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Tips for finding the right nursing home facility

With increasing reports of nursing home abuse and neglect, finding an assisted living center for a loved one is a tricky and difficult task. Realize that finding the right home is a long-term project. Experts suggest visiting as many as five prospective locations prior to deciding. Advocates also recommend not being lured by the facilities with the prettiest landscapes or most furnished public rooms; rather, they suggest focusing on the training of staff members who deliver the care to residents.

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For a helpful FAQ on assisted living, please visit the Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living or the Assisted Living Federation of America.