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GS - I've cared for relatives at home, in assisted living and nursing homes - I'll tell you that their longevity, physical and emotional condition - is all dependent on the individual and their condition. My mom is doing well in a nursing home but did not adjust well at all to assisted living. We thought she'd curl up and die in a nursing home but she's actually happier there. Of course, she always wishes she could go "home" but it's wishing for time with family, the ability to do things for herself that she misses.

My best advice is to take a good look at your elder/family member, consider their temperment, willingness to investigate new things or get acquainted and look around at all the options available in the community. Also think long and hard about whether you can, and how long you can, take care of them in your home. It was hard to realize that I can't take my mom "home"; her physical needs are too great and I can't lift her. I also need to work so that I'm not indigent at her age which means leaving her alone or hiring someone to stay with her.
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Search for the Journal for Clinical Epidemiology. I won't give you the website because it'll be deleted by one of the moderators as it's considered "advertising." But the Journal provides epi data on the risks the elderly face when moving from facility to facility. If there's anything else I can help you with, just holler.

-- ED
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