Are you struggling to find a senior living facility for a family member? Families often find themselves scrambling to choose a facility that can accept their loved one when the need arises. Despite the fact that roughly one million people live in senior care facilities, most of us do not plan ahead for late-life needs like senior housing.
Looking for an answer, families begin their search through online provider directories but many turn to senior living locator services for assistance. Unfortunately, not all senior living placement companies are created equal.
To guide you in choosing a qualified senior living locator service, we recommend you ask these 3 crucial questions of service providers:
1.What Are Your Qualifications?
A recommendation is only as good as its source. The person you trust to guide you in choosing a facility should have an in-depth, working knowledge of geriatric care services and experience within the field.
Senior living advisors with a medical background offer the best source for referrals. These individuals have the ability to evaluate facilities not only on their outward appearance, but also the medical care they provide. These types of details often go unnoticed by the untrained eye. That why all Care Assist Solutions advisors are registered nurses with geriatric care experience.
2. Are You Local?
If your advisor is in San Francisco, what’s the chance they’ve visited the retirement home they recommend to you in Frisco? Local advisors have the ability to visit the facilities they recommend on a regular basis to ensure they’re offering the care needed by their residents.
A senior living locator based in Dallas knows the little things that make all the difference. They know Highland Park residents usually don’t want to drive north of 635 and also which facilities are near construction or rush hour congestion.
Most people would never consider hiring a realtor from out of state. Using a facility referral service that isn’t local is like hiring an out of town realtor for your senior.
3. How Are You Getting Paid?
Knowing how the service you’re working with gets paid helps you understand their motivation. Most senior living referral services are paid in one of two ways. They are either paid by the facilities or by the senior.
Services that advertise “free” locator services are paid a finder’s fee by the communities where they bring new patients. Naturally, these companies tend to favor the facilities that have agreed to pay a referral fee.
Unfortunately for you and your senior, this can keep you from discovering all options available in your area. Senior living locator services that charge their clients a fee, like the service we offer, have no financial bias towards specific facilities. Ensuring the senior and their family find the best facility for their needs is essential to being a successful client-funded locator service.
If your family is having difficulty finding a senior living facility in Dallas, or the north DFW suburbs, we are here for you. Care Assist Solutions prides itself on recommending facilities that have a reputation for providing exceptional care. A registered nurse will work with you to identify facilities that meet all the needs of your family. Give us a call at (214)766-3844 or email us to learn more.