CLARENDON HILLS, Ill., Feb. 6 The NationalAssociation of Senior Move Managers today announced the launch of the NASMMSenior Housing Locator, an online navigational tool developed bySNAPforSeniors to help users find appropriate senior housing more quickly andeasily.
Numbering more than 400 nationwide, NASMM members assist tens of thousandsof seniors and their families with the physical and emotional aspects ofmoving each year. With the number of Americans 65 and older projected by theU.S. Census Bureau to top 40 million by 2010, the need for both senior movemanagers and a way to find senior housing is increasing.
The NASMM Senior Housing Locator is similar to the real estate industry'sMultiple Listing Service, and functions much like a traditional search engine.It allows move managers and their clients to search a current nationaldatabase of 60,000-plus senior housing facilities by categories such asgeographic location, facility name or license type. Many listings includeupgrades such as photo galleries, virtual tours and information about currentavailability.
"The Senior Housing Locator allows NASMM members to provide clients withthe best possible guidance in yet another aspect of the moving process," saidMary Kay Buysse, executive director of NASMM. "Move managers understand thatevery senior has different needs and priorities, and with this tool they canhelp families make educated decisions as they work with their loved onesduring this time of relocation and transition."
There are an estimated 5.1 to 7 million long-distance caregivers in theUnited States(1)(2). The Senior Housing Locator allows senior move managers tonarrow the search anywhere in the nation, and then coordinate with seniors andfamily members to make decisions about appropriate facility placement.
The Senior Housing Locator's database includes listings for all licensedassisted living facilities, residential care homes and nursing homes, as wellas select independent living facilities and continuing care retirementcommunities. In addition to geographic and facility name search categories,advanced search options allow users to screen by care needs, payment optionsand lifestyle amenities.
"The NASMM Senior Housing Locator provides the most comprehensive andobjective information available," said Eve M. Stern RN, MS, president ofSNAPforSeniors. "With more than 240 different facility license typesnationwide, the senior housing landscape can be daunting to navigate, even forprofessionals. This navigational tool takes all of the diverse, disconnectedinformation out there and makes it available through a single, easy-to-useresource. It's designed to help people make informed decisions, whichultimately lead to greater satisfaction and ease in the transition to a seniorliving community."
The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is a not-for-profit, professional association of organizations dedicated to assisting olderadults and families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing,relocating, or modifying their homes. The senior move industry is relativelynew, but the challenge of transitioning an older adult is not. As the onlyprofessional association in the country devoted to helping the rapidlyincreasing 55+ population with middle and later life transition issues, NASMMmembers are committed to maximizing the dignity and autonomy of all olderadults. NASMM is nationally recognized for its innovative programs, leadershipand expertise on issues related to senior move management, transition andrelocation issues affecting older adults. For more information, go towww.nasmm.org or call 1-877-606-2766.
SNAPforSeniors(R), Inc. is a Seattle-based information company anddeveloper of the most current and comprehensive web-based senior housingresource and listing service in th