How Do I Choose An Assisted Living Facility?

How Do I Choose An Assisted Living Facility?

Many people will have to answer this question, either for themselves or for a much beloved family member. This may be one of the most important and difficult matters any of us ever face. It is a choice that will have lasting, far reaching effects on the happiness, health and well-being of the person involved. Unfortunately, most people are not prepared or qualified to make this choice. After all, very few of us think about it before we are forced to do so. When the time comes, most people have little background knowledge and no idea of where to turn for trustworthy, knowledgeable advice. First, you should understand what the term “assisted living facility” (ALF) actually means. An assisted living facility is a form of senior housing that blends independent, private living space with some level of support service.  The level of support services offered may vary, but it generally includes housekeeping, meal prepara­tion, assistance with daily living functions and some level...
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Is A 55+ Community Right for You?

Is A 55+ Community Right for You?

The popularity of 55+ communities has grown dramatically over the past few years along with America’s senior population. If you are considering a move to one of the many forms of 55+ communities available, you should investigate carefully. This is a major senior lifestyle decision and must be made carefully. Perhaps the first thing you should consider is whether you really want to leave your current home. There may be persuasive reasons for wanting to stay home instead of relocating to any of the many senior living choices available. You may be ‘grandfathered’ into a favorable real estate tax rate, your family, friends and support system may be nearby and you might be very satisfied with the in-home care or home care assistance you now receive. Or, you might simply choose the home instead option because it is a familiar place, the place you have always called home. On the other hand, the opportunity to move may seem very attractive. The house in...
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Great News for Grace Manor of Port Orange, Florida Residents!

Great News for Grace Manor of Port Orange, Florida Residents!

The residents of Grace Manor Assisted Living Facility in Port Orange, Florida, can rest a lot easier tonight. The State of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has decided not to go ahead with the proposed suspension of the facility’s operating license. This will come as a great relief to the 50+ residents of the Assisted Living Facility, their families and loved ones. If the suspension order had remained in effect, all of the residents would have had to relocate by 5 PM on July 26. The AHCA is the division of the Florida government that is responsible for licensing and regulating assisted living facilities in the state. Because of an unfortunate series of events, the agency decided that their duty required it to issue an immediate moratorium on new admissions to the facility and to suspend its license to operate effective at 5 PM on July 26, 2016 (See Order here). However, upon further consideration, the suspension order...
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Finding Assisted Living Adds Mr. Brett Porter As FAL Associate

Finding Assisted Living Adds Mr. Brett Porter As FAL Associate

Finding Assisted Living (FAL) and FindingAssistedLiving.com is a network of professionals, businesses, facilities and services that share a common goal: to make senior life transition as easy, safe and satisfying as possible. Numerous professions and services may be needed by those who are making that journey. The unique thing about Finding Assisted Living and FindingAssistedLiving.com is that it strives to network all of these elements into one source dedicated to helping at this critical time of life. From medical, legal and estate planning to choosing the assisted living facility that is right for the new resident, Finding Assisted Living locates and vets the local service you require. FAL is pleased to announce its association with a unique and highly specialized financial and personal business professional. Mr. Brett Porter, E.A., has earned the highest credential granted by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States. The designation “E.A.” stands for Enrolled Agent, a status that qualifies him to represent individuals, small businesses and...
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Grace Manor of Port Orange back in the NEWS

Grace Manor of Port Orange back in the NEWS

There has been an update on the status of Grace Manor of Port Orange, please stay tuned as the article with all the facts and details will be coming soon! Finding Assisted Living is devoted to providing the best and most complete information available for those seeking assisted living options. It might be a senior apartment, a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living facility, but our mission is always to guide you to the type of personalized care that you or your loved ones need and deserve. ...
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Finding Assisted Living Adds Mr. Doug Doescher, Realtor® as a FAL Approved Vendor

Finding Assisted Living Adds Mr. Doug Doescher, Realtor® as a FAL Approved Vendor

Finding Assisted Living and FindingAssistedLiving.com is more than a simple organization or a mere website. It is a team, an assembly of vetted and knowledgeable individuals, businesses, professionals and facilities who share a common goal:  they will make the transition to an assisted living facility or other senior lifestyle as easy, safe and transparent as possible. Finding Assisted Living endeavors to do what is best for the individual who is making this journey. Many senior life transitions involve the sale or purchase of real estate.  With this in mind, Finding Assisted Living and FindingAssistedLiving.com are proud to announce the addition of Mr. Doug Doescher, a Realtor® and an associate of Coldwell Banker Coast Realty. Doug Doescher had seen a great deal of the world before settling in the Daytona Beach area, the “Fun Coast” of Florida, as he terms it. As an engineer on oil drilling platforms in distant places, he had observed the world, its people and cultures. Nowadays, Doug is...
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FAL Senior Transition Pro Team Welcomes Mr. John R. Dickinson, CPA.

FAL Senior Transition Pro Team Welcomes Mr. John R. Dickinson, CPA.

The FAL Senior Transition Pro Team is striving to make this July 4th an ‘Independence Day for Seniors’, for their families and for their loved ones. The Senior Transition Pro Team is dedicated to making every person’s transition to a senior lifestyle the best one possible, the right one for them! Americans now live longer than ever before, staying healthy and independent for many additional years. Still, a time comes when remaining “home instead” is no longer the best choice. Decisions made now will affect health and happiness for many years to come. If the house is simply too much to keep up but the senior is otherwise healthy, a 55+ community or senior apartment may be a wise choice. However, for many an assisted living facility, a skilled nursing facility or a nursing home may be necessary. The range of needs, requirements and options is wide and confusing. Few people are prepared or qualified to make these choices alone. That is...
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Estate Planning for Heirs with Special Needs

Helping Those Who Can’t Help Themselves We all know the cast of characters that make up our families can be as varied as the shells that wash up on the beach. Sometimes that cast includes persons with special needs; needs that prevent them from being able to take care of themselves; needs that prevent them from wisely managing significant sums of money. For such heirs, there are estate planning tools available to help them manage an inheritance without excluding them from the estate. The most severe special needs include those who rely on government services for their health and well-being, including social security-disability and Medicaid. For those beneficiaries, a significant inheritance could mean the end of government benefits. To avoid such a disastrous result it would be better to leave the inheritance to a special needs trust; a trust which exists solely to supplement their lifestyle, as the trustee sees fit, to fill in the gaps where other...
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Taking care of our Veterans

Finding Assisted Living and FindingAssistedLiving.com is also looking out for our veterans. We are proud to add Volusia County’s Veterans Services Division. Volusia County’s Veterans Services Division assists all former and present members of the Armed Forces and their dependents in preparing claims for compensation, hospitalization, vocational training and other benefits and privileges to which they are entitled under federal and state laws and county regulations. Through the efforts of the staff, more than $176 million is distributed to veterans and their dependents each year....
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