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Would assisted living or a nursing home be best for my legally blind mother?

My mother just turned 65 and has been declared legally blind. She has diabetes, thyroid issues, malignent hypertension. She has been living alone until recently my older sister moved in with her as a temporary solution however she is working on getting her own place. Once that happens, I'm afraid my mother will not be able to have a healthy way of living since she cannot see. She has many church friends who help her out but I dont think its enough since my mother cannot cook on her own. We have discussed the option of putting her in a home and she even stated she went with some church friends to check some nursing homes out but she said they "smell" and didnt like it.
At this point, we are really looking at some kind of assisted living facility or apartments. Money is an issue, since she is poor and we all have our own lives and responsibilities to take care of.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Status: Open    Jan 12, 2016 - 03:39 PM

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Feb 07, 2016 - 09:05 AM

If she can still take care of herself then Assisted Living I think would be the way to go. As she declines and can not longer do ADL (activities of daily living) for herself then dependong on where she is they will either continue to care for her or she would have to be transferred to a Nursing home.
Some Assisted Living facilities will continue to care for a resident so you should check that out as you search.
You could try contacting Administration on Community Living. A Federal agency repsonsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the needs of older Americans and people with disabilities.
And Eldercare Locator Service is a Free national service, providing information about longterm support options in general and connecting the elder to resources in thier community. 1-800-677-1116 and www.eldercare.gov
And you could try Aging and Disability Resource Center These centers provide free information to consumers and their families about the full range of long term care and support 1-800-677-1116 and www.adrc-tae.org
I do hope that you can find something that will help both of you she is far too young to be in a Nursing Home if she is still able to participate in activities.
Also keep in mind that her sense of smell may be more acute than yours so she may be more sensitive to odors. Keep this in mind when you schedule visits try to mke them a bit later in the day so the staff sill not be in the midst of changing sheets and doing routine morning clean up chores.
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