Mom is slowly but steadily going downhill mentally. Physically (with her family history) she could live another five years. My sister and I have her in a very good ($$) assisted-living home, with a private-duty nurse ($$$). The money won't last forever, and I'm also guessing that within six months to a year, she'll be in too bad shape for assisted-living. So as much as we hate the thought, we have to plan ahead for a nursing home. I left a message with a local geriatric caseworker. I know these things differ from Britain and the US, and even state to state, within the US. But do any of you have any tips for me? Warnings? Things to ask? Input? Thanks . . .