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My 93 year old mother lives in her condo with a lot of help which is draining our funds. She has frequent UTIS which are very debilitating. She can walk a little with a walker but uses a transport chair often. She can shower herself but cannot prepare a meal or completely dress herself. She is lucid about 70 % of the time but has confusion at times, especially in late afternoon and evening. We cannot figure out whether she would do best in AL or in long term care or here with us. Any input would be welcome.

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AL would determine if she is right for that facility by evaluating her. They can be expensive so I am not sure you would be saving money.
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I'll share something I recently learned, because I am researching NH vs AL for my dad, who falls a lot.  He is getting to the point that he is unable walk w/ a walker or stand, which means that now in A.L, it takes 2 or sometimes 3 ppl to help get him to the bathroom.  A.L. typically  bases their charges on 1 aid for helping a patient.  Moving into a NH would allow more than 1 aid to help, plus they have lifts to help manage people. Hope this helps.
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The doctor and the evaluation team at the facility will make the determination of what residential setting is appropriate for her. Think about a facility that has all levels of care thus you really only need to make one move. Once there it may become necessary to move her room to another area of the facility for her to receive the level of care that she will need.
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