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Assisted Living Memory Unit or Nursing Home: How to Choose

DignityCreditivan-torres-376153-unsplash (3)Dear Carol: Your column has been incredibly helpful for my family as we care for my sweet mother-in-law who is in late stages of frontal temporal dementia. As we've struggled to find the right care setting while she progresses through this disease, we've been confused by care options. From assisted living to skilled nursing, there appear to be many choices, but it's not always clear what each provides. Recently, we learned from a nurse in Mom’s current nursing home that some memory care assisted living facilities (ALFs) care for residents through the end of life. We haven't been looking at assisted living options as she needs far more care, but now it looks like we should reconsider since her current nursing home doesn’t specialize in dementia. Can you please clarify for us and other families how these care options are named and what they provide? AG

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