Comprehensive Database of Florida Senior Living Facilities Now Online

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It's no surprise that there are thousands of senior living options throughout the state of Florida. But what is surprising is that, until now, there was no website offering a complete searchable database of facilities that serve older residents. Windermere resident Mitra Sorrells has set out to change that with the creation of Florida Senior Living Advisor (http://www.flseniorlivingadvisor.com).

It's no surprise that there are thousands of senior living options throughout the state of Florida. But what is surprising is that, until now, there was no website offering a complete searchable database of facilities that serve older residents. Windermere resident Mitra Sorrells has set out to change that with the creation of Florida Senior Living Advisor (http://www.flseniorlivingadvisor.com).

Sorrells, a former journalist, created the website after being frustrated in her efforts to help her father locate a suitable senior living facility in the Orlando area. "The only information I could find online was either created by companies that own these facilities, so it only showed their locations, or it was clearly a listing of facilities that had paid to be included," Sorrells explains. "I knew there had to be more out there."

In the end, it was old-fashioned word of mouth that led her to find the perfect facility for her elderly father. That's when she decided to create the site to save others from similar frustration. Florida Senior Living Advisor features a database listing all nursing homes, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, hospice, adult day care centers and skilled nursing units in the state of Florida.

"My goal was to provide an objective and independent web-based community resource that would address questions about housing the elderly. I hope others will benefit from what I've learned," said Sorrells.

In addition to the searchable database, Florida Senior Living Advisor offers a list of definitions, for example to help users differentiate between a nursing home and an assisted living facility. The site also provides links to a variety of other resources, including the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and the Medicare website.

Another helpful feature on the site is a list of questions to ask when contacting or visiting a senior living facility. "These are the questions I wish I had asked," explains Sorrells. For example, does a facility offer a resident the ability to control the temperature in his unit? Sorrells was surprised to find that many don't. "These are the questions that can help you determine right away whether a facility is a good fit for you or your loved one," she says.

Sorrells has also created a blog on Florida Senior Living Advisor (blog.flseniorlivingadvisor.com), offering regular updates on news and issues of interest to senior citizens. In the future, the site will offers more photos and detailed descriptions about each facility, as well as an opportunity for people to submit comments about specific facilities.

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