However, as we do searches online for assisted living, more and more negligible or even sketchy “referral” sites are cluttering the results, making it even more confusing to know who to trust – and more importantly, who to trust your information with.
As you navigate your way through the top several pages of results when you do a search – you’ll likely see a number of sites promising “expert care” for you and your family. All you have to do is fill out this simple form with your email, phone number and other personal items. From there – as these websites all claim in one way or another – all of your senior care dreams will come true…and mom or dad will be hand-held by the best national experts as they journey through the challenging maze of assisted living.
Yes….dream on. I’d say that most of the time, this doesn’t happen.
What does happen in many cases, once you submit your information – is that your email address and phone number will be sold off to the highest bidder – regardless of relevance, Being Careful with your personal information expertise, or intentions. I have heard of seniors being hounded day and night after their personal information has been compromised – not only by facilities wanting their business – but by insurance companies, senior care “experts” who are not certified or trained in any way, shape or form – or downright spammers who will clog your inbox for years to come.
There are a few things that you can do to try to minimize the unwanted phone calls, emails and solicitations:
In the 9 years we have had an online presence in the assisted living niche, we have never received one complaint about information being abused by us, or any of our partner sites.
We intend to keep it that way!
Article by the staff at Assisted Living Directory
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