Having trusted and valued resources in our community is so important. No matter what service you find yourself in need of, there are many service providers. The question really is, how do you separate the good from the bad and the mediocre from the excellent? In our next blog series we will highlight resources in our community that we have personally found to be EXCELLENT, and of course we wouldn’t alight ourselves with anything less than THE BEST!
This week, we’ve invited Paul Markowitz, founder of Senior Living Specialists, to write a blog regarding senior living communities. Paul went through the senior care maze of finding the appropriate assisted living community when he was 26 years old as his mom got diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 59.
Whether somebody is 26, 56 or 86, you might know of somebody that might have to go through the arduous task of finding the appropriate Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long Term Care Facility or Residential Care Home. Most people end up in crisis as nobody wants to think about placing a friend or family member as I was when I had to right place for my mom.
Below are 5 key questions that I recommend for each family to ask when touring a senior living facility:
- How long has the Executive Director been at the community and what is their experience?
- What is the yearly increase in the price of rent? What has it been over the past 3 – 5 years?
- What amenities are provided? e.g. transportation, meals, etc.
- What is a typical day like and what time does day get started? What is security like at the community?
- How do you determine when a resident needs to move to a higher level of care? Is the family responsible for identifying this or will the community let the family know?
With well over 900 senior living communities in the DFW Metroplex, identifying the very best fit for a loved one or friend is a most stressful and time-consuming ordeal. At Senior Living Specialists we are here to help all in this maze providing FREE comprehensive assistance to identify the very best fit for each family. We are most proud to be the first local placement company of its type as we serve the entire metroplex. Since our inception some 9 years ago, our team of 12, are available 7 days per week to accommodate those families in need of transitioning a loved one from home to a proper facility. We are most fortunate to have assisted over 5,000 families. Let us do your “heavy lifting” and the best part about our service is that it’s no cost to any family that we help.
We are here to help “make a difference”.