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2/27/2013Home Care News

Senior Specialties - Online: Senior Placement / Housing

   Moderated by Judy BernsteinAdvantage Plus Caregivers

Residential Placement Advisor

When the time comes to explore assisted living options, a senior residential placement advisor can serve as an invaluable resource for your loved one and your family during this transition.

They provide the best placement options for seniors including assisted living and Independent living communities, residential Board and Care Homes, and Dementia/Alzheimer’s communities. This is usually offered as a free referral service.

The role of a Senior Residential Placement Advisor is to help match older adults with the best assisted living community suitable for their individual needs and desires.

After gathering a personal health and social history only the most suitable choices will be provided. This saves the family time, energy, frustration and money.

Residential Placement Advisors evaluate all assisted living communities. They understand the licensing process and are able to identify the communities that best follow the rules and regulations required by the state. A Residential Placement Advisor will work with you and your loved one with kindness, integrity, dignity and confidentiality.

Frequently Asked Questions?

1. When is it the "right” time to consider Assisted Living Facility for your loved one?

Ask yourself the following question to help you determine if it is time to consider an assisted living facility.

  • Is your loved one able to do light housekeeping chores safely?
  • Is your loved one able to prepare his or her own meals on a daily basis throughout the day?
  • Is your loved one able to care for his or her own personal hygiene needs?
  • Can your loved one remember if they took their medication properly or remember when they took their medication last?
  • Can your loved one move about his or her own home safely?
  • In an emergency would your loved one be capable of handling an emergency?

2. What is senior placement?

Placement is a general term used for helping a senior or the family of a senior arrange for either a residential care facility (assisted living) or an independent senior facility. It usually involves an initial meeting where the Senior Placement Advisor asks a series of questions about the client’s care needs, health, personality, history, and finances. This information is used to locate the best possible accommodations for the client and then make a referral to those facilities. This is done free of charge to the family.

3. Why should I call a senior placement agency first?

When a senior loved one is in need of residential care it is often hard to know where to turn for help. A senior placement agency has already built relationships with many or all of the residential care facilities in the area which makes getting started quicker and easier. Your Senior Placement Advisor will generally know where there are vacancies and which facilities will fit the client’s care needs, personality and budget. It also gives you the peace of mind in knowing that a trusted professional is working for you.

4. Who pays for senior placement and referral services?

Community Care Options is paid by its partner facilities. When a placement is made and the client moves in we are paid a contract fee by each facility. You will never be billed for our services because our services are always free to the senior and the family.

5. Who pays for residential care facilities?

In the State of California 99% of assisted living communities are considered "private pay”, which means it is paid for by the client. Medicare & MediCal do not cover the cost of residential care (aka - assisted living).

6. How is an assisted living community different than a nursing home?

There is much confusion in the public mind over assisted living facilities and nursing homes. While they do provide similar services they are different. Nursing homes, referred to as skilled nursing facilities in the professional community are an extension of hospitals in that people usually end up there after a hospital stay. Often an individual is admitted when time is needed for recovery from surgery, illness OR physical rehabilitation is necessary. Skilled nursing facilities are regulated by the Department of Health and can be covered under Medicare and MediCal . Other names for skilled nursing facilities are convalescent hospital, extended care unit, nursing home, and post-acute rehabilitation center. Assisted living communities, also known as residential care facilities, provide assistance with the activities of daily living. These facilities will manage an individual’s medication and give assistance with personal care. The environment is more home-like without the clinical feel of skilled nursing facilities. These facilities can range in size from 6 beds to over 200 beds and are usually paid for privately.

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