Tuscon, AZ (PRWEB) November 12, 2008
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and SNAPforSeniors® today announced the launch of the NAELA Senior Housing Locator, an online navigational tool with listings for licensed senior housing communities in the country.
Consumers and professionals will now have access to the NAELA Senior Housing Locator through a link on http://www.naela.org. The online tool allows users to search a database of more than 60,000 senior housing listings by city, county, ZIP code, street address or facility name. NAELA leaders see it as an important addition to its suite of resources, as members often help seniors during the transition from the home to senior housing.
The U.S. Census Bureau projects the number of Americans 65 and older to top 40 million by 2010, intensifying the need for a simple way to find senior housing. "NAELA's vision is to be the recognized leader inspiring and empowering elder law attorneys to enhance the quality of life for seniors," said Craig Reaves, NAELA's President. "The Senior Housing Locator is an example of NAELA's dedication to helping our members best serve the unique needs of their clients by simplifying the process of finding appropriate housing anywhere in the nation."
In working with families, the elder law attorney assists clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including at-home care, assisted living or nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating public and private resources to finance the cost of care and working to ensure the client's right to quality care are all part of the elder law practice.
Similar to the real estate industry's Multiple Listing Service, the online service functions much like a traditional search engine. NAELA visitors can search the most current and objective database of assisted living communities, nursing homes, residential care facilities, continuing care retirement communities and a growing list of independent living communities. Visitors can also search based on criteria such as lifestyle amenities, care needs, diet, languages spoken and health conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.
"Older Americans turn to elder law attorneys because they have the focused training necessary to provide guidance during difficult transitions such as a move to senior housing," said Derek Preston, CEO of SNAPforSeniors. "Along with offering advanced search tools to narrow options by care and amenities offered, the NAELA Senior Housing Locator helps families coordinate long-distance care decisions by connecting them with resources across the country."
Established in 1987, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others. Members of NAELA are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has more than 4,000 members across the U.S., Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://www.naela.org.
SNAPforSeniors®, Inc. is a Seattle-based information company and developer of the most current and comprehensive Web-based senior housing resource and listing service in the United States. This resource puts objective information about the nation's 60,000+ licensed senior housing facilities at the fingertips of consumers and their advocates. SNAPforSeniors combines advanced search tools with detailed information to connect seniors with the right housing options the first time. Through the Alliance Network Program, SNAPforSeniors licenses and private-labels its database and search tools to the websites of leading trusted sources, including the Alzheimer's Association and the Case Management Society of America. For more information, e-mail info @ snapforseniors.com or call 1-206-575-0728.