It's a solid bet that every American will in some way face the questions surrounding assisted living. Whether it is for our parents or for our selves, the questions and issues surrounding this stage in life can be daunting.
For example, Google "assisted living." You'll find pages of choices. If you're lucky, those choices will be near you. What you may not find is help in understanding the pitfalls.
For that, may I direct you to this comprehensive piece by A.C. Thompson and Jonathan Jones written for ProPublica in coordination with PBS FrontLine.
It begins thusly:
"Joan Boice needed help. Lots of it. Her physician had tallied the damage: Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, pain from a compression fracture of the spine. For Joan, an 81-year-old former schoolteacher, simply getting from her couch to the bathroom required the aid of a walker or wheelchair."
And then it tells a cautionary tale with a lesson on assisted living. It is well worth your time.
PS: This is journalism at its best.