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Money running out for assisted living

Dear Carol: My mother’s been in an assisted living facility for five years. She still likes living there, though she is having more health problems lately, so it’s been a struggle for me to get her to her clinic appointments and keep up with the medical care she needs. Her assets are now used up. She receives both Social Security and my deceased Dad’s veteran’s benefits, but that’s not enough for her expenses. No one in the family is in a situation to help financially. I'm the only daughter living near her and am at my wits end. I can’t take her in my home and I don’t know what to do about the assisted living facility. Rebecca

Dear Rebecca: The first thing I’d suggest is that you go to your state’s website and look for your long-term care ombudsman.

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