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The SRES® Professional Network

Selling a senior's most valued and valuable asset, their home, and the subsequent move, often requires unique expertise on a number of different fronts. One compelling reason to choose an SRES® is that you'll gain access to their network of related service professionals. For seniors, that includes specialists across a wide array of financial, legal, property and personal services, from estate planning to downsizing.

Sometimes an older parent has a trusted attorney and accountant. If they don't, an SRES® can usually refer them and their adult children to elder law attorneys, estate planners, financial planners and tax advisors with experience in elder issues.

An SRES® maintains a professional network that includes individuals who can help with various steps of aging in place, the sale and move, offering assistance on these and other matters:

The decision to sell: reverse mortgage counselors can look at ways to use the home's equity to allow a senior to remain in their home, if that's preferred.

  • Prior to listing: tax specialists and financial planners to examine ways to protect assets
  • Preparing the home for showing: handymen, landscapers and clutter reduction specialists
  • Legal considerations: real estate attorneys to help with estate planning or closing
  • Moving: downsizing experts, senior moving specialists, estate sale planners, storage facilities

An SRES® also has ties throughout the local senior community. Many agents actively participate in a variety of senior and community service organizations. They can provide referrals to resources such as Meals on Wheels, home care services, public benefit offices, transitional services coaches, grief counselors, and other services, as needed.

SRES® Resources

As mentioned, a compelling reason to choose an SRES® is that you'll gain access to their network of professional resources that serve the needs of their clients. Many of their partner organizations are industry leaders and provide great references for education and tools to assist the needs of senior clients.  Here are just some of the many resources an SRES can provide:

Age in Place

AgeInPlace.com provides a way for consumers to discover relevant and useful information about aging in place through topics such as real estate, home modifications, finances, health care and assistive technology.

The Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. The mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The Alzheimer's Association's core programs and services are delivered through 77 chapters, regional offices, and other locations, which total over 300 points of service throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.alz.org

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, LLC

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, LLC provides 5-Star Quality Health & Elder Care Services with compassion and warmth. Their concierge services provide 10-hour, 12-hour and 24-hour live-in services in Fairfield County, New Haven County, Westchester County and New York City. They also provide continuity of care for their clients who maintain residences in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Naples, Florida. Their leadership and team of professionals come from a culture of compassion and strong convictions that older adults deserve to age in place with dignity and grace within the comfort of their own home or wherever care is needed. All of their caregivers are Certified Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers. You can trust Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care with your loved ones. For more information, call or email MaryAnn today at (203) 520-0116 or at maryann@alzdementiacare.com, or visit alzdementiacare.com

Assisted Living Services, Inc. 

Established in 1996, Assisted Living Services, Inc. provides quality in-home elder care services and home care to clients and their families throughout Connecticut including companions and homemakers, personal caregivers, live-in caregivers and home care technology solutions. The company today has more than 300 staff and caregivers providing a broad range of home care services to hundreds of clients in 50+ townships in Connecticut. Their mission is to provide a broad range of services which promote independent living and help to maintain each client in his/her home environment as long as possible. Through these services, elder adults will be able to live their lives at the highest level of quality possible, maintain dignity, hold onto their assets and stay healthier – both in mind and body. For more information call (475) 999-4900 or visit www.assistedlivingct.com

Assisted Living Technologies, Inc.

Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. was established in 2010 and provides technologically advanced products which help seniors and individuals with special needs live at home safely.  They provide emergency response equipment, fall prevention alarms, remote monitoring and wandering prevention systems, medication management and home safety devices.  Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. has recognized that there are more elderly and special needs individuals living in their homes or community-based settings and an increased need for services and technologies to keep them there safely.  Assisted Living Technologies Inc. is the first company of its type in Connecticut - a company that has a sole purpose and product line that utilizes high-tech products to promote aging in place.  Assisted Living Technologies is a sister company to Assisted Living Services, Inc. which is a statewide provider of home-care services based in Meriden, CT, with branch locations in Clinton and Glastonbury, with expansion for other offices planned.  Established in 1996, the company has more than 350 employees.  For more information call (203) 235-TECH (8324), or visit their website at www.assistedlivingtechnologies.com

Caring Transitions

Caring Transitions is the nation’s largest and most trusted resource for relocation and household liquidation services.  Serving senior adults, families, caregivers, realtors, business owners, estate attorneys and other professionals, Caring Transitions provides unparalleled assistance with downsizing, organizing, preparing a home for sale, move management, packing, unpacking, estate sale and online auction.  With offices in every major market, Caring Transitions has the ability to manage local and long distance projects. For more information call Rachelle Campbell at (860) 681-9630, or visit their website at www.caringtransitionscentralct.com.

Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS)

The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation was developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers™ Council, in collaboration with the AARP, NAHB Research Center and NAHB Seniors Housing Council.  This program was developed to provide professional training that would enable them to accommodate the needs of people over the age of 50, as well as the knowledge they would need to modify their homes for aging in place.  Visit NAHB.org for a directory listing of a CAPS in your area.

dhp benefits consulting group llc

dhp benefits consulting group llc is a free Medicare resource for individuals and employer groups to help navigate the challenges encountered with Medicare. Educating clients, evaluating options and arriving at the best solution is a very individualized experience. Certifying with the major carriers enables them to provide a comprehensive market review with your satisfaction being paramount to them. Under the guidance of dhp benefits consulting group, you will have the confidence in knowing you have made the correct choice. For more information, call or email David Pallotta at (844) 804-2644 or at dave@dhpbenefits.com, or visit www.dhpbenefits.com

Hill Financial Services, P.C.

