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Doing a different kind of shopping

Stopped by 5 different nursing homes today, looking for a place for my grandmother. They ranged from "Where do you flush this place?" to 4-star hotel (for a mere $10,000 a month). Ended up selecting a place which lies exactly on my route home from work, costs a "mere" $165 a day, and looks fairly nice. It's got lots of garden areas, activity rooms and they provide free telephone and cable TV (something that costs an extra $75 a month where she is currently). Medicare will pay for up to 100 days, or until she reaches a plateau and stops improving, then it will cost about $5000 a month, which is a LOT cheaper than the $7000 a month she's been blowing at the place she was at. And I think they'll be able to provide better care for her.

I'm going to have to take time off from work to get her moved in, and then I will need to rent a U-haul to drag her stuff home from the old facility. They won't have room at the new place for her old bed, or the closet full of clothes, or the big screen TV, or the recliner, etc. I'm not sure how I'll manage to move those things, or where I'll put them here.

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