When a family decides it might be time to seek the services of a senior care advisor, it often comes after much thought and consideration. If an elderly loved one has been self-sufficient but starts to require more help to manage daily tasks, it can be a stressful and uncertain time for all involved. That’s why, once the decision has been made to rely on a certified senior care advisor, it’s important to partner with one who is skilled, empathetic, and knowledgeable. Here is what to look for in a qualified and experienced advisor.
Do They Care?
Of all the qualities to look for in a senior care advisor, empathy is perhaps the most important. Without it, nothing else can really fall into place. At Senior Care Authority, we know that when a family has come to us for guidance, it is often under less than ideal circumstances. A senior loved one may be becoming more physically fragile or vulnerable or may be exhibiting cognitive decline. This can be disconcerting.
A senior care advisor who approaches their work with compassion, empathy, and patience is what you will need. Clients and their families might need time to make decisions and understand their options. Access to appropriate resources is always appreciated. The number one job of an advisor is to help families and their elderly loved ones navigate the road before them, and to do so, an advisor must be able to put themselves in the shoes of their clients.
Do They Have Experience?
Senior care advisors have a job to do, and to do it right, they must have the experience necessary. When you sit down with your advisor, you should feel their confidence as they learn about your circumstances. Do they help you understand your options? Do they know what all those options are?
The certified senior care advisors at Senior Care Authority are just that — authorities. We have the knowledge, experience and skills needed to help you navigate the often complicated and overwhelming road of senior care options. We’ll sit down with you and create a plan that’s completely unique to your situation and that factors in your loved one’s needs and goals. We’ll help you narrow down choices, guide you through processes, and be there for ongoing consultation and advice. It takes a village to deliver the kind of care our seniors deserve, and we are here to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Can They Recommend the Right Services?
Experience is essential; with it comes the ability to see a situation for what it is and the know-how to find the right solution. There are many senior care options available to families and their loved ones, but it takes a skilled and dedicated senior care advisor to know which ones are the right fit and which ones aren’t. This becomes especially critical when someone is living with cognitive decline. Families may or may not be aware of it, and an experienced advisor can help them recognize symptoms and suggest safe and appropriate living solutions.
The important thing to remember is that once you’ve found the right senior care advisor, you are not alone! They will be a trusted resource for you to access over and over again.
To find out more about the certified senior care advisors at Senior Care Authority, get in touch today!