How to Find the Right Senior Assisted Living, Dementia Care, Independent Living and Nursing Home in Your Area

How to Find the Right Senior Assisted Living, Dementia Care, Independent Living and Nursing Home in Your AreaPhoto by Georg Arthur Pflueger

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Does your senior loved one need to consider assisted living, dementia care, independent living, hospice care, or a nursing home? As a Certified Senior Advisor CSA and Certified Dementia Practitioner CDP my first advice for you is to not give any internet site your personal contact information. It’s best to contact a local expert senior advisor to help guide you. Why? Many of the internet companies only exist to collect and sell your information. Even if your plans change, unsolicited phone calls will keep just coming both day and night. And these sometimes less than ethical internet companies may sell your information to other companies if they don’t get your business, thereby keeping the non-stop phone calls coming for only God knows how long.

How Does a Senior Advisor & Dementia Practitioner Help?

As a longtime Senior Advisor in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, I understand how a qualified and experienced senior advisor can help your family through a stressful and emotional time and a veritable maze of senior living options. So my aim here is to help you find a reputable, helpful senior advisor to help you place your beloved family and friends as quickly, easily, and cost effectively as possible.

Why Do Senior Advisors & Dementia Care Practitioners Know More

Let me first give you some background on my experience, so you understand the information you need to know. I chose to become a Certified Senior Advisor and Certified Dementia Practitioner after I had to place both of my parents into local senior homes. Trust me; I know what it’s like. My 91 year old Marine, World War II veteran father passed recently, after suffering for 10 years and struggling with dementia the entire way. After taking his walker up onto Rt 22, our local busy highway during rush hour one morning, I was forced to move my Dad into a locked down dementia facility. My wife and daughters and I visited him 5-6 days a week, spending countless hours with him over the next 5 years he lived there. Therein lies the silver lining, which is that my family and I learned the beautifully strong lesson of unconditional love, and I became an expert on senior and assisted living, dementia, and providing the best care for someone with that irreversible condition.

I explored and learned the details about every senior home in my local region which is the Lehigh Valley, but most people do not know how to even begin to do this, let alone have the time to do so. As an experienced senior advisor, I learned all the various facilities costs; as well which ones have a reputation for solid professional care, great food, exciting activities, and which ones do not. The key point here is that a good Senior Advisor will work closely with families who do not have this important knowledge and may not know how to obtain the right information. Good senior advisors meet with families in person, set up and accompany them on facilities tours, join the negotiating meeting with the senior home directors, and get them the best priced deal. And the best part about these assisted living advisor community services is they are always 100% free.

In discussions with you and your family, your Senior Advisor will need to know a few things:

1) Which part of your region is your focus location: your advisor can find a senior home closest to the family and friends who will be visiting your relative. The goal is to bring your entire family together and on the same page, though sometimes it can be challenging.

2) What are the immediate care needs and what might they be 2 years, 5 years, or even 10 years down the road. A good advisor’s responsibility is to present you with all possible scenarios. Your advisor should really know a lot about honor, respect, and integrity.

3) Knowing your personal financial details is not your advisor’s concern, but he or she should know what all the homes cost, their sometimes “tricky” pricing models, and how to recommend a few options that should fit your budget. Your advisor’s mission is to stretch your money out as long as possible while finding the best care possible.

Preparing for your family meeting is often a time of stress and confusion and even sleepless nights. But the good news is that after meeting with a knowledgeable professional advisor and learning about all your options, the weight of that worry will be lifted from your shoulders. So hopefully this knowledge will help you to know what to expect and give you the knowledge you need to choose the right advisor.

Take the Next Step & Contact a CSA or CSP Professional Today

If you have any questions or need answers to any senior related placement questions, contact a Certified Senior Advisor CSA or a Certified Dementia Practitioner CDP in your area today. It really will make a huge improvement in quality of life for your whole family.

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