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Don't forget to look into HUD housing. I'm aware of retirement communities here that will put people in an efficiency apartment for HUD rates. HUD does not consider assets they say, but they pay a percentage of income for room and board. So you can live there on Social Security checks--no matter how small.

The one I know about is primarily independent living, but additional services are available for those who need it up to the assisted living level. Not sure about dementia patients.
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