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Wyoming senior citizens' quality of life improves after moving into assisted living...

That's despite common misconceptions families feel about loved ones being in such facilities

About 73 percent of families say a loved one's life improved after being placed in a care facility.

That's according to "A Place for Mom", the nation's largest referral service.

Other families feel uneasy because they're not sure what to do.

Angela Snidow, the health services coordinator at Garden Square Assisted Living, says the staff gives the best care possible.

"For the fact that it relieves a lot of stress off the family members and caretakers as well as the senior when they come to assisted living because they still have a huge amount of independence."

According to "A Place for Mom", most American families are uncertain of proper care for loved ones, and 85 percent delay decisions.

"You hear the terrible stories about people being forgotten about," says Snidow. "People that just spend their days in bed."

But Snidow assures a seniors' day is full of activity.

"They can do what they want, their own schedule, their own activities of choice, their own dietary. they can still do their own medications, if they want to, so they have that sense of independence which is really important."

Ashley Stewart, a certified nursing assistant, says they give the best care possible.

"They have buttons they can get ahold of us on and we're usually in there within five to ten minutes to answer the call of what they need. Sometimes we're checking on them every two hours."

"A lot of these places are actually pretty good. We do love people that come in and we take care of them."

Snidow also believes you should do research.

"The more information you get before you make a decision, the better. That way you can find out if it's right for you and your loved one."

"A Place for Mom" also states 60 percent of caregivers did see their quality of life improve from taking care of seniors.