banding together to establish a NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community.

Do the footwork. Visit the facilities you’re interested in. Interview potential home health workers.

  • Set an appointment.
  • Meet with the director of the home or services.
  • Interview the staff.
  • Go on a tour of the grounds.
  • Ask residents how they like living there.
  • Pop in again at a different time, without an appointment.
  • Ask for references and call them.
  • Call your Long-Term Care Ombudsman and ask about the facility or service.
  • Call your state’s health department to see if any complaints have been filed.