When to Let Friends Recommend Senior Care

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 19 February 2013

More than 42 million are caring for seniors, so we probably all know at least one person who is a caregiver. Why not ask for their advice on choosing care?Nearly 15 million people are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. More than 42 million are caring for a senior relative or friend.

Given these numbers, we probably all know at least one person who is, or has been, a caregiver.

Consequently, the number of available senior living communities, home care agencies, elder care professionals and caregiver resources has grown to meet the exploding demand. But more options doesn’t mean it’s easy to find what you need. If anything, the abundance of choices makes it more difficult to find the right community, caregiver or blog.

Why not ask a trusted friend, colleague or contact experienced in caregiving for a recommendation? Ask around at church, in your neighborhood, at the office, or at local businesses where you have a relationship with the vendors (i.e. restaurants, libraries, salons, grocery stores). Tap into your formal and informal networks, including social media (get our tips for using social media to find senior care here).

This is not to say you should take a friend or colleague’s recommendation as the final word. If your neighbor suggests a home care agency, do your own research before calling for an appointment. If a coworker recommends a local assisted living community, you should still visit in person to be sure it’s a fit for your family member.

Your turn: How did you choose a community or care provider for your loved one?


There are 4 Comments about this post

  1. Lilah says,

    Honestly I think that word of mouth is one of the best types of advice you can take because these people usually have first hand experiences as to why they recommend what they do. For example the Glencroft assisted living home
    that my grandmother is in has been wonderful so I often recommend it to others as well. As long as the source is trustworthy, you really can’t go wrong.


    on 19 February 2013 / 3:09 PM

  2. So true, Lilah! Thanks for sharing your perspective. I agree with what you’re saying and am happy to hear your grandmother is in a good place!


    on 19 February 2013 / 3:37 PM

  3. I think the best way of knowing what to take is to have a really close friend or relative suggest or give advice. This way, you’ll be sure that your senior will be take cared of well.


    on 22 February 2013 / 12:47 AM

  4. Thanks for your comment, James.


    on 22 February 2013 / 7:10 AM


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