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Senior woman holding picture of her husband who has been transferred awayNursing Homes Are Closing Across Rural America, Scattering Residents More than 440 rural nursing homes have closed or merged over the last decade, according to the Cowles Research Group, which tracks long-term care, and each closure scattered patients like seeds in the wind. Instead of finding new care in their homes and communities, many end up at different nursing homes far from their families. NewYorkTimes.com

Young female caregiver helping senior lady with walkerPlanning Ahead for Assisted Living Some helpful tips for finding the right place for you or a loved one NextAvenue.com

senior husband & wife on couchVIDEO: How Can Assisted Living Better Serve Families? 3 videos deliver insights from families and professionals in the field. NextAvenue.com

senior women talking over teaWhat are the differences between Assisted Living and a Nursing Home? It is important to understand the differences between an assisted living residence and a nursing home before choosing which environment is the right fit for you or your loved one. SeniorLiving.com

Playing mah-jongg at a nursing home in New Jersey.How to Challenge a Nursing Home Eviction Notice, and Other Tips  Many nursing home residents are unaware of their rights. So when these individuals face the threat of eviction, legal advocates say, many of them do not even realize they have the right to challenge their discharge New York Times

calculatorWatch Out for These Hidden Costs of Assisted Living  Once you’ve made the decision that assisted living would be a good move, the next question is usually: How much will it cost? The national median cost for assisted living is $3,750 per month, but prices vary widely from state to state and facility to facility. Samada.com

nusing home cartoon - man holding flashlight looking for an affordable oneNursing Home Unthinkable? Be Prepared in Case It’s Inevitable Nobody looks forward to spending their final years in a nursing home, yet 1.4 million Americans are living in this often-feared institutional setting. You may not want to place a loved one in a nursing home for more than a short-term recovery — but never promise an aging relative that it won’t happen. – The New York Times

young child and elder handsThey Put A Pre-School In A Nursing Home And It Changed Everyone’s Life In Providence Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, WA, something amazing has happened at the Inter-Generational Learning Center to ensure that the elderly people at their nursing home are happy. They decided to put a pre-school in a nursing home. Family members and staff were all pleasantly surprised to see the huge difference it made in the lives of both the elderly and the children. – Collective-Evolution

woman talking to 2 seniorsSearching for Quality in Assisted Living Care  Finding the right assisted living option for a family member can be a daunting task, and it’s not always easy to find data about the quality of various facilities. To help families get the information they need, A Place for Mom Inc., a commercial housing referral service for older adults, recently created an online, state-by-state guide to obtaining records on assisted living communities.—The New York Times

man pushing mother in wheelchairThe Teeth of Memory At age 88, my mother broke her hip and was sent for rehab to a nursing home. I went out to California for three weeks to oversee her care and look after my father, who could no longer drive. While old age had rendered him kindly and forgetful, it left my mother as sharp as ever but more irritable, especially with my father. To stave off my own panic, I swam every other day at a Y.M.C.A. several miles down the freeway…– The New York Times