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CHAPTER TWO n ADDRESSING HOUSING OPTIONS Finding the Right Home: An Expert Senior Placement Specialist Can Find the Right Fit for You By Beth Swilling, CSA and Tim Swilling, Owners Assisted Transition Spokane What does a good senior vide support to the senior and their family Additional Questions to Ask placement specialist do? throughout the process. the Senior Placement Specialist Finding the right home for you or a loved If the senior in question is not in the area, • Do you tour all of the communities one can be stressful when it comes about or is homebound and cannot actively that you recommend? because of challenges associated with take a physical tour, a good placement aging. It may be something that you or specialist will set up virtual tours of com- • Do you provide tours with communi- a loved one are not mentally and emo- munities that fit the senior and the fam- ties even if you don’t have a contract tionally prepared for. Fortunately, the ily’s criteria for the living environment with them if they are the right fit for the stress and strain associated with moving desired. The specialist will then follow senior in question? can be alleviated when there are experts up with the family and support all of their • Do you check for disciplinary actions, involved that know what to look for in decisions, without making the choice for enforcement Letters, or other public finding the right place. the family and the senior. notice of infractions committed before A good senior placement specialist takes After a choice has been made, a good you recommend specific communities? the time to interview the family members senior placement will provide follow-up, • Are you knowledgeable about other and the individuals that are going to be allowing for the placement specialist to available resources that may help the transitioning to find out what they want be supportive and available through the senior while the senior is in transition? and need in their living situation, as well entire process, making the transition as as what their budget will allow. smooth as possible. If there are any prob- • Do you interview the candidate and/or lems, the placement specialist may be family members in order to understand Once the specialist has a complete pic- able to help with those issues. their needs, requirements and wishes? ture of the specific desires and necessities of the senior and their family the special- What is the Cost Involved? • Do you provide assistance with deter- ist will be able to match the individual mining the financial position of the with the appropriate living situations senior and assist the senior in findingSome care management companies that are tailored to them. The specialist the most affordable and comfortablereceive private pay for their services, but should have a great deal of knowledge living option?many placement services are at no cost to the families and the seniors looking for about the area communities and be able Finding the right senior placement spe--the housing options; these service provid to match the senior to several communi- ers are typically paid by the facilities. cialist can end up saving you a lot of ties that may be a good fit for them. time, confusion, anxiety, and stress, as In addition to being able to understand well as make sure that you or your lovedA good senior placement specialist that is and fit the best living options to the one ends up in the best place possible,dependent upon the latter option will not needs and wants of the individual, a which also ensures that you won’t haverush you through the process just to get good senior placement specialist should to endure that stressful process againyou into the most expensive community also be able to direct the senior and fam- because of a bad fit in placement.that you can afford, and then never contact the family or senior again. Make sure to ily in need to other resources that may Do yourself a favor and hire aask whether the placement specialist has be helpful in their transition. This could toured the facilities and / or communities caring expert! include such services as in-home care, that they are recommending. The good an elder law attorney, VA benefits, mov- specialist not only takes the time to really ing assistance or other assistance that get to know their clients, as well as their might be beneficial. desires and needs, but realizes that their Once the senior is matched to the com- reputation is built on quality placements, munities that are the most appropriate for making the potential candidate the priority. them, tours are arranged for the top three to four places that seem to be the best fit. The good senior placement specialist will For more information on be available as often as possible during Assisted Transition the tours to answer questions and pro- contact Beth Swilling at 509-481-0326 or email her at bswilling@assistedtransition.com. THE OPINIONS OFFERED IN THIS ARTICLE ARE FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION ONLY. TO FURTHER EXPLORE THIS TOPIC, THE PUBLISHER ENCOURAGES YOU TO CONTACT TRUSTED PROFESSIONALS. 68


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