People searching for senior care are quickly forced to confront the unfamiliar, from the differences between care types to the array of funding options. Understandably, the search process can become overwhelming.
One would think that location should be the easiest decision to make, but A Place for Mom found that 60% of seniors moved to communities in cities they had not previously considered when choosing assisted living. Learn more.
When a senior asks for A Place for Mom’s assistance in choosing assisted living, one of the first things we ask for is their ideal geographic location. Families provide us with a city or zip code, and after speaking with a Senior Living Advisor, the Advisor uses this information as the focal point of their search.
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Our advisors help 300,000 families each year find the right senior care for their loved ones.
Seniors can provide multiple locations for Advisors to search, but they are asked to give a first preference. Some families consider senior housing in more than one state. For instance, when the senior is considering moving near relatives who live in different states.
Our analysis of the seniors we’ve helped move, indicate that:
This leads us to ask: Why aren’t seniors settling down in their preferred cities? Does location matter when choosing assisted living?
Based on our experience working with families and seniors, we believe we have a good understanding of the primary causes driving these numbers:
While only 4% of seniors moved to entirely different states, it’s interesting to analyze the factors that could lead to such a move:
The reason 60% of seniors move to assisted living locations they didn’t initially plan on, is because they found a location that better fit their needs during the search process. All of the individuals in our analysis worked with Senior Living Advisors from A Place for Mom, so their choices were based on information provided by senior living experts with knowledge about communities throughout the U.S.
Advisors take the time to understand each family’s unique needs and preferences, and give the family a realistic list of options that most closely meet their needs. Their role in educating families about the right options for their loved ones is crucial. Because of our access to a nationwide network of communities, we can help seniors find communities near out-of-state relatives that fit their needs. Our Advisors can also help families find communities that are equidistant between relatives. These “geo-midpoint” communities can be a fair compromise between loved ones.
There are so many circumstances that can lead to families choosing communities outside their first preferred location, but our Advisors are with them every step of the way providing them with the information they need to make an informed decision.
Have you or a loved one moved to an assisted living community that wasn’t your originally preferred location? Share your story with us in the comments below.