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StickynotesDear Carol: With reluctance, I’m looking for a good nursing home for my wife who has had multiple sclerosis for decades. I’ve cared for her all along but my own body is breaking down.  I’ve checked Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare and that’s helpful. However, I feel that is too removed from the everyday life of most nursing homes. Some care homes look good in ratings and but in reality they seem lifeless and institutional. One that I like the feel of doesn’t have the highest rating, though the rating isn’t low. What are the best tools for choosing? Mike

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