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Question DetailsAsked on 7/31/2013

I'm looking for an assisted living facility in Portland Oregon for my friend's 99 year old Mother .

My friend and extended family live in Portland and Mom is moving up from Southern California to be close to them .
She has a request to be able to see the mountains and be close to a library . She is very bright and social.

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I would suggest you google three things -

assisted living near Portland, OR

assisted living reviews

assisted living ratings

The first will give you a list you can screen for distance from any given place, then narrow that with reviews (particularly those on non-profit elder care sites), then review the health care ratings (particularly the government health inspection ratings) for that list. By the time that is done, you should be down to a reasonable list.

Then review those places websites to narrow the list more, then call or eMail for their brochures. That should get the list down to about 10 or less, then it is time to narow it by financial constraints (if any) and activities available, and the availability of in-room nursing care and full resident nursing care in-house. You should choose a place with all three levels of care, because at her age the probability of needing more care in the next few years if high.

Do NOT look at any facility that requires "buy-in" or a lump-sum contract to join or minimum 1 year-advance payment - at her age, the $100,000+ would never pay off, and 1 year advance payment also does not make good sense. Look only for those facilities where you pay on a month-to-month basis.

Since she wants to be close to a library, be sure to choose one with shuttle service to drive residents to local facilities. Of course, introducing her to an eBook reader might be helpful too, especially with family members nearby to handle loading new books for her and handling any reader glitches.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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