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Jim, NY Finding Geriatric Care Manager
Question My 85 year old Mother had a stroke, and is at a Dutchess County, NY, Rehab facility currently and for perhaps another 30 days. It does not appear she will be able to return home as she will probably be too mobility limited. In order to help transition to . . .
Answer Hi Jim, Yes there is a national organization and I think an excellent idea to help with your situation. First let me explain that this group of professional have recently change their name to Aging Life Care Professionals to better reflect the services a . . .
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Amy, KS Yearly Inspections
Question Hello! Can you tell me when the yearly inspections are posted? I see 2013 was posted 6/13 but not 2014. Thank You!
Answer Annual state nursing home inspections are usually performed every 12-15 months however sometimes at little longer intervals. The evaluation results are then posted online which may take additional time before are available. . . .
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Lora, IL both parents move to Nursing home
Question Within about 2 weeks my parents are to be moved into Friendship Manor Nursing home. I`ve been told they have to share a room, that they can`t have their own rooms? Mother is an Alzhiemers patient, but not needed to go to the Alzhiemers ward yet. This move . . .
Answer Hi lora,
I suggest reviewing the state inspection reports for this home which is like a report card evaluating the home's performance over past few years. click on this link below to search in geographic area desired.

http://www.carepathwa . . .
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doris, CA admitting parent to nursing home
Question How do you approach your parent when YOU know it is time to admit them but you don`t want them to feel like you don`t want to take care of them anymore but you CAN`T take care of them. I know there is a way to make this transition without him feeling like . . .
Answer Hi Doris,
Include your parent in all phases of the planning process inlcluding visiting homes togther. I always stress the importance to find one nearby to make visits frequent and easier. Your parent will be best cared for when you can be their cons . . .
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Cindy, NJ Long term care/nursing home
Question My grandmother is in bad healh. She has ben in he hospital for a monh now. The nusing home she is at is poor. I need to find a place where she can be well. What can I do
Answer Hi Cindy,
Refer to our nursing home inspector tool to research homes in your area to find ones that have better ratings based on state inspections. You can also contact your state ombudsman for referral of homes they may be familiar with in your area . . .
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Alica, NC Facility for Grandmother
Question My 92 year old grandmother has severe arthritis as well as Alzheimer`s and my Dad and I feel it is time to move her to a nursing home because she has been falling even with a walker. She has an appointment for her FL2 examination, but other than that, I h . . .
Answer We have a complete checklist on our site that you should print and bring along with you as will find useful. The nursing homes are required to undergo annual state inspections which you can find results of using our Nursing Home Inspector service also on . . .
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Katherine, FL need help finding long term care facility
Question A family member of mine suffers from brain damage and alcoholism, he lacks competency and cannot provide proper care for himself. I`m having trouble finding a service that will fit his needs. Can you recommend any?
Answer Not sure if are looking for homecare assistance or relocate to facility. Might start by contacting local social service/health dept to inquire what programs might be avaialable in your area. . . .
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shirley, TX long term care on vents
Question my brother had a stroke and is need of long term care.He`s on a vent and they are going to put in a feeding tube. I would like to know of long term care facilities in the state of texas that provide this kind of care. I live in the Fort Worth and the clos . . .
Answer Please request that the discharge planner/social worker at facility he is currently at make some calls and help with finding appropriate care. . . .
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Dan, CT SNFs and use of ventilators
Question Can you recommend a good resource for finding skilled nursing facilities in Connecticut that will admit patients on a ventilator?
Answer Start by narrowing your selection to the best performing skilled homes in this area using our Nursing Home Inspector tool to assist you. Then you will need to contact them individually to find which ones actually care for ventilator patients. . . .
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Trudie, AZ Heavenly Care on Orange Grove
Question We have a close family friend who will be needing a higher level of care. She has considered Heavenly Care at 1870 Orange Grove in Tucson. Do you have any information on this place? My husband and I live in PA and have no way of knowing if it is a decent . . .
Answer Expect this may be some type of assisted living facility in which case there are really no universal inspections and evaluations given. However if it is a skilled care facility then can review state inspections on our site. If it is both assisted and skil . . .
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