Tips For Hiring Senior Living Care Advisors

Concerned family members or a spouse often are the first to bring up the subject of transitioning to a different living arrangement. Many seniors feel extremely attached to their current home, which has served them well throughout the years. Mobility issues can quickly make a familiar space extremely dangerous to navigate alone. Adult children often feel troubled that they are not physically able to check in with their parents as much as needed due to their work schedules. There are several senior living options available at various price points. Speaking with a professional is one way to understand the cost of available properties, health services, and cost. Here are a few tips for hiring senior living care advisors. 

Trying to go from facility to facility alone can lead to more questions than answers. Scheduling a consultation is one way to quickly have a list of the best locations to choose from that meet the senior's personal needs. Bring any properties that were found in personal research to their attention. The senior living care advisor can discuss the numerous ways to pay for the services that are needed.

Most families will use several resources to cover the expenses. Examples include Veterans Administration benefits, income from an annuity, Medicaid, bridge loan, cashing out a life insurance policy, or a reverse mortgage. It can take a bit of thought and discussion to figure out how the services will be paid for if cash funds are not on hand. Several options for paying for the services can be fully explored. After confirming how much can be spent and the level of care requested, expect to start touring properties. These tours may be done on-site via appointment only, depending on the property's current rules. 

Senior living care advisors do obtain their payments by referring clients to senior communities. However, the advisor only recommends properties that are a great fit for both the client and the suggested property. The senior living care advisor wants the client to move in and feel welcomed. Advisors often work with senior living properties associated with their employer, but it is standard practice for all facilities to pay a referral fee. The advisor does not receive any payments, until after the move-in is completed.  This flexibility in how the advisor is paid ensures that they suggest solutions that the best option. Use these tips when finding a living space and fully support the needs of a loved one. 

To learn more, reach out to a local senior living advisor.