Chapter 8. Choosing a Nursing Home or an Assisted-Living Facility


“Be good to your children-they pick your nursing home.”

 --Bumper sticker

Choosing a nursing home for a parent or grandparent is a difficult and emotional experience. However, it is a very important task and should be done with much preparation and thought.

For Information, Go Right to the Source

It is as true now as it was then when Mr. Ed told us in his theme song “Go right to the source and ask the horse.” Unfortunately, Mr. Ed—that is, Bamboo Harvester, the horse who played him—died in 1970 at the age of 19.

But it still makes sense to go right to the source when you need information. One good source on how to choose a nursing home is the “Nursing Home” section of ...

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