We've known of a wonderful IL place about 3 hours from where I now live that my great-grandmother and grandmother both lived in. We are now thinking of Mom living there if we can make the finances work. One of my biggest issues is that I am uncertain Mom will be able to do her own grocery shopping there. She is half-blind (blind spots) and has slight balance issues in strange places. Right now I take her shopping and steer the cart for her, maybe point to the item she is looking for if she has trouble finding it. I hover when she pays to help with the payment machine.
Am I being overly cautious and worried? I feel like if I knew she had a companion right there to help her (but we can't afford to pay someone), then I'd worry a lot less. Do most IL places assign welcome buddies or anything? Is it realistic to expect (hope) that an overly nosy resident might soon step in and be her friend?