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Old 10-02-2012, 09:13 AM
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Wondering if anyone can give some personal feedback on assisted living "success" stories in the Chicago area? I am particularly interested in older folks who are living in such places but still are sharp mentally.

Any personal stories about Montgomery Place?
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:53 AM
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I don't have any personal stories. I know some people with relatives or friends who live in Smith Village in Beverly and everything I hear about it is very positive. Both of these places are Continuing Care Retirement Communities which often don't admit people directly into assisted living or skilled nursing. You would have to check with them but they might only accept new people into their independent living section, after a physical exam from a doctor.
It's very hard to find out about assisted living facilities, so I sympathise. If you do find a CCRC that is a possibility, you could check on their skilled nursing facility here

Medicare Nursing Home Finder

It would give you some insight of the quality of the facility overall, and the quality of care your loved one would get should they need skilled nursing.
I did have a relative who lived in a very nice CCRC, not in Chicagoland. When he was in assisted living and even skilled nursing, there were many people still in good shape mentally, and as active as they could be. There were lots of programs and services available and it was not at all what you usually imagine for nursing homes, which would be awful places for those who still have their wits about them.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:01 AM
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Thanks for your input. It is so hard getting real critiques of these places. I do appreciate the basic Medicare evaluations, but they are not available for some places that are not CCRC/nursing homes. Even visiting can be less then helpful, because you really need an inside scoop and it is so hard finding a current "client" who is similar to abilities/needs as you are.

These places also cost a fortune.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:33 PM
Location: CHicago, United States
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Yes, assisted living facilities are expensive. But there are many in Chicago and its suburbs. Some luxurious, others not so.
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