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Subject: Assisted Living Date: 6/9/2008 1:54 PM
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WrenchBender57 mentioned it: . Especially if we run into unexpected medical expenses or one of us ends up in assisted living at some point

We have a small window treatment business, it's mostly my wife's but I help. She sent me to the Pacific Inn to quote on some skylight shades last Friday. Pacific Inn is an assisted living place in Torrance, CA. The assistance runs the gammut from almost none to nursing home care. The costs vary with what you need and what you want. One can have a private apartment, with kitchen, or share a room (I think. Maybe not sharing rooms.) They serve three good meals a day, I was working in the dining room, so I saw the food (lunch) being prepared, and I saw the chalkboard listing today's lunch, and it is better than we normally eat. Shoot, if we ate like that, our weight would shoot up even more than it has! They have a bus that goes to local markets and del Amo shopping mall regularly. There is also parking for the residents, so they can have their own wheels. They have a beautiful, well-tended atrium garden, and it is large. They have some kind of activity t least once a day. Not everyone likes bingo, but some do. THey have bridge, and whatever, and if a resident wants to organize an activity, they will make it happen.

When I mentioned it to my MIL as a potential place for us to lite, she reacted very strongly and very negatively. She immediately felt that I sas sugggesting that THEY move there, and she was adamantly opposed to the idea. (BTW, it's only about a mile from where they live now.) Her vision is that they both die in their current house. And that's that, End of discussion, don't even suggest assisted living. So I mentioned it to my wife, for us. Much the same reaction. I dunno. To me, a private apartment, three meals a day, no maintenance responsibiilites, complete freedom to traves, etc. sounds attractive. Wife's big point was that she wants her cats with her. I commented about the possibility that she dies, no one knows (She will be a recluse), and the cats eat her, and someone finds her three weeks after she dies. Didn't fase her.

My mother was also adamant about staying in her home to the day she died, which she did. Nevermind that she would have been more comfortable, eaten better (Have I mentioned my mother's cooking? Yeccch!), and she would have had a built-n social contact system. (She was hyper-grouchy some times, so maybe that wouldn't have worked well for her.)

So, I wondered what the feelings here at this board are about assisted living?

Oh, yes, it is an expensive facility. I recall asking about it a few years ago, and my recollection is over $3000 a month and I don't recall if that was for one person or two, but it was for an appartment and full dining room use.

cliff
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