APFM Staff Answers
Oct 14, 2015 - 04:13 PM
This being said, you will also want to have a frank conversation with her oncologist as well as her GP regarding your intent to move her to assisted living after you have visited a few communities to learn what they can do. Predicting her life span is not something that even a physician will be comfortable with, but you will want to gain an understanding of how long her needs could be met in assisted living or memory care. (Do be aware that some medical professionals may not always be aware of the care that can be provided in assisted living in their state, too.)
Many communities are also hesitant to accept someone if they know they cannot live there for at least a few months, because they want a new resident to be able to settle in and feel some stability in the community. This is important, because a good community will make a responsible decision based on the physician's notes and a personal assessment. Some assisted living communities also allow hospice to come in and provide services to their residents.
Every state is different, and every assisted living within the state is also different, so you will want to do your homework. Some assisted living communities are fully prepared for heavy care without having to move into another section of a community, and some prefer light care. You may want to find a local A Place For Mom Advisor at 866-568-2989 to get you started.
Good luck and I wish you the best.