My 91-year old mother currently lives in an independent living facility across town (20 minutes away). She has been there 7 years; rent increases annually, and for the last couple of years, she has not participated in any of the events/services at the facility, eats few to no meals there weekly, and now needs 6 hours a day of home care. Our family is considering moving her to an apartment (in a regular apartment complex) that is one mile away from our home. This would allow us to cut housing expenses so that if she needs more in-home care, we/she can afford it. I will be spending the night with her on a regular basis, and her move will allow me to move more easily between our home and mother's apartment.
My biggest concern is that she will feel isolated (although she doesn't leave her apartment now (except with her family or for doctor's appointments), she still has a sense of being with other seniors). She has moderate dementia and needs someone to help her get up and move around on her walker. Fortunately, she is not a wanderer, and she is very cooperative with us and her caregivers.
Has anyone else made this kind of arrangement for their parent/elder? Any advice on how to make the situation better/safer for Mother and/or her family?