I spent a better part of my Sunday driving around to Assisted Living facilities. It took all day, but I only saw 3 of them. One I hated, the other two I loved. My sister (loco) was under the impression that one of these (the one I loved!) accepted medicare/medicaid and my mother's SS check along with a $500 monthly payment from her family. When I was there they said it was a private facility, meaning they do not accept any assistance through M/M or SS. They did comment that there may be other ways of meeting the monthly costs, such as VA benefits, applying for financial aid, etc., but mostly they suggested we look at state funded places - blech. If anyone has any experiences whatsoever and can offer any insight whatsoever about the ins and outs of seeking an assisted living facility for my mom (85) who is hardly able to care for herself and is beginning the early stages of dementia. Time is of the essence! We're in the process of securing her an appointment with a gerontician who can evaluate her and give a definitive diagnosis of Alzheimers or not, adjust or eliminate some of her medications, etc. She currently messes herself, refuses or forgets to take her medications, hardly bathes, won't make herself food even it it's just to put it in the micro. My sister who lives near her goes over every day to check on her. We have state aids coming 3 days a week for light housekeeping, helping her bathe. She also gets meals on wheels: 1 meal 5 days a week. Both the doctors and us all think that getting her medications straightened out will solve about 75% of the issues she's having. After the medications are straightened out, then we can see if she does or does not have dementia. We think she does, though we believe she would only be in the earliest stage if her medications weren't all messed up. I've tapped into state resources and information pages, I've printed out lists of assisted living places and visited the 3 places. I just need to know if there are any financial resources out there that I am not aware of. Anyone?? Thanks!