Experts help find the right place for seniors to live
When it’s time for your older adult to move out of their home, the available senior housing options can be overwhelming. You might not even know where to start to find a place that fits your senior’s budget, care needs, and lifestyle preferences.
Fortunately, there are experts who can help — at no cost to you! They can be called senior housing experts, placement specialists, referral agents, consultants, or something similar — too many names for the same job!
We recently talked with experts Kaye Sharbrough and Susan Thaxton from Senior Seasons, a senior housing referral agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. They explained how housing specialists help seniors find the right living situation.
How senior housing experts help
Senior housing specialists are similar to real estate agents, but they specialize in helping seniors find the right place to live.
These experts know the local area, the different types of senior housing options, and the inside scoop on what each place is really like.
Each specialist takes many factors into account for each individual situation:
- Payment options – private pay, long-term care insurance, VA Aid & Attendance, etc.
- Care needs
- Distance from family
The housing specialist helps you narrow the options to places that are likely to be a good fit for your senior. Then they’ll take you and/or your senior to visit, depending on what works best for your situation.
These specialists know how to find out if facilities have violations that were reported to the State Board and can advise you about quality and safety.
How do senior housing specialists get paid?
Much like real estate agents, you don’t pay a senior housing expert out of your pocket. They get paid a commission by the housing facility that your senior chooses to live in.
Get expert help in emergency situations
You might especially appreciate a senior housing specialist when you’re in an emergency and need to find housing for your older adult NOW.
Your senior could be getting discharged from a hospital or skilled nursing facility and can’t safely return home. Or they could start needing 24/7 care, but hiring round-the-clock in-home help will be financially impossible.
In these situations, it helps to work with an expert who is familiar with all the options, knows the system, has connections in the industry, and can make things happen fast.
Finding the right place that will take excellent care of your senior is a difficult process. It’s even harder if you don’t know which senior facility rating systems to trust or have time to research each place to see if they have state violations for health or safety problems.
A senior housing expert can steer you to a local place with a reputation for great care and that will meet your senior’s specific needs.
Coming Soon How to find a senior placement specialist you can trust
Senior Seasons is a no-cost referral service that educates and guides seniors and their families in their search for the ideal senior community. Customized referrals; the most comprehensive senior housing database in California; and direct, personal experience distinguish Senior Seasons from other services.
By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Image: Senior Solutions Management Group
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