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You wouldn’t buy a house without a Realtor or choose a college without a counselor. So why make decisions about senior living without an expert advisor?

Luckily, you don’t have to. Senior living advisors exist to do just that: advise you on the wisest decision for your future living arrangements so you can enjoy your later years with health and happiness.

Learn about the functions of senior living advisors, how they can benefit you, and the types of retirement communities a senior living advisor can help you navigate. 

What is a Senior Living Advisor?

Sometimes referred to as a senior care advisor, elder care advisor, or senior care consultant, a senior living advisor is a senior care professional who helps older adults – and their children or family – find the right senior living community for them. 

Whether it is independent living, assisted living, memory care, CCRCs, skilled nursing, or even home health care, senior living advisors can take what you are looking for and find a community that matches your preferences, needs, priorities, and budget. 

Introduction to Senior Living

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Senior living advisors can help you find all types of senior living. Here is a quick breakdown of each type of senior living community so you can have a better understanding of the options available to you:

Independent Living

Independent living communities are a type of retirement community for seniors who are still active and independent, but are looking for a maintenance-free lifestyle, social opportunities, and all-inclusive amenities. These communities offer resort-style amenities and services like housekeeping, laundry, dining, and maintenance but do not provide residents with personal care services like grooming or medication management. There are countless social opportunities offered within independent living, like workout classes, golf, pickleball, swimming, excursions, shows, events, and more. 

Assisted Living

Assisted living is similar to independent living in that the services provided are all-inclusive and residents can enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle. The major difference is that in assisted living, residents can receive assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, managing medication, and more. Some assisted living communities are also licensed to provide nursing care for certain conditions like Parkinson’s or diabetes. At assisted living communities, trained caregiving staff are available around the clock in case of emergency. Residents of assisted living can take advantage of chef-prepared meals, social activities, excursions, fitness classes, events, shows, and many more opportunities to live an active, vibrant life.

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Memory Care

Memory care is a specialized type of care for seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Activities are specifically tailored to support residents with memory conditions, and specially-trained staff are available to support residents at all times.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)

CCRCs are senior communities that encompass all different levels of care – independent living, assisted living, and memory care – on the same campus. This type of community is beneficial for seniors who wish to stay in the same community even if their care needs change.

Skilled Nursing Facility

Skilled nursing facilities often provide seniors with rehabilitative services after a hospital stay to recover from an illness or injury. The care provided in skilled nursing is more advanced than what can be provided at assisted living. The goal of skilled nursing is short-term transitional care.

Nursing Home

Nursing homes are long-term residential care facilities for seniors whose care needs are greater than what can be provided in assisted living or memory care. Seniors often live in nursing homes when they are unable to take care of themselves due to chronic conditions or other medical, cognitive, functional, or behavioral issues. Many times, skilled nursing and nursing homes co-exist in the same building, and for that reason, the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. 

Home Health Care

Some seniors would prefer to age in place in their own homes rather than move to a senior living community. If needed, these seniors can employ an in-home care company for professional caregivers to provide support services at home.  

What does a senior living advisor do?

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Some of the main functions of a good senior living advisors are as follows:

  • Interview you about your needs, wants, priorities, and budget
  • Make recommendations for the best type of senior living community for you
  • Compile a list of communities that are a good fit
  • Provide expert guidance about each choice
  • Go over the features of each community
  • Schedule community tours
  • Accompany you on tours
  • Ask communities the right questions about the care delivery process
  • Coordinate move-in details
  • Involve family members in decision-making
  • Look over all paperwork provided by the community
  • Inform you about industry-specific terminology and language
  • Answer your questions as they come up during the process
  • And more!   

Why do people use senior living advisors?

There are numerous reasons people use senior living advisors. Here are some of the benefits:

They can help you make educated decisions and stay informed.

Most people are not familiar with the world of senior living and all it entails, especially if they have not dealt with it before. There are many niche topics and industry-specific terms that come up throughout the process that can be confusing. A senior living advisor is an expert in the field of senior care and will help break down complex language and concepts for you as they come up. They will help you feel confident and empowered in your understanding of the process.

They simplify the process and make it less overwhelming.

Finding the right senior living can be confusing and overwhelming. With so many options, it can be challenging to know you are making the right decision. Senior living advisors are familiar with all the communities in your area and will narrow down your options based on your criteria. They will advise you on the pros and cons of each option and help you make the most informed decision. Their ultimate goal is for you to make a decision you feel confident about.

They are usually a no-cost service for seniors.

Many senior living advisors do not charge seniors or families for their services. That is because they work with a wide variety of communities and receive a commission when someone moves in. This enables seniors to benefit from the senior living advisor’s services without having to pay any extra fees. Be sure to ask your Advisor about their specific fee structure in case they do not operate this way.

Should you use a senior living advisor?

If you are a senior or have an elderly family member starting to look for living arrangements as they age, enlisting the help of a senior living advisor is always a smart decision.

It is wise to do your research and choose a senior living advisor you feel has your best interest at heart. Try to find someone who really listens to your situation and takes your preferences and priorities into consideration. It can also be helpful to read their reviews and customer testimonials.

Remember that a senior living advisor should be guiding you through the process, but not forcing you to make certain decisions. If you feel pressured by your senior living advisor in any way, it may not be the best fit.

Senior Living Advisors in Florida

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There are senior living advisors all across the country who are experts in their own states. Florida is a state with a very high senior population, and thus, many senior living options. 

When it comes to senior living advisors in Florida, you can work with the best of the best. Florida Senior Consulting’s expert senior advisors have years of experience in the field and are familiar with all the best communities in the state.

We will advise you on your options but never force you to make certain decisions. Ultimately, we believe the choice should be yours, and we are here to help and support you in whatever you decide.

Not only that, but we will also help you implement your decision from start to finish. From packing to moving to unpacking to settling in, we will stay by your side every step of the way. We will even advocate for your care after you move in and check in with you often to make sure you have a positive experience.

Best of all, our senior living placement services are at no cost to you or your family.

Simplify your life and start enjoying your golden years with Florida Senior Consulting. Call our expert senior advisors at (800) 969-7176 or visit FloridaSeniorConsulting.com.

Senior living on your terms. The choice should be yours.

Contact Florida Senior Consulting

(800) 969-7176