Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Looking for a Place for Mom?

Are you looking for a place for Mom? No? What about a place for you? A nursing home.

That doesn't sound desirable, but let's look at reality. You may not have the luxury of staying at home, and what if you don't know any other options? Apparently, MSers are "a significant and growing number of people seeking such care." Nursing homes are typically inhabited by old people, but there is a new generation of residents, and many of them are MSers.

When they can no longer transfer independently and need assistance, they become candidates for long-term care. However, MSers may need specialized care that is different from most residents. They are younger and probably will live there longer than most residents, and some need specialized equipment. Even though they are physically dependent, they are likely to be mentally alert and wanting different stimulation, mobility, and accessibility than most of the 80 year old residents.

So how do you find the right place? A Place for Mom has advisers ready to assess your needs and find some options. They have some nice articles, including one addressing MSers needing long-term care. If a nursing home is a possibility -- or a probability -- wouldn't it be a good idea to find a place yourself?

Oh, and by the way, they will be glad to help find a place for Mom or Dad, too.

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1 comment:

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