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Old 10-18-2020, 12:59 PM
Davonu Davonu is offline
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My wife's mother and her step-father need an ALF. That is not in doubt. But how to go about the initial steps of research and related matters is very uncertain and new to the parties involved. Help with exploring possible facilities and coordination of appropriate and required family member communications is needed.

If you have any experience or knowledge regarding the initial stages of such matters, please post. I'm thinking the first steps might even involve some sort of consultant or advisor who could help us, for a fee of course.

Thanks.
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Old 10-18-2020, 01:32 PM
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Usnews has rated assisted living facilities. The state also has a website. There is an agency for elderly people. You have to see if they accept medicaid and medicare. Also will the ALF allow outside aids to assist your parents. This is very important as some do not and care can be very expensive and substandard. My sister in law who works in the field has seen some very bad examples of health care. There are a lot of assisted living facilities in the Leesburg area.
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Old 10-18-2020, 01:48 PM
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My wife's mother and her step-father need an ALF. That is not in doubt. But how to go about the initial steps of research and related matters is very uncertain and new to the parties involved. Help with exploring possible facilities and coordination of appropriate and required family member communications is needed.

If you have any experience or knowledge regarding the initial stages of such matters, please post. I'm thinking the first steps might even involve some sort of consultant or advisor who could help us, for a fee of course.

Thanks.
I don't think you need an advisor. I would start by visiting the assisted living facilities in The Villages and talk to the residents. Typically, assisted living facilities will not be covered by either Medicare or Medicaid, although some may have a few rooms available under Medicaid.
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Old 10-18-2020, 01:52 PM
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Quick update...while The Villages area is a slight possibility, the most likely area for an ALF will be the northern Tampa area...New Tampa, Temple Terrace, and nearby areas.
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Old 10-21-2020, 11:38 AM
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Things are different in time of covid as you may not be allowed to visit facilities. My first step with Dad, who is quite content at Buffalo Crossings was to look online. I then visited every ALF facility in The Villages. The agreement was if he was going to stay here then it would be where he could still have his golf cart. My son and daughter in law visited ones in the NYC area ( where we live) and I was the ones they thought best. I took Dad to see my top 3 and let him make choice. After first visit I learned to shade the price (quite common I have been told).

Due to current circumstances things are different. My understanding is no/restricted visits. Dad's facility opened for visits (by appt only) on 9/28 I made arrangements to fly down on 10/5 and appts for 10/6 and 10/7. A resident (first time positive in a resident) tested positive all visits halted. All staff are tested every 2 weeks. I ended up knocking on dad's window and waving.

You won't get to see how things are normally because these are not normal times. Dad's place was always lively with plenty of activity which for the most part has stopped. After this round of resident testing with 1 additional positive resident. They are again allowed to socialize outside with social distancing. It is probably easier as a couple as they would be allowed to dine together, etc.

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