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Published September 19, 2011, 10:12 PM

New Minnesota law may affect assisted living placement

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A new Minnesota law is changing the way people are placed in assisted living facilities.

A new Minnesota law is changing the way people are placed in assisted living facilities. Before, people could simply pick out a place they wanted to live. Now, there's an extra step to the process which will make the road to finding a new home even longer.

Eleanor Fick moved into River Pointe Senior Living Community in Moorhead just a few weeks ago, bringing her keyboard and pictures along with her.

Eleanor Fick – River Pointe President: "Quite a transition, to just move everything that I've collected."

It's a big move.. and it takes a lot of work. Adding to that workload is a new Minnesota law that says people moving into assisted living facilities have to complete counseling with the county first, making sure they're mentally ready for the new life.

Chad Boeddeker – River Pointe Marketing Director: "Going to make the process more complicated."

Chad Boeddeker, the Marketing Director at Moorhead's River Pointe Senior Living Community says after counseling, the county will pass on a reference number to the assisted living home... saying seniors completed the session.

Chad Boeddeker: "This is something that is really going to make the process harder to convince a new prospective resident, 55 and older, that this is going to be a good thing."

Lucky for Eleanor, she didn't have to spend the extra time in counseling.

Eleanor Fick: "It would be another thing to do, but I guess I would do it if it was mandatory."

And she says she's just fine without it.

Eleanor Fick: "I can take changes, it isn't that. If you can get something better than I had, you can't fight that either."

But it's still slow-going getting rid of her things and getting used to her new place. The new law starts up on October first.