Six professionals, all working in the senior care field, gathered around a table for a general discussion. One of them, Susan, recently stepped into an unfamiliar role, a role that was fraught with obstacles.
Susan’s mother had been living independently when suddenly, due to illness, she landed in the hospital and then in rehab. The doctor’s verdict was that she could no longer live independently. Assisted living, or possibly an adult family home, seemed the best answer.
Susan started the search but found that finding a great place for her mother was easier said than done. Yes, she had experience working with seniors and their families. But she needed more than the list the social worker gave her. Another issue: the social worker had little time to help people.
Speaking of “the list,” Susan said, it was difficult to work with.
“Assisted living communities and adult family homes were grouped alphabetically by city. But some cities are so spread out that it takes a lot of effort to find these places. The list had facilities that no longer existed. Pricing was missing from the list, as was any kind of description regarding the care provided. And there was nothing about availability.”
After many calls and some visits Susan finally found a new home for her mother. Yet she realizes there has to be an easier way. Perhaps hiring a geriatric care manager? Or working with a good referral agent? Both those options can make the job easier. Speaking of referral agencies, Silver Age Referrals can help.