Finding the best old folks home for your folks

In a recent post, I interviewed Pamala Temple, co-founder of A Place for Mom, a service designed to search for the best living quarters for elderly people.

Ms. Temple was such a wealth of information, I decided I'd have to two posts. If you and your parents have limited finances but are determined to find a good and possibly great nursing home, assisted living or some other venue, maybe the following advice will help. And, of course, you can always directly contact A Place for Mom, which does, yes, help out fathers, too. It's free, and they have a vast network of elder care advisers across the country.

Piece of advice #1: Pamala Temple says that there are four major government programs that everyone should be looking at to see if your parents are eligible for: Medicare, Medicaid, the PACE program and Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit Program.