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Finding The Right Senior Housing and Health Care Providers

Posted Jul 26 2010 4:28pm

“I think I want to sell my house,”  Dad casually commented on the phone.

Even after my phone call with my father ended, I didn’t realize how much life was going to change. Finding Health Care Providers and Senior Housing I figured that this was a temporary situation that would resolve itself in a matter of weeks.

But, life never went back to the way it was before that call. My father’s need for help increased, in fits and starts, until he reached the end of the road in hospice care.

Over the course of two years, long-distance caregiving for my Dad became bi-coastal caregiving. But whether I was with him in New Jersey or researching options at my home in California, choosing the right people to help was difficult.

Ultimately, the key to helping Dad at each stage of his final years was getting connected to the right providers and caregivers. So this month, 3GenFamily Blog has added two new sponsors to help our readers connect with reputable professionals who can help them with elder care.

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When my father decided that owning his own home was too much work, he opted for an independent living apartment community that also had an assisted living section. So, when he was no longer able to live on his own, he just moved to the other side of the community.

It took weeks of looking at different facilities and three months on the waiting list to get into the independent living that Dad chose. We were lucky that we had time to do that.

More often, the need for senior housing comes about abruptly. An accidental fall or sudden illness can leave your loved one unable to live alone anymore. How do you find the right housing situation right away?

A Place for Mom is a free referral service that can help you find nursing homes, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, retirement communities, home care, and other senior care options. This service began in Seattle, WA and now has elder care consultants in most states.

It can be so helpful to have a knowledgeable person sifting through the choices with you. Too often the state online directories of care facilities are difficult to navigate and loaded with mind-numbing jargon.

I recently discovered just how bad it could be while checking out the State of California’s Community Care Licensing search. I kept looking for the places near where I live but just couldn’t find them.

Where did they go? Well, those places were in the database, but listed in a category I would never have guessed.

Find Senior Housing options for your elderly loved one. Search from 17,000+ elder care providers nationwide. FREE service. A Place for Mom.

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