The Guide to Senior Living Referral Services

In an ideal world, you’d have plenty of time to choose the best senior living community for your parents. That wouldThe Guide to Senior Living Referral Services include time to make multiple visits to each place you’re considering, to get a strong sense of what life is like there. For most families, though, the reality is more urgent and the time-horizon much shorter. That’s because families
tend to delay the search for senior care until the need is urgent: either you start seeing clear signs that Mom and Dad need daily help, or they have a medical crisis that requires nursing-home care as soon as they leave the hospital.

Online senior care referral services like can help you find a good place for your parents quickly, because they have staffers who are trained to match families with nearby senior communities that have the right services. These referral services are typically free to families, because the communities pay a commission to each service they’re listed with.

Which referral service should you use? has reviews of several referral services, including, to help you choose a service to research your options and set up tours. reviews

As of December 2016, had the highest overall customer rating among the referral services listed on – 5 out of 5 stars, based on a total of 4 reviews. One of the reviews for mentioned the fact that calls are answered by trained advisors who were ready to listen and help, rather than by an automated phone program. has detailed information on the types of payment accepted at each community, neighborhood demographics, and maps of nearby medical centers and pharmacies. reviews

Seattle-based has the second-highest overall reviewer rating – 4.5 out of 5 stars, based on 168 reviews at this writing. Several A Place for Mom reviews had positive things to say about advisors’ follow-up through the care-finding process. employs more than 400 local advisors who know areas around the US and Canada. reviews

Reviews for have been strongly positive, averaging 4 out of 5 stars, based on 39 reviews. Among the high points in reviews for were good resources on private caregivers and friendly advisors. A few reviewers said they would have liked referral lists with more options.’s information includes advice from a diverse team of eldercare experts in addition to nationwide community listings. reviews

There were only two reviews for as of December 2016. They both gave the site 4 out of 5 stars and said the service was helpful to them. has more than 80,000 US communities listed on its site, with details, reviews and pricing on many properties. reviews

Based on five reviews of, the service earned 4 out of 5 stars. Most reviewers were pleased with the service they received, while one wanted more personalized information. has information on communities across the US and Canada. and are owned by’s parent site,, while and, are owned by other companies. In all cases, the reviews on come from each referral service’s customers and clients, and verified reviews carry a check-mark icon. You can leave reviews for the referral services your family works with, too, to help other families with their care-finding journey.

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