What Is A Senior Placement and Referral Agency?
A senior housing referral company helps clients locate appropriate senior housing in a given geographic area. A reputable placement and referral service can save you time and energy in your search for senior housing. They should know which communities can supply appropriate care and be able to refer their client to all types of communities.
To validate the reliability of a referral company, ask them if they work only with communities that they have contracts with or if they will also refer you to communities that won’t sign contracts. Also, make sure they have personally toured each of the prospective communities and see if they collect information on both substantiated and unsubstantiated complaints.
Finally, when looking for a referral agency, choose one that provides you with a list of suitable living options and will escort you on visits to the properties at your request.
Referral companies who do not charge clients for their services will expect the client to work with them exclusively; Referral companies gather similar information, so there is no need to work with more than one.
This type of referral company receives a “finder's fee” from the community that the client chooses. Other types of senior referral companies may charge for their services at hourly or set rates.
When working with a fee-for-service company, make sure to get the charges in writing before you begin the referral process.
When working with a referral company, let them know your needs, preferences, comfort levels, and expectations. Be honest and straight forward. The more information you provide to them, the better they can serve you and find a place that will best suit your needs.
Choosing suitable housing for a loved one is an important decision for you and your family. Utilizing a referral company will help ensure you find a great place.