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What is a Senior Referral Site?

A place for mom Milwaukee, WI

When the time comes to consider senior care options, caregivers may be overwhelmed. Where to start? They begin to wonder where they will find the time to search possible senior living communities. One option is to seek support from professional agencies that can help take some of that searching stress off of their shoulders.

Eileen chose to contact a senior referral agency to help narrow down her senior living options:

A Place For Mom put me in contact with area senior communities and we decided that Layton Terrace was the perfect choice for Mom.” 

Here is what you need to know about how referral agencies work with senior living communities like the Laureate Group.

What is a senior referral site?

Also known as senior placement agencies, senior referral sites match senior living providers in their network to a family’s specific housing needs. It is meant to help a family with the daunting and emotional task of navigating through the confusing world of senior care options.

Do senior placement agencies work with the senior communities personally?

Online agencies such as A Place For Mom grow their revenue when the person they helped find a community moves into that residence, regardless of which living residence the person chooses. Senior referral agencies are paid by the housing provider, regardless if a person chooses the referred community or not.

How does a senior placement agency find the best senior living options for families?

Essentially, the search process is similar to if a person were doing the research themselves. An agency will request a person’s desired:

  • Budget
  • Location
  • Care requirements
  • And other personal preferences

A Place For Mom or sends all the information they collect to senior living facilities within the person’s desired geographic area, with the intent of those senior facilities to follow up with the person.

How to choose a senior living community:

Referral services like A Place For Mom help narrow down the senior care options for a family. However, at the end of the day, the family is still tasked with making the best choice possible – a choice that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Experience Matters

How long a provider has been offering assisted living tells you something important. Laureate Group has been serving older adults and their families in Southeastern Milwaukee since 1970, and in that time, we have found that caring for older adults with multiple chronic conditions requires specialized clinical expertise and oversight, and an understanding of how to balance the individual’s need for independence with the need for safety. That takes experience.

Staff and Quality Matter

Even though a provider has offered assisted living for quite some time, it doesn’t mean that the specific staff caring for your loved one is experienced. Does the community have a full-time registered nurse (RN) on site? Each Laureate Group community is staffed with a full-time RN, providing quality care and expertise when seniors and families need it most.

Lifestyle Matters

While all the health related things I’ve mentioned are very important, so is the community’s activity programming. Check out the lifestyle activities Laureate Group communities offer older adults to help them truly enjoy this time of their lives.

Laureate Group believes in remaining at the forefront of assisted living — whether it is legislation, education, or services. Contact one of our 8 communities to learn more about life at Laureate Group!