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How to choose an assisted living facility

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If you're still unsure what type of facility is best for you, or your family lives out of state and is unable to assist, a geriatric care manager, or GCM, can offer guidance.

Charging anywhere from $100 to $200 an hour, GCMs meet with clients to get to know their personalities and preferences. From there, they develop a short list of candidate properties and visit the facilities on their clients' behalf.

They also act as the clients' advocate after they settle in, working with facility administrators to adjust their schedule as needed.

Most are licensed social workers, psychologists or former nurses from geriatric specialties.

"We know the facilities in our communities inside and out, and we know the staff, so we can really provide a personal perspective," says Modigliani, who emphasizes that GCMs certified by the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers do not accept placement fees from the facilities.

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