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At the beginning of your life, your parents take care of you, but when you reach middle age, the tables turn, and you need to take care of your parents. That can involve helping your parents to find an assisted living facility or a nursing home. To quickly explain, assisted living is independent living with a bit of extra help such as a group lunch room or an emergency alert system in each apartment. A nursing home, in contrast, provides comprehensive care for patients with a wide range of issues from dementia to arthritis. This blog is designed to help you make those tough decisions. It's also going to include posts on home health care, staying in touch with relatives in nursing homes, and more. I wish you the best through this sometimes difficult part of the journey with your parents.

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How College Students Can Pick The Right Assisted Living Facility For Their Parents

College students can be put in a strange position where they are adults but still have a lot of questions about how to become adults. You might be in a position where your parents are sick or need assistance, but you may have no experience finding an assisted living facility. 

Are you a college student who is trying to figure out how to navigate finding an assisted living facility for one or both of your parents? This is what you need to know.

Talk to Your Parents, If Possible

The first thing you should do is speak with your parents about their wishes. You may find that they already have a preference for the assisted living facility they want to stay in. Additionally, you might start talking to your parents about their options if you suspect that a home may be in their near future.

Now is also a good time to talk to your parents about your plans. You may not be able to visit as often during the school year, and it is important that you talk to your parents and the facility providers about your abilities while you are attending school.

Ask for Recommendations

One of the best ways to find a good assisted living facility is to ask other people who have been in your position for advice. While your peers may not have had to make this choice before, it's possible that you have other family members who can help.

You might also speak with a therapist or counselor on campus who can connect you with resources that allow you to speak with somebody in this field. These resources will allow you to reach out to those who might actually be helpful, even if your problems are not necessarily related to academics.

Tour Assisted Living Facilities

You may also find it helpful to tour different locations and determine what kind of facility you think your parents would like most. Speaking with an admissions worker at the facility will also be helpful, and you can explain your situation as a student.

Assisted Living Facilities Are There to Help

When you have questions, professionals have answers. No matter your age or experience level, it is reassuring to have assistance. If you are uncertain about how to find an assisted living facility for your loved one, it is a good idea to speak to a professional who can provide advice about a specific placement.

Contact a local assisted living facility to learn more.