If you’re running an assisted living center, word of mouth referrals, search engine visibility and online reviews are essential to driving new guests. You can imaging that an elderly care review site like Caring.com can aid you in developing a great reputation. If you focus on building out your listing and earning great Caring.com reviews, you can attract more seniors to your business.
Adults age 65 and older are expected to outnumber children by 2030. In fact, approximately seven baby boomers are turning 65 every minute. All baby boomers and 1 in 5 U.S. residents will have reached “retirement age.”
Here’s the problem.
Research shows us that demand far exceeds the current supply of available providers. This is complicated by the fact that nursing homes are closing all across the country. This means we may see a massive influx of senior care facilities very soon.
Which means more competition.
This is a huge opportunity for senior care providers who position their facilities properly.
Here’s what we’ll cover today:
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Why Caring