Benefits of a Referral Agency.
People tend to fall into two broad categories when it comes to big decisions or difficult tasks… the first camp is those who are determined to take care of it themselves, just wade right in and see what happens; the second camp are those who look for input from those who may have been there before or at least have seen how things turned out.
Neither one is right or wrong, just different. For example: there are two families needing to find suitable housing for an elderly parent who has specific needs and definite preferences to be addressed, referral agencies are well-equipped to be of help to both camps.
For the “do-it-myselfer”, the referral agency can help by giving information on what the senior housing industry looks like, what major things to look for, and avoid, and to provide some explanation of terminology. This family is then better prepared to go out and find options for their elder.
For the “I-could-use-some-help” types, the referral agency is a trove of information and experience regarding the whole issue of helping seniors move along on their journey. The agency gathers pertinent information regarding care needs, likes, dislikes, geographic preferences and financial parameters. With this information the agency provides the senior and/or family with options, tours the options with the family, answers their questions and provides a sounding board to allow them to make an informed decision.
The best parts about actively taking a referral agency’s help are: (1) they know the options, (2) they know the providers and (3) they take on the leg-work. The time saved by the family seeking help from a referral agency is better used to get the senior integrated into their new environment and to get the whole family back on track. Oh, and the best part, (4) the referral agency helps you for free. The agency is compensated for their assistance by the provider the family selects from the options they were given. Whether you opt to do it on your own or enlist the help of a referral agency, the monthly fees you pay to the care provider are the same.
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CHOICE Advisory Services