Truth is Assisted Living Locators has been around for over 10 years, and in general Senior Placement Agents have been around much longer than that; although Assisted Living Placement Agents are extremely few in numbers in New England. Using an Assisted Living Placement Agent is a very common practice in Florida, Arizona, and the warmer retirement states. Almost everyone in these areas uses a Senior Placement Agent like myself. New England Senior Communities are now growing at such a large rate a serious need for Senior Placement Agents has materialized. Assisted Living Locators now covers most of the New England territories.
It's Free? No Hidden Costs to the Client?
It's a free service, no hidden fees. Agents get a referral fee from the communities we place with; its standard practice and the fees are standard. Agents like myself are vital to keep communities thriving. As the amount of communities grows they count on agents, like myself, to bring potential residents to their door that may not have come to them otherwise.
Can you help me find funding to pay for a community?
There is no getting around it, a nice community can be a large expense. However, a Senior Advisor like myself knows how to find funding sources and programs to leverage. I can help you to uncover resources you may not have even known existed. If you need to sell your home I can set up the entire process. A good Senior Agent will have close relationships with experts and specialists who can provide great assistance in finding resources to aid in funding a community.
You can possibly save me Thousands? Really?
Assisted Living Locators Agents are involved with their Independent, Memory, and Assisted Living inventories every day. We are aware (on a daily basis) who is having specials or which community is working more aggressively to keep their apartments occupied and are willing to negotiate and make deals. In these cases, one could literally save thousands of dollars! If price point were an important factor, only an agent like myself could quickly identify where the largest savings can be made.
Another example: The benefit to using me as an agent is that I am unique in that I am a seasoned Occupational Therapist who can assess a client and address there unique needs. I may be able to train a client to use special adaptive equipment to aid in independent dressing, or (for example) provide a special medicine box designed for the memory impaired to aid in safe self-administration of meds. If safe bathing is the only concern I can bring in non-medical health care aides to assist with showering 2 or 3 days a week. If I can keep a client independent (for the most part) an Independent Living Community now becomes an option, which may be a cost savings of 40 to 60% compared to an Assisted Living option. As an occupational therapist, my prime goal is to maximize your independence in any place, no matter what community; this in itself can end up saving a lot of unnecessary expenses for you and your loved ones!
How do you identify a good fit and safe environment?
Assisted Living Locator Agents are trained to identify the safest communities. The specific territory agent individually vets any community that works with Assisted Living Locators. That means we know who might have safety or health violations and citations with the state. Depending on the severity of violations, we will know to steer clear of particular communities.
An Assisted Living Locators agent's goal is to tour each facility with you. Once we have vetted and researched communities that we deem are a good/safe fit for a clients unique needs an agent will generally choose only a few (usually 3) of the best options. By narrowing down options, we can avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed. This process aids in the education process by giving you an understanding how different communities operate, thus highlighting their similarities and differences. An agent is always at your side to answer questions, educate and advocate for you every step of the way.
You can help with moving in?
I try and provide a "one-stop-shop " process, which includes the move in process if needed. These specialists, who work closely with me, can help in the following areas:
Boxing up your belongings
Getting everything set up in your new communities
Setting up auctioneers who can help decide what is best to donate or give away
We can also set up transportation for you from a rehab facility straight to an Assisted Living Community. The top priority of these specialists is to ensure your transition into your community with your belongings is a smooth one!
Can you help me once I'm all moved in?
In the end our Senior Advisor will always be there for you. Our goal at Assisted Living Locators is to be your personal agent for life. Once moved in we check in on you after the first week, then follow up again a month later. We will be available whenever you pick up the phone and need our assistance.