Finding information about assisted living residences in your area will require some digging. Online resources can speed up your search. You can also enlist the help of a professional Aging Life Care Manager who can help save time and avoid costly mistakes.
Here are 10 helpful resources about Assisted Living:
- For an overview of senior housing options – AARP offers comprehensive information on independent living and nursing homes, as well as on assisted living.
- To start your search for an assisted living facility – Caring.com. Click ‘Assisted Living’, then enter your zip code to find facilities; listings include communities and services with current state licensing.
- If you’re in a hurry to find a residence – A Place for Mom is a referral services that is free for consumers. Be aware that providers pay the site a fee if you move in.
- To get help from an aging life care expert – Contact the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center at (561) 588-4545 for assisted living in Palm Beach County.
- To check assisted living regulations in your state – the National Center for Assisted Living offers a host of information, including rules for each state.
- A starting point for checking assisted living violations can be found at A Place for Mom. Click on your state to find out how to obtain inspection reports.
- To contact your local state long-term-care ombudsman – Visit the National Long-term-Care Ombudsman Resource Center. Use the map tool to locate links for your state.
- To get a legal review of your contract – the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Click ‘Consumer Resources’, then ‘Find an Attorney’.
- For the basics on long-term care benefits – Visit LongTermCare.gov. This federal website provides an overview of long-term care, as well as links to Medicare and Medicaid information.
- For first-person insight into assisted living – “The Thin Edge of Dignity” by Dick Weinman, a retired professor of broadcast communications at Oregon State University, became wheelchair-bound in 2005 after a car crash. In this short documentary, he describes his personal experience with assisted living and how he manages to stay active.