NAELA Members Can Help You Decide: Assisted Living Facility or Nursing Home?

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In addition to helping families understand the differences between these two long-term care options, NAELA members can help navigate the admissions agreement they’ll be required to sign.

As loved ones grow older and their daily needs change, many individuals are faced with the great debate: assisted living facility or nursing home? As the recent PBS Frontline story, "Life and Death in Assisted Living," demonstrated, making the right decision can be complicated. Among the important factors are the costs, possible need for supervision, medical conditions that require regular monitoring and medication, transportation, and meals.

Elder Law attorneys can help families make an informed choice, taking into account the elderly person’s needs and explaining the differences between an assisted living facility and nursing home.

“In addition to helping families understand the differences between these two long-term care options, NAELA members can help navigate the admissions agreement they’ll be required to sign. Objectionable language can be included as part of these lengthy agreements and it’s important to review them thoroughly,” said NAELA President Howard S. Krooks, CELA, CAP.

To receive a free NAELA brochure: “Questions and Answers When Looking for an Elder or Special Needs Law Attorney,” contact Communications Associate Abby Matienzo by email [amatienzo(at)naela(dot)org] or phone at 703-942-5711 #230.

Find an Elder and Special Needs Law attorney in your area using NAELA’s Member Directory.

About NAELA
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org.

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