As the first ratings system of its kind, SeniorHomes.com today launched a numerical system for rating senior living communities across the United States.
SeniorHomes.com, the online directory and resource for those seeking senior care or housing options, has first launched its rating system in Seattle, Portland and Phoenix, and will be in 50 markets in the coming months.
“From hospitals to business schools, consumers are looking for expert guidance to help them make the best choice possible,” says SeniorHomes.com CEO Chris Rodde. “This is especially true for senior living communities where there are often many choices but a dearth of objective information.”
The ratings system is built upon input from third-party experts in the markets where the ratings are taking place. Those experts are people who work in the communities, interact with residents and have clients in the communities from home care and hospice stakeholders to those whose expertise is in geriatric care.
The expert input is collected within the markets where those experts are based, in addition to public state inspection data and other factors. The data is then processed through an algorithm to create a 10-point scale with half-point intervals.
The top rated communities in each of the markets will be recognized in the “Best Senior Living Awards” program.
“This will be like the ‘Zagat’ of senior living,” Rodde says, likening the system to the popular restaurant guide. “Through this program, we hope to assist seniors and their families make more informed decisions as well as recognize the most outstanding communities across the nation.”
Written by Elizabeth Ecker