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Assisted Living: Expectations and Resources

A move to assisted living is a big step in the life of a senior. Planned or unplanned, the move must be handled with a delicate firmness. This needs an understanding like few other events in life. The role reversal of adult child to decision-maker requires humility and a great deal of empathy. Remove all…
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Downsizing to Assisted Living: When is the Time Right?

A move to senior living requires accepting that a smaller space is okay. As Dr. Dennis McCullough encourages in his phenomenal book, “My Mother, Your Mother,” take a look around the space your loved one lives in now. What rooms are they actually using? (Rooms used for storing “stuff” do not count!) You most likely…
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Assisted Living: How to Pay for Senior Living

Many families are concerned about how to pay for senior living. Assisted living is primarily private pay, out-of-pocket expense. In some cases, seniors qualify for other resources such as Veterans Aid and Attendance. In Florida, we have Medicaid/Managed Care which pays a relatively small amount towards assisted living fees and the application for such should…
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Assisted Living: Defined

The state regulatory agency, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), defines assisted living in Florida as: “An assisted living facility (ALF) is designed to provide personal care services in the least restrictive and most home-like environment. These facilities can range in size from one resident to several hundred and may offer a wide variety…
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