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7 Essential Questions to Ask Your Senior Living Advisor

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenOctober 8, 2018

Last Updated: October 8, 2018

Finding the right assisted or senior living community for a senior loved one can be an emotionally draining and lengthy process.

Whether you’re just starting your senior care search or narrowing down your top choices, when you reach out to A Place for Mom, our Senior Living Advisors dedicate themselves to helping you gain confidence and peace of mind in your senior care plan.

7 Questions to Ask Your Senior Living Advisor

Our Senior Living Advisors speak with a lot of families who say they’re not sure how to start their senior living search and what questions to ask, or contrarily, have so many questions that they’re overwhelmed.

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Our advisors help 300,000 families each year find the right senior care for their loved ones.

We compiled a list of the essential questions families should consider asking a Senior Living Advisor to help them make a well-informed decision for their parent or senior loved one:

1. Are there cost-effective housing options just outside my zip code?

Certainly, tell your Advisor your location preference(s), but keep in mind that you may be able to find more cost-effective options by slightly expanding your search area.

Helpful Link“Tips for Touring Assisted Living Communities”

2. Can I find a senior living community that allows us to tie in volunteer services like Meals On Wheels?

Most senior living communities have relationships with local community services and volunteer organizations. If you are currently using a service that you’d like to continue with, or you feel you may have a need in the future, let your Advisor know.

Helpful Link:How to Combat Depression and Isolation Through Volunteering

3. Can you tell me about your background and experience?

Start the conversation by getting to know your Advisor in terms of their personal and professional experiences. This casual discussion helps you build a relationship with your Advisor by finding common ground and gaining confidence in their professional demeanor and skill set. Many Advisors are or have been, caregivers for their own aging parents or senior loved ones. Others have helped thousands of families through the search process and will gain your trust as someone who understands what you’re going through and what you during each step along the way.

Helpful Link:“Why You Need a Senior Living Advisor”

4. Do you know of any financial programs that are city or state-specific?

If you expect you’ll need financial assistance to cover the costs of senior care, such as Medicaid or Veterans Benefits, it’s best to identify and understand your options as soon as possible. Many government-funded programs have a lengthy application and approval process; however, you can apply and continue your search for care and housing options while that piece is in works.

Helpful Links: “Financial Planning” and “U.S. Veterans Benefits

5. Do you know of any moving companies that specialize in moving seniors?

Although identifying senior care and housing options for your parent or senior loved one is the primary focus at hand, remember that eventually you will likely be faced with physically moving them and any desired belongings. For some, this may involve the sale and pack up of the family home, which can be another overwhelming task. As needed, your Advisor can help connect you with local resources to help, including moving companies and related services. Just let them know what you may need.

Helpful Links:Moving to an Assisted Living Home” and “Moving Elderly Parents: Convincing Mom and Dad

6. How long do you estimate each step of my senior care search process will take?

Time frames can vary depending on a number of factors, including benefits, finances, geographic area, required care type, etc. After learning about your unique situation, your Advisor should be able to provide an estimated timeline for the key milestones of your search and preparing for a move.

Helpful Link:5 Questions Adult Children Ask About Senior Living

7. What can I expect from you after this conversation?

Ask your Advisor to outline the immediate next steps for your search and their role along the way. Ask about any other services they may provide, such as help identifying:

  • Additional opportunities in the event the first options aren’t to your liking
  • Additional care options down the road should your needs change
  • Local community resources and/or services

Helpful Link:Looking at the Details of a Senior Living Contract

What other questions do you have for a Senior Living Advisor about senior living? We’d like to hear from you at 866-333-2174 if you’re considering senior living, or you can post your questions in the comments below.

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