If you are an adult caring for an aging parent or spouse, finding a home for mom or a loved one can be difficult. The Family Caregiver Alliance estimates that 43.5 million of adult family caregivers care for someone 50+ years of age and 14.9 million care for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. The process of finding a quality senior living community that your loved one will benefit from can seem like a daunting task. But did you know that an assisted living consultant can help?
An assisted living consultant can help you find a home for mom that fits her needs, wants, budget and personality almost perfectly. This is because assisted living consultants are generally local, have a vast knowledge of the communities in the area and have a close relationship with the staff of communities that allow the assisted consultant to represent them to families. When searching for a home for mom this can take much of the stress out of the equation. They will do much of the leg work, speak intially with each community, narrow down the list of communities and sometimes even tour your top selections WITH you. To have an assisted living consultant throughout your search for a home for mom means you have an expert support system.
The way assisted living consultants make their money varies. An assisted living consultant can be found via the internet, with sources such as A Place for Mom and Caring.com. These services are free for caregivers searching for a home for mom but the assisted living consultant is paid by the community once your mom moves in (in A Place for Mom’s case) or by a community that pays for preferred placement on their website (Caring.com). If you utilize these services, it may be a good idea to a little research on your own; because you may be missing out on senior living communities that do not compensate them.
Another type of assisted living consultant that can help you find a home for mom is a geriatric care manager (GCM). A geriatric care manager will look at the entire picture of your loved ones needs and help you find the best solution. After an initial assessment, a strategy is made and if staying at home is no longer an option, this person will act as an assisted living consultant and help you find the best home for mom. A geriatric care manager is normally paid for by the family, but they will provide you with an unbiased recommendation.
If you’ve already done some research and are interested in learning more about Spring Mill Senior Living in Phoenixville, contact us at 610-933-7675 or click below to find out if it’s time to find a home for mom.