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Old 04-17-2007, 09:35 AM   #21
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Sounds good however really do your homework on the Assisted living option. For what that cost you may do better staying in place and bringing services in thus getting more personal attention. The downside is you can become isolated in your home. In our case we live within walking distance to family and friends so isolation would not be much of a concern.

DH and I are essentially childless (long sad story) so a lot of our planning concerns what to do when we cannot handle things around the house ourselves. We know we are on our own. However there are more and more option for people like us who want to stay home. We are lucky since we live in a part of the country (East Coast) that offers this option.
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Re: Preparing for old age housing
Old 04-17-2007, 10:54 AM   #22
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We've got a LONG time (we're in our 30s) before we need to contemplate this, but there are a few very good CC communities nearby. The tentative idea is to stick with the house until we don't feel like putting up with home ownership issues, and then make the jump to an apartment in one of those communities. I'm actually more concerned about becoming socially isolated than about kicking the bucket under one particular roof, and that would give us neighbors and a support structure for as long as we needed them.
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Old 04-18-2007, 08:07 PM   #23
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Understood.

As with anything else it takes good research. It's not just CC communities.. free-standing assisted living and nursing homes vary a lot in quality. I think each of us should know what what is available and appropriate for ourselves and our parents. I have been in the situation where a parent unexpectedly needed nursing care, and I was clue-less. Never again.

For myself I will move to one of a short list of CC communities and am on the list of one. The good ones have wait lists years long. If they have an opening and I am not ready I just pass on the vacancy. I can pass again and agin until we are ready.
I am so ignorant about CC communities. Are they like nursing homes? or Are they Independent Living or a combination of both? Although I am only 53, my parents are in their 80's and still living in their home (my brothers, sisters, and I live nearby and are consistently assisting them). I would like to become more knowledgeable about this subject. Brat, -What steps do you suggest I take to insure that I make an intelligent decision like you did?? Books, visits, etc.??
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There is an accreditation program that I used to winnow down our list: http://www.carf.org/Consumer.aspx?Content=CCACSearch

I further limited myself to not-for-profits. The community that topped our list also had residents on the board of directors.
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There is an accreditation program that I used to winnow down our list: http://www.carf.org/Consumer.aspx?Content=CCACSearch

I further limited myself to not-for-profits. The community that topped our list also had residents on the board of directors.
Thanks for this info, Brat.
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