There are many aspects to long-term care planning that you want to consider in New York, but one of the most important things that you can do is to find the perfect nursing home. If you do this in advance, you ensure that you live somewhere that you feel safe and comfortable, rather than hoping that your children find a good place if you are unable to do so later on in life.

One key factor to consider is where the nursing home is located. If you want to be close to family, it may be worth it to sacrifice a few other options — like extra entertainment or larger rooms — in order to be near to where your family lives. Start with the geographical location and then branch out from there.

Another important thing to look at is the reputation that the nursing home has built up. Look for complaints. Read reviews. Talk to family members of people who have lived there. If a nursing home provides above-average care, word is going to get out — and the same is true if it provides poor care.

Finally, be sure to look into the financial side of things. Find out exactly what it costs per month and what that gets you. Is food included? Do they have different packages if you want to cook for yourself? Are there discounts if you are a veteran? Make sure you read the fine print so you get a home you can really afford for as long as you need it.

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