This weekend’s Oregonian featured an informative article entitled “Senior placement consultants help clients find care communities that fit their needs“. It’s a story about how placement and referral services can help families find senior housing, and act as expert liaisons between community and client. Senior List co-founder Amie Clark (who also owns and operates The Senior Resource Network) was featured in the article, as was colleague Jennifer Cook (with Living Right Senior Placement). The key to finding the right placement agency is to find an agency that has the best interests of the client at heart. A placement agency needs to be well informed, aware of state filings, and personnel should be credentialed. In the Portland metro area, there are over 250 assisted living/memory care facilities and over 1,000 adult care homes to navigate, so having an expert on your side makes all the difference.
“Finding the right fit between our clients and a community makes all the difference in the world” says Clark. “We do the leg-work for the client ahead of time, like reviewing state records, understanding the level of care provided, and in some cases policing monthly service costs. Even the little things like how good the food is, or social/recreational services become big things when your loved one moves into a care community.” Amie and Jennifer are both members of OSRAA, The Oregon Senior Referral Agency Association. The association regulates local agencies by requiring member agencies be in business for 3 years minimum, AND meet standards and ethics requirements. Click through to read how placement and referral agencies can help find senior-housing solutions in your local area.