What is a Senior Locator?
Senior locators assists families who are considering options for 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 hundredsóif not thousandsóof 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.
What services do senior housing and care locators offer? Locator services cooperate closely with a wide variety of senior living facilities and care providers.
Typically, these include:
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.
they make phone calls, evaluate the facilitiesí 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:
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 facilitiesí abilities to meet the clientís medical needs,
and determine whether the facilities are financially in reach.
There may be more than one meeting required, and the client may have to travel to the organizationís 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
The benefits of using a senior housing or care locator service:
There are approximately 1,200 senior living communities in Texas
alone. Of those, it can be difficult to determine which ones provide
the appropriate medical care needed, fit within the right budget, fall
within the residentís geographic preferences, and offer the right
amenities and services for a good quality of life.
Senior housing and care locator services can be enormously helpful in sorting through the options. This is especially true for clients who are dealing with medical issues and donít have the energy needed to tackle the immense amounts of research needed on their own, or caregivers who are under a number of demands. Using one can be enormously beneficial to both potential residents and their caregivers.
Do locator services charge a fee?
Some senior care and housing locator services do charge a fee, usually on an hourly basis. Many donít charge the clients, however; they are paid through the residential facilities or care providers directly.
The purpose of the housing and care locators is to help seniors (and family members) transition from their homes to the community thatís 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.
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