A Place to Call Home: Cover All Your Bases When Looking for Nursing Care

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When someone you love needs nursing home care, finding the appropriate place can be financially and emotionally daunting. To help ease your burden when it comes to placement options, facility selection, and insurance, here are a few guidelines:

Determine what services are needed. Most of us deal with nursing homes after a parent, relative, or spouse needs long-term care. "My mother has had three strokes since 2002," says Micheline Ridley Malson, a consultant for faith- and community-based organizations in Durham, North Carolina. "After the first two, I hoped she could live with me or in her own house, so I looked for a nursing home that could provide rehabilitation service." But when her mother had her third stroke, Malson then "wanted to find a nursing home equipped to provide the kind of constant care she would need."

Size up the right location. You'll probably want to put your loved one in a nursing home near you. Often, local agencies can tell you what services facilities offer and which have vacancies. Malson says she received invaluable help from a Durham-based senior citizens council and the state's Department of Social Services. …