What is a Senior Housing Locator?
Senior housing locators assist families and seniors who are considering options such as 55+ communities, assisted living, independent living, nursing home care, and memory care – primarily. They can also assist with home care options, such as home health and non medical in-home care, as well.
Depending on where you live, there are most likely hundreds—if not thousands—of options for senior housing and care. Sorting through all the possibilities, determining the level of medical care you or your loved one needs, and figuring out costs can all be daunting tasks.
Fortunately, there are senior housing and care locator services that can guide you through the process. Locator services cooperate closely with a wide variety of senior living facilities and care providers.
Services typically include working with:
- Independent living facilities
- Assisted living facilities
- Nursing homes
- Memory care facilities, including Alzheimer’s and dementia care
- Continuing care retirement communities
- In-home care providers
- Respite services
- Personal care homes
- Hospice care providers
These services help residents narrow down their options by consulting with them to determine the level of medical care needed, personal living preferences, and financial status.
From there, they make phone calls, evaluate the facilities’ records and medical capabilities, and organize tours to help clients narrow down their list even further and ultimately choose the best facility for them.
How do senior locator services work?
Every company is different and will have a different process. However, typically, an employee will conduct an initial interview to determine the following factors:
- The client’s medical issues, concerns, and projected needs.
- The client’s social and quality-of-life preferences.
- A wish list of amenities and other property features.
- The client’s geographic preferences.
- The client’s financial status, assets, and budget.
From there, the company will communicate with their network of senior living facilities, home care organizations, and other connections to narrow down a list of choices. Their employees will assess the facilities’ abilities to meet the client’s medical needs, and determine whether the facilities are financially within reach. There may be more than one meeting required, and the client may have to travel to the organization’s office; some organizations will also do in-home visits and phone calls.
After this initial evaluative period, the client will have the opportunity to tour the facilities that have been chosen as the best fit. Once the client chooses a community, the senior care locator will give it a final evaluation to ensure that it has the capability to provide the medical services required.
Do they charge a fee?
Some senior care and housing locator services do charge a fee, usually on an hourly basis. Many don’t charge the clients. However; they are paid through the residential facilities or care providers directly. So it’s important to ask.
The purpose of locators is to help seniors (and family members) transition from their homes to the community that’s right for them as seamlessly as possible; find the best option available for hospice or in-home care, and understand the differences between the many types of care available. If you are struggling to sort through residency and care options for yourself or a loved one, using a senior housing or care locator service is an excellent option.
What is a Senior Care Advisor?
Senior Advisors help families narrow their focus to the right level of care and the communities or home care agencies that meet the senior’s personal criteria. Another advantage of working with a senior care advisor is having access to insider knowledge of the senior care market. They can guide you through the process of finding the best housing or care option for your loved one, based on their personal needs, and budget.
An experienced senior care advisor can save you time and money. They help families narrow their focus to the right level of care and the communities or home care agencies that meet the senior’s personal criteria. Another advantage of working with a senior care advisor is having access to insider knowledge of the senior care market.
A senior care advisor is someone who guides individuals and their families through the process of finding the best housing or care option based on their personal needs, and budget, when they’re looking towards the next step.