Providing your loved ones with the quality of life and care they deserve is a daunting task. When you decide that a care community is your best option, a decision that is a large task by itself, finding the ideal community can be overwhelming.
You have to sift through the many different levels of care out there in the various settings to find the one that best fits your loved one's specific need right now. Plus as needs change, you will want services to change. Sorting all of this out on your own can be almost impossible.
The good news is, there are professionals within the senior care industry who know how to help. They know the local market and have relationships with multiple care communities. By evaluating your families needs, an experienced professional can help you determine the right community for your loved one, their care needs now and in the future.
These professionals provide their services at no charge to families.
FAQs About Senior Placement Agents
What do Senior Placement Agents Do?
A senior placement agent works directly with seniors and their families to evaluate specific needs to determine the best community care to fit the seniors and their resources.
They will review medical needs, financial resources, the family location, and any cultural or religious needs. The agent will review all 4 of these to help determine the best type of facility. They have a database of local facilities and services to help them what best fits your needs. Then you go visit the find the one you like the best.
The agent also helps coordinate the funding resources you may have to help you formulate a plan to pay for care. Then they help you organize your move.
How do Placement Agents Get Paid
Many placement agents do not charge for their services, so you don't pay. But it is important to remember that many of the communities have contracts with these agents and will pay them a fee for referring a new resident to their community.
A good placement agent will refer you to a community that is best for you, even one that may not pay them a fee. But it is important to be aware of this practice and ask a few questions to make sure you are comfortable.
Where do I Find a Placement Agent.
For those with access and knowledge of the internet, you could do a simple search of the internet. But, the best way will be as a referral from someone you know and trust. Check with your doctors, the caseworkers at the hospitals and rehab centers.
You want to find one that knows the area and has the experience, especially if you don't have the luxury of time and need to move quickly.
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