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

Hmmm. My grandmother was in a nursing home/assisted living facility in West Texas for about 6-7 years. Hated it. Refused to eat in the dining hall. Ate every meal in her room. She was lucky that her friends did not abandon her and that her granddaughter came to see her often and took her shopping and out to eat and hosted dinner parties for her and her friends. She still hated it and I couldn't blame her; that's why I tried hard to provide diversions. Those Baptists were spartan providers in the amenities department.
Oh, and it cost $3000+/mo. She died in 1991, so $3000 for what you've described in 2008 sounds like a bargain.

A friend of my late mother's (and now a close friend of mine) is now in assisted living in the same West Texas town, but her place is new and fresh and really quite appealing. She hates it, but knows it's where she, at 83, belongs. She hates the food. It is boring and repetitive and she's sometimes so frustrated she cries, which is really unusual for her.

I know they are necessary, but having seen them up close and personal, I certainly see why people fight going to them. We haven't discussed what we'll do in later years. ChiliSpouse's parents bought into a John Knox Village where they live in a small 1-story condo. The facility also has detached homes, hospital care, assisted living and nursing home care. Once they've bought in they can never be kicked out even if they run out of money. Except for the location, this seems like a viable option.
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