As adult childern of aging parents, we often don’t know where to turn for advice to answer questions about what senior housing options are available? As a Senior Real Estate Specialist, I have information on local caregiver support resources and retirement communities. I am here to help, so please call me; this is part of my free SRES service. Lots of what SRES real estate agents do is not compensated directly unless a home is actually sold.
Selling your home may be the least of your concerns, but when you finally do need to sell your home, call me first and I help you with that too and be compensated by a referral to the best agent (not me, because January 2011 I retired from direct sales).
Finding the right place for your Mom or Dad may be the first part of the process. I am familiar with a variety of local resources to help your parents make the right move. I can even point you to service providers that may allow your parents to stay in their home safely if that is appropriate.
There are a variety of published seniors housing directories available. More helpful, there are some excellent local “endercare scouts” such as Monica Farrier, MA who provide free, personal assistance in choosing a retirment or residential care community; she can be reached at 408-338-5447. Particularly if you are looking outside the local area you can also utilize larger, national referral companies such as A Place For Mom, who have a national elder care referral network of elder housing facilities. Their database is free to users; referral fees a paid by the participating agencies or facilities.
Just so you understand the process, most larger CCRC retirement communities such as The Forum, Saratoga Retirement Community, The Terraces do not pay referral fees as they have their own marketing staff. Smaller retirement facilities rely on referrals from eldercare scouts. Again, Realtors are compensated only if we make a house sale.
For elders with even more complex medical concerns (beyond just housing alternatives), there are outstanding geriatric specialists such as Elizabeth A. Landsverk, MD, founder of ElderConsult, who conduct a comprehensive, expert medical care plan for older individuals. An initial consultation generally takes 1 1/2 – 2 hours and is usually done with the entire family and not just the aging parent. ElderConsult is a unique specialty medical practice focusing on patients suffering from complex medical, mood or cognitive problems. I highly recommend Elizabeth and she makes house calls!
Additional links from this blog: http://saratogavoice.com/wordpress/2009/03/04/trends-in-50-housing/
If you would like to receive updates of my blog posts, please subscribe:
Rick Bonetti | Alain Pinel Realtors | Saratoga, CA | 408-857-8800