The call response at the facility is sometimes 45 minutes. She may need more nursing care or would another facility have shorter call response times?

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Does anyone have any suggestions for the best way to find a nursing home/skilled nursing facility? My mom lives in a different state than I do. I am definitely capable of finding a good place but I want to research it first before I take the trip
there to select a place.
It seems that my mom must be moved to a wheelchair and it seems like she is past the point of being able to do anything independently due to her high fall risk (pretty much daily)....
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Here is a Blob that talks about "Assisted Living vs. Nursing Homes: What’s the Difference?":

This website discusses the four categories of residential care communities and has a Table that compares them on the website.
Residential Care Comparison Table
1) Independent Living / Senior Living – homes within a complex that offers transportation, security and recreational activities, but no health care services.
2) Assisted Living – residences provide help with activities of daily living including basic health services, recreational and social activities but not skilled nursing care.
3) Skilled Nursing Homes – residences with 24/7 care by licensed health professionals including all housekeeping, medical and social needs.
4) Continuing Care Retirement Communities – residences that provide a continuum of care from independent living to assisted living to skilled nursing. These are designed to enable seniors with progressively declining health to remain in a single residential location or give healthy seniors the peace of mind that all their future needs are covered.
Assisted Living provides housing, food service, personalized assistance and support, some limited health care services like assistance or reminders with medications, and a relatively high level of independence for individuals who prefer not to live alone, or for safety reasons should not live alone and is regulated by the Individual States.
A skilled nursing facility can provide a variety levels of care:
Skilled Rehab with physical, occupational and speech therapy that is partially paid by Medicare for maximum of 100 days (qualification required: a 3 over-night hospital stay).
Nursing Home with short or long-tem care with around-the-clock nursing care;
in-house rehabilitation services either by a Rehab Nurse/Aide or PT/OT (if doctor orders to help maintain or improve resident ability to perform ADLS), Hospice Care, Memory Care Units/Services,  Adult Day Care and Respite Care;
Costs Paid via Private Pay or Medicaid (not Medicare);
has a Medical Director that reviews of the medical care at the nursing home as per federal regulations;
Nursing staff, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, medication aides, and nursing assistants, are available 24-hours a day.

If you GOOGLE "assisted living VS nursing homes", I think that you will find lots of information about their differences. 

The Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare- and Medicaid- certified nursing home in the country. The information does not tell you all that you need to know but you can find out whether the nursing home had some problems that were severe enough to warrant a warning by the state and federal government.  FYI: just because a facility has received a "5-Star Rating", does not mean that the care truly is "5-Star".

Hope that this information helps you.
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Thank you for the prompt response. I need to look into the difference between nursing home and assisted living. They also use the term skilled nursing so I’m not sure which facility is best. But it is becoming apparent that she needs a higher level of care as she is more dependent on all daily living functions.
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I would say a Nursing Home. Because she is a fall risk, she will probably be put in a wheelchair. They gave my Mom a really nice geri chair. It was made like a beach chair with those plastic strips. The bottom slanted down a little towards the back so it made it hard to get out of the chair. It was padded so if she fell asleep, the side pieces would keep her head up. It also reclined. It was easy for her to push herself around using her feet. She was given PT to keep her muscles from atrophying.
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