When we embark on the challenge of finding the right assisted living facility, you can find yourself with too many options to be able to sort out the best possible option, after considering the most obvious requirements such as hygiene, the state of the building itself, the accessibility and the amenities they offer, there is still a heap of elements to consider, some you might not even be aware of if this is your first time dealing with this matter.
To help you navigate through this process, this article discusses a few reasons why working with a placement agency may be the best way to find a facility that gets you and your loved ones needs and expectations.
They know all the available facilities
You might feel tempted to just do a google maps search or browse the nearest facilities, but you are most certain that the results you are going to get are for the places that have invested more in publicity and that some of the smaller places just do not promote themselves as much, therefore, will not pop up first, this is where working with a placement agency can absolutely give you a heads up and suggest a few places that you might have missed during your online searches. Another aspect to consider is that even if you do take the time to build a long list of facilities to visit, you will invest
They can find you the best price to quality ratio rates and suggest payment options
Usually, the first option to pay for an assisted living facility is to pay for it with your own funds, but taking a percentage from your family income to pay for a facility for your loved ones may place some strain on your budget when facing this situation if you want to avoid a headache and massive bill, working with an agency can save you not only time when weeding out options that are not viable, but also can suggest payment alternatives and options that you may not have considered and or may not know about. In some cases, they can even negotiate rates and terms for you with the assisted living facility of your choice.
They help you avoid filling too many forms with personal information and keeping your data confidential
Maybe you don’t consider filling out forms a big deal, and yes, maybe it isn’t but do consider that you will be filling in these forms at all the facilities you apply to, which means your information will be more widely available and there is no guarantee that it will be treated with the confidentiality you would desire from an institution that deals with medical and sensitive information, on the lighter side of this, it just saves you time from repeating the process of filling the same forms over and over again at each one of the places you wish to get a quote for.
They already have all the information you need
When looking for a senior care facility or an assisted living facility the search will not only stop at looking at locations and payment options, there are a lot of other things to figure out such as filling out paperwork, making a full assessment of your loved one’s needs, available amenities and additional services that may be needed or requested, they can also provide referrals and organize the tour to the selected facilities, provide a follow-up and arrange external services such as attorneys, cleaning services, external and specialized medical visits, personal assistants specialized in senior care, and many more of these services that would take more time and effort finding by yourself.
Hopefully this article has given you a brief but clear view of why it is a good idea to work with experts that can help you select the best option available to you, these experts have done their research and developed a path for you that will cater to your needs and adjust to your requirements, a placement agency will save you a lot of time, money and headaches while going through the process of finding the best option for your senior family member.