Choosing Senior Placement Options
The Tipping Point — When you may need senior placement services.
There comes a time when seniors themselves or their family members question if it is safe to continue to live independently in their own home. One one hand, the concern may be all the maintenance and logistical issues of remaining completely independent. Alternatively, it may simply be too expensive to pay privately for the level of care required to safely care for a senior in their own private home. In these situations, Advocare’s Senior Placement Services can assist your family in choosing a nursing home or assisted living.
The Senior Placement Decision
Is NOW the time to make this decision? How do I start to have this conversation with my parents? How will we pay for this? Our senior placement services start with a comprehensive assessment by an experienced Professional Care Manager. Our professional assessment can assist you to determine if the timing is right to consider a move to assisted living or nursing care. If you determine to defer this decision, we can help you with interim options at home.
The Lowdown on Senior Placement
There are many FREE senior placement services available. We will gladly refer you to these if this is your preference. The advantage is that their services are paid by the facility when a placement is made. Ironically, this is also the disadvantage, as this may color recommendations. Advocare’s senior placement recommendations are unbiased and based upon a detailed geriatric assessment by a professional geriatric care manager.
Steps in our Senior Placement Process
1. Assessment — In the first step of our senior placement services, your Care Manager will conduct a geriatric assessment to determine physical and psycho-social functionality. They will also evaluate the safety of the existing home environment.
2. Care Plan — You will be provided with a professional written summary of our geriatric assessment findings. This will also include our specific recommendations based upon those findings.
3. Criteria — If our findings point towards a recommendation of a senior placement in either assisted living or skilled nursing care, we will develop a list of criteria that we feel are important to provide the necessary level of support.
4. Short List — Based on these criteria, we will develop a “short list” of those local facilities that would be the best match. Because we have worked with so many facilities in South Florida, our information is first hand from our own experience. We are especially adept in matching clientèle to memory support and Alzheimer secure environments.
5. Property Preview — Family members may wish to schedule a time to visit and join the Care Manager on a review of these properties. We can assist the family to view these properties through the professional lens of an experienced Geriatric Care Manager, and we can help you assess the pros and cons of each.
6.Decision — Advocare’s senior placement services will guide you every step of the way. At the end of this process, the right decision becomes apparent.
After a move, Advocare can continue to monitor and manage the level and quality of care. Our Care Advocate on Call Program will assure quality of care and provide ongoing phone and email updates to family members.
You Are Not Alone
We will provide you with the guidance and counsel so that your family will feel secure and confident in your decision. If you are considering a senior placement for your parent, spouse, or loved one, call us today for a complementary consultation!