Senior Living Advisors Helps Families Make The Right Choice
When the time comes for an aging loved one to receive additional care, families don’t always have time to properly vet the available options. But Andrea Donovan of Senior Living Advisors does.
“I have firsthand experience of the quality of care each senior living option delivers,” Donovan, owner and founder of Senior Living Advisors, said of the hundreds of senior communities she has visited and evaluated.
Donovan established Senior Living Advisors in 2006 after working for many years in the field of senior living. She saw how families struggled to find the right facility and level of care for their parents and grandparents and opened Senior Living Advisors to do the research that most families just don’t have the time to conduct.
“I’m taking away that stress and the time to do the research,” Donovan said.
Donovan has visited facilities throughout the Chicago area, researching and evaluating each facility’s staffing, quality of care, quality of food and even the activities available.
When a family comes to Donovan for help, she carefully assesses not only their need for care, but their lifestyle. Whenever possible, she begins with a visit to the person’s current home.
“It’s important to see what make a person comfortable and how they like to live,” she said.
Considering what she learns on her visit, along with the person’s abilities and disabilities, preferred location and budget, Donovan narrows the field of living options to three or four facilities that can meet the family’s needs.
If the family chooses, Donovan can join them on facility tours, or help to arrange the tours to meet the family’s busy schedule.
Sometimes, the best option isn’t a new home at all, but help in the person’s present home. As a certified geriatric care manager, Donovan can coordinate services to allow a person to get the care they need.
Donovan uses her years of experience and extensive knowledge of care options to help 150 to 175 families find new homes for their loved ones each year. In exchange for her services, Donovan charges families an hourly rate and never accepts money or perks from any of the communities or services she presents as options.
Making such a big decision for a loved one can be overwhelming, especially for adult children who struggle to balance their busy lives with their caregiving responsibilities. Donovan allows families to look beyond a facility’s beautifully decorated lobby to consider the things that will truly matter to their loved one’s quality of life. She helps them to make the right choice, even when that choice has to be made in a hurry.