The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has designated October as Long- Term Care Planning Month in an effort to raise awareness about long- term care. Research estimates about 70 percent of people who are 65 and older are going to require long- term care in their lifetime. While it may seem overwhelming to think about this topic, especially if the need is not yet there, now is a good time to start looking at options rather than waiting.
Families often find themselves shopping for an assisted living in the middle of a family crisis. A loved one is in the hospital and the discharge planners want to place him or her in an assisted living as soon as possible. You have no idea where to start! There are agencies and resources to help you. Alaska's Aging and Disability Resource Center (877-625-2372) can help you find the services your relative needs wherever you live in Alaska. You can also download a list of the homes that the State has licensed at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dhcs/Pages/cl/all/default.aspx. When it comes time to choose a home, however, here are the questions you should ask and the things you should look for.
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