My mom with schziophrenia and knee arthritis is in the process of moving into an assisted living home. I'm a long distance caregiver in my 20's and trying to setup a system that would allow me travel for work or school if need be. At the moment the assisted living she'll be moving into is less than 2 hours away from where I currently live and work. She is transitioning from one on one homecare to assisted living for the first time. On one hand this transition seems great because we can always expect her to get her meds and do not have to deal with coordinating caregivers, however there still seems to be confusion with the health care part of the equation. Because my Mom has a mental illness its hard for her to setup dr. appointments and advocate for herself in the drs. room. Does assisted living do this for you? For ex, if they notice something wrong with her foot do they set an appointment with her foot doctor and go with her there to address it? They have a nurse on staff but in what way are they usually involved in these facilities? Do I have to hire someone else to do this And if so, how do I coordinate this? Geriatric care manager? Home health aide? It would difficult for me to just be down there at a moments notice for a drs. app.