We all age differently and depending on your circumstances, you may find that home care simply doesn’t allow you to live the quality of life that you want in your senior years. The good news is that there are likely dozens of assisted living communities in your area, but how do you go about choosing the right one?
While you could spend hours researching, making phone calls, and writing emails, the better option is to consult with a senior placement agency. These agencies will work with you and your loved ones to not only determine what type of care you need, they also work to find availability facilities and communities in your area.
Keep reading to learn more about senior placement agencies, including things to consider before choosing an agency to work with.
How These Agencies Work
The biggest benefit of working with a senior placement agency is that they do all of the research and coordination for you. When working with a placement agency, they will sit down with you and your loved ones and get important information such as your financial status, medical needs, religious needs, and your location. With this information the coordinator will have a good idea of what living situation is ideal for you.
Once the coordinator has found availability at an assisted living community, they will set up a tour so that you can see the facility in person and ask questions. After going on a few tours, you can compare options and pick the best one.
The senior placement agency coordinator will then work with your insurance company to determine what’s covered and what isn’t. This way you can ensure the facility you choose is feasible with your financial situation.
Last, coordinators will often also help with organizing your move into an assisted living facility. This is a huge undertaking and often requires not just physical help, but emotional support as well.
Considerations When Choosing a Senior Placement Agency
You don’t want to choose an assisted living community on a whim just as you don’t want to choose the first senior placement agency that you come across. Take the time to do your research to ensure that you choose a reputable agency with a solid track record.
Some of the factors to consider include:
- Familiarity with the area
- Knowledge of Medicare/Medicaid
- Language barriers
- Years in service
One of the best ways to find a trusted senior placement agency is to ask friends and family members. Referrals from people you can trust make the search a lot easier. If you don’t have many people to ask for a referral, look online to find reviews from current and past residents. The more positive reviews, the better!
Using a senior placement agency makes it much easier to transition into the next phase of life. No matter what type of assisted living home you’re looking for, a quality agency will definitely make the search much easier.