22 Apr What Is an Assisted Living Referral Service and How Can It Help You?
At Best for My Parents, we assist seniors and their family members in finding the best senior care options available to fit their unique needs and budget. This type of service is known as an assisted living referral service; you might also hear us referred to as senior housing advisors, assisted living locators, assisted living placement agencies, or placement management services. But whatever you choose to call it, it is our goal to ensure your senior family member is well cared for in the later years of their life.
If you’ve never worked with an assisted living referral service like Best for My Parents before, you might have some questions about what we do, how our business works, and how you can utilize this service. This article will give you some answers to these questions. However, if you still have some questions after reading it, we invite you to reach out and speak to one of our specialists.
What Do We Do?
The goal of any assisted living referral service is to help elderly individuals and those family members who care for them to find the best assisted living facility or care provider for their loved one. Choosing a care facility for a loved one is a surprisingly difficult and time-consuming task, requiring many hours of research into each facility, additional research into financing options for each one, and time spent visiting the facilities you are considering.
An assisted living referral service helps to reduce this burden by matching you with a handful of facilities that we believe meet your requirements. Much like online dating services, we take it upon ourselves to sift out the ones that we know aren’t what you’re looking for, so that you don’t have to waste any time or effort in finding the right place for your parent.
In addition to helping you find the right assisted living community, nursing home, or other care facility, we also help you with the transitioning process. We provide valuable information and support services to guide you through this transition, as well as helping you to find financial aid to assist with the costs of senior care. And, we provide all of these services at absolutely no cost to you.
What Are the Pros and Cons?
The benefits of using an assisted living referral service are many, but here are just a few to consider:
- Save time selecting the right facility
- Save money with discounted rates and help finding financial aid
- Feel confident that you’ve selected a facility that can meet your loved one’s needs
- Receive professional guidance through the transition process
- Get access to information and knowledge that you may not have had
- Receive unbiased information regarding the facilities you’re considering
- Receive all these services at no cost
There are really no major drawbacks to utilizing the kind of service that Best for My Parents provides. With other assisted living referral services, you may receive unsolicited calls from assisted living communities and other such facilities. While these are a part of the placement process for many of the companies that provide these services, we realize that these calls can be inconvenient at times.
That’s why, when you work with us, you don’t have to worry about those unwanted phone calls. You’ll only be contacted by Best for My Parents directly, or from a facility that you have given express permission to contact you. So, when working with us, there are really no drawbacks to using our assisted living referral service.
How Do We Make Money?
Many people hesitate to use an assisted living referral service because, to them, it sounds too good to be true. How can a business provide these kinds of services for free? Every business needs to make money, so there must be hidden costs somewhere, right?
In reality, businesses like Best for My Parents don’t make their profits from the seniors and family members they help; rather, we are paid by the assisted living facilities we refer you to. When you select a facility that we have introduced you to, that facility will pay us a referral fee. This allows us to make a profit for our business, while still being able to provide you with a free, valuable service.
How Do You Use Our Service?
Working with Best for My Parents is very easy. Simply fill out our assessment form (or merely provide your basic information at the top of the form), and we will get in touch with you. While we can provide a wealth of information and services to you, we do recommend that you have the following information for us so that we can best serve you:
- The general area in which you’d like your loved one to be placed
- Information regarding your loved one’s care needs and any physical or mental limitations
- Any essential requirements you have for a facility
- Your budget
With that information, we can help you to find the right facility for your loved one. Contact us today or fill out our assessment form here to get started.