Guest Blogger: Laura Hansen, Owner of Always Best Care Senior Services
Posted Jun 30 2009 5:53pm
This week we are pleased to introduce you to Laura Hansen, owner of Always Best Care Senior Services. Laura's Denver metro based organization provides assistance with housing placement AND non-medical home care. For those of you giving care to aging relatives, or those of you facing decisions about your own care, you know how hard it can be to find services that are right for you and your family. Laura writes about some important considerations to keep in mind as you think about the next steps for you or your loved one. To schedule a free consultation to ask your questions and get what you need, call Laura at 303-952-3060, or visit her website at InHomeCareLittleton.com.
There comes a time when most seniors need to look at housing alternatives but making a decision can be overwhelming. In addition to researching the many types of housing – from Independent Living to Skilled Nursing and everything in between – you will need to understand the many housing communities in your area so you can make an informed decision.
Here are just some of the questions you need to answer:
Which type of housing will best meet my needs?
What should I look for in a new community?
What questions do I need to ask?
Where do I turn for help figuring all of this out?
Sound overwhelming? Unless you work in the senior housing industry, it can be nearly impossible to sort through all of this information by yourself. Thankfully, you don’t have to. By contacting a Senior Housing Specialist (also known as referral or placement agencies), you can work with someone who not only understands the types of housing, but also has visited, and knows the details about, many of the local communities.
And the best part? It’s free!
Working with a Senior Housing Specialist is similar to working with a Realtor. Just as a real estate agent receives a commission from the home seller, she receives a referral fee from the communities.
Finding a new place to live When you meet with your Senior Housing Specialist, you will begin by discussing your needs and desires as well as your budget and location preferences. Once you have narrowed your list of possible places to live, she will take you out to tour those properties. He or she will be at your side as you talk with the community’s admissions coordinator to help with questions and ensure you understand the process.
In addition to helping you find a place to live, Senior Housing Specialists can refer you to other businesses that provide specialized senior services. These services may include elder law attorneys to draw up wills and set up estates and trusts, real estate agents to help you sell your home, Veteran’s benefits specialists, moving/downsizing services and more.
Staying at home What if you would rather stay at home? Some Senior Housing Specialists can help you find a new home or give you the care and support you will need to stay where you are. By using a business like this, the same person who helped you evaluate your housing options can also provide the non-medical home care you will need. Non-medical home care includes things like stopping by on a regular basis to see how you are doing, fixing a meal, doing light housekeeping and laundry, running errands, providing transportation to medical – or other – appointments and helping you with Activities of Daily Living such as meals, dressing, bathing and medication monitoring.
Deciding on the best living situation for your needs can be a daunting task. By working with a Senior Housing Specialist, you will be able to make an informed decision as well as have access to the additional help you may need. With their understanding of senior housing, plus their connection to other senior service providers, Senior Housing Specialists are the people to turn to for the assistance you need to stay as independent as possible.
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