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What is a Senior Housing Locator?

Senior locators assist 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 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.

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:

  • 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 in 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 locator services 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.

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.

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