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Shopping for "Asst Living" Locale/Criteria??

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This house Im staying at is being sold, & im what I consider a short fuse to move.

 

Any ideas on how to research, locate & decide on a good Asst Living place, their costs & what to look for?  (I also have a cat).

 

(I had cataract surgery done in both eyes now.  FANTASTIC!  At least, I can see now!  That will a big  help, im thinking.

 

TIA

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Re: Shopping for "Asst Living" Locale/Criteria??

In my experience with my father, all the places we could afford had waiting lists.  Some a few months, others even longer.  He was fortunate to be accepted 2 months after getting on a list.

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@MakeUpMaidn   I haven't shopped Asst Living with a cat owner for many years, but I know when I was doing the search, the worst part for the aunt who needed care was that no asst living facility would take her cats, not even just one of her four.  Until we finally found placement for them, I couldn't move her.

I've seen therapy animals when I go visit sometimes, but if you're keeping the cat, I'd start by asking about that first!  Then price and health department ratings.

 

Good luck to you.  I know the process is difficult.

 

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There are a few in my area but very expensive with waiting lists. Also the more care needed the more the cost. I think maybe google "Assisted Living Facilites" in your city and see what comes up.

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I agree with @millieshops about the cat.  I've been researching Assisted Living for a while and none will accept cats/pets in my area.  That's my biggest sticking point about moving into one in the next few years.  My cats are still relatively young so the odds they'll be gone before me are slim.

 

There are also waiting lists of varying lengths for admission.

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@MakeUpMaidn.  I thought you were packing and all set to move someplace several months ago?  I believe you said you had to be out in a matter of a couple days. I'm confused.

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Re: Shopping for "Asst Living" Locale/Criteria??

You can compare assisted living facilities at https://www.medicare.gov/care-compare/results?searchType=NursingHome&page=1&radius=10&sort=closest&z...

 

It shows the results of the latest state inspections. 

Once you narrow down your options, you can call the facitily and ask for a tour. 

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US News & World Report has a good online article on the "Best Assisting Living".   It ranks places by city and also talks about what it is, what you can expect, costs, etc.  

 

As others have mentioned there may be a waitlist to get in.  I'm in a Continuing Care Retirement Community.  It has independent, assisted and nursing care.  I was on the waitlist for almost two years.  Not every place is like that so hopefully you can find what you need.  We lived in another one that didn't have a waitlist while waiting to get in here.    

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Re: Shopping for "Asst Living" Locale/Criteria??

@Kachina624 Now that you mentioned it, I also remember that thread.

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Most accept pets.

 

You can even go spend the day there, or at least go eat lunch or dinner. It will give you a sense of the people and if you like it.

 

Many offer a trial run for a month. You are not obligated to stay. You just do the test run.