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  How To Know When It's Time For Assisted Living
   
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Benefits of Using a Placement Service for Assisted Living

You do not have to make this life changing decision alone. There is generally no charge to families for the services provided by a placement service. Please take advantage of the services offered by our sponsors.

 

Assisted living is an exciting option for seniors who need some help with activities of daily living yet want to retain as much independence and privacy as possible.

Meals, laundry and housekeep are standard as are a variety of activities and outings.

Assisted living facilities are licensed and regulated by individual states, which explains why there can be differences in terminolgy and services in different areas of the country.

Certainly, you can research the senior assisted living facilities nearby and select the best one for your parent. But should you do it on your own?

There is so much to learn, and it's important that you make an informed decision. There might be a better alternative.

Referral services in your area are already familiar with the senior housing and elder care options in your area. They understand the selecting the best accommodations for a loved one is a complex and personal choice. They provide one-on-one guidance during this difficult process.

They are knowledgeable about the different types of senior assisting living facilities available: Alzheimer's care, nursing homes, respite care, retirement communities, residential care homes, home care and hospice care.

The referral services can offer counseling and assessment to help determine the appropriate level of care for your loved one.

They know which facilities specialize in Parkinson's, Cancer, Diabetes, Dementia, Alzheimer's, Heart Disease and Stroke. They know which facilities will offer respite, or short term placements.

They are familiar with the pricing structure for senior living options. Their knowledge of payment methods: Medicare, Medicaid and veteran's benefits could make a real difference. There is generally no charge to families for the services provided by a placement service. They are compensated by the facilities that utilize their services.

You do not have to make this life changing decision alone. Please take advantage of the services offered by our sponsors.

 

Learn as much as you can about all the senior housing options that are available in your area. Everything you read and each facility you visit will help you to get closer to determining your own need. There are adult family homes, retirement communities, board and care homes, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and other options. With all these options, and maybe because there are so many choices, it can be overwhelming. There's nothing wrong with getting help.

A few of the services offered by assisted living placement services are:
1) Determining if Assisted Living is Right for You
2) Determining the level of care needed
3) Locating the home or facility best suited to your needs
4) Helping you to negotiate the lowest possible price for you and your family
5) Helping you with finanacial planning so that your resources can be used wisely to cover the costs involved
6) Ensuring that the facility you choose is able to handle any special needs that you may have.

There are a number of placement agencies that will be more than happy to help you sort through the maze and make the best choice for your loved one. This is their field of expertise and they are happy to share the knowledge they've gathered with you. A few of our favorites are A Place For Mom, Elderlink, and Assisted Living. In Southern California and Southern Arizona, one of our favorites is Assisted Living Placements. Most referral agencies (also called placement agencies) will provide their services free of charge.