Hill Financial Services, P.C. specializes in holistic financial planning. By taking into account your entire life, including your financial status, current income generation, financial needs, personal values, and risk tolerance, they can provide a more complete service to you. Their process is one of collaboration and mutual understanding. Just as they select investments that are right for you, they also help you understand those solutions. You will always know how your assets are working for you.

Plans are not meant to last forever. A financial plan is a living document, and it requires periodic review and enhancement to ensure a quality experience. As your trusted advisors, they are there to make that happen. Through constant monitoring and active communication, you are kept abreast of any possible changes to your plan. They truly care about your life and your goals. When you succeed, so do they. Your plan is created to help you determine what you want to accomplish. For more information, call Bonnie Hill, CFP, CPA, at (203) 292-9163 or visit their website at hillfs.com.

Lifeway Mobility

Lifeway Mobility is an accessibility solutions company that provides a wide variety of ramps, stair lifts, wheelchair lifts, transfer aids, and bath safety solutions to individuals and businesses in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. At Lifeway Mobility, their primary goal is to understand the accessibility needs of their customers and their caregivers, then to identify the appropriate products and services that will meet those needs. They do not approach their business with the aim to sell products, but rather to understand the holistic needs of the customer and provide recommendations to improve mobility, comfort, independence, and quality of life. For more informatiion, call (860) 292-1111 or visit lifewaymobility.

Move Mom & More

Move Mom and More, LLC specializes in providing professional contents removal and moving services into assisted living and retirement centers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and portions of New York state.  They understand how difficult it can be to move your loved ones.  It is an emotional time for everyone involved.  Move Mom and More, LLC has experience in these specific situations and will make the move as stress-free as possible. They move the neccessary items, carefully packing fragile items, valuables and keepsakes, and move them to your loved ones new residence.  They take the time to set up the furniture, unpack fragile items (such as glassware) and put them away where needed.  They will even hang your pictures for you if desired. They also provide additional services that include moving items to storage facilities, removing unwanted items and providing many handyman services. For more information call (860) 432-4442 or visit www.movemomandmore.com.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities.

Elder law and special needs planning includes helping such persons and their families with planning for incapacity and long-term care, Medicaid and Medicare coverage (including coverage of nursing home and home care), health and long-term care insurance, and health care decision-making. It also includes drafting of special needs and other trusts, the selection of long-term care providers, home care and nursing home problem solving, retiree health and income benefits, retirement housing, and fiduciary services or representation.

Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. NAELA's mission is to educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.naela.org.

Oasis Senior Advisors

With so many amenities, services, and possibilities to choose from, how do you navigate the seemingly endless maze of senior living options?  As a FREE service, Oasis Senior Advisors makes finding your mom's or dad's next oasis a breeze. Their dedicated and compassionate Senior Living Advisors have extensive knowledge about senior living options in our area and work with you and your loved ones to find the "right place." They personally meet with you to discuss your needs on everything from lifestyle to budget. Oasis Senior Advisors are well versed in amenities, availability, and activities for all types of senior living options. Your Advisor selects matches based on your unique needs and then schedules tours and accompanies you on those visits. They make sure all of your questions are answered.  To find out more, give them a call today at (475) 619-4123 or visit their website at http://fairfieldcounty.oasissenioradvisors.com.

RetirementHomes.com

RetirementHomes.com is North America's largest and most comprehensive easy-to-use online Senior Living Directory, spanning the continuum of care from active living to assisted living and Alzheimer's Care, and everything in between.

Retirement Funding Solutions

Retirement Funding Solutions is an industry leading HECM for Purchase and Reverse Mortgage lender.  They are committed to providing education and world class service to its customers and partners. To speak with a local HECM for Purchase and Reverse Mortgage Specialist please visit www.RFSlends.com  or contact us directly at (877) 721-3847.

The Senior List

The Senior List is a new grass roots web portal that links consumers with quality senior related services.  It is a custom built database managed largely by consumers and businesses themselves.  The mission at The Senior List is to bring consumers and quality senior citizen related businesses together.  

Starker Services, Inc.

Starker Services, Inc. is the nation's oldest, largest and most experienced independent 1031 Exchange Intermediary.  Starker's commitment to unparalleled service has earned their company national recognition as the leader in 1031 exchanges.  Starker performs all types of exchanges including delayed, construction, reverse and personal property. Contact Starker Services for complimentary literature at 800-332-1031 or 1031@starker.com.

Visiting Angels

Since 1998, Visiting Angels has been providing elder care services to families across the United States. Their network of elder care franchised agencies is committed to providing families with the best possible non-medical assistance in the comfort of your own home.  At Visiting Angels, they strive to make staying at home a positive experience.  They do this by allowing you to select your caregiver from a group of skilled elderly home care providers, allowing you to maintain your schedule, and providing you or your loved one with personalized elderly care services.  Their commitment to you is simple:  They will help your loved one continue to live at home, and help you find peace of mind.  To find out more, give them a call at (203) 254-0402 or visit their website at www.visitingangels.com/Fairfield

 

Ready to review your current situationbuysell, rent, relocate or finance? Call our Seniors Real Estate Specialist Kathleen Turner today at (203) 767-0363 or click here to email Kathleen. The SRES® designation is conferred by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council of the National Association of REALTORS®. 

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