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Selecting a Long Term Care Facility

September 10, 2013
An elderly gentleman settles into an assisted living facility.

As your parents age, and they come to require more medical attention, you'll confront difficult questions: Can you invite your parent to live with you? Is the medical condition so severe that you'll need the help of a full-time nurse? Are there reputable long term care facilities in your neighborhood?

To help you answer the last of these questions, the Department of Community Health offers GaMap2Care. Using Google Maps, you can locate personal care homes, nursing homes, assisted living communities, hospitals, and surgical centers within miles of your house. You can also read inspection reports of the facilities to make sure you've found a safe place for your parent. 

If you want general guidance on selecting a long term care facility, find out what each facility does, and check in with the Georgia Department of Law's Consumer Protection Unit. Their Consumer Ed website can help you understand a host of everyday issues, including how to select a nursing home.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is a content specialist for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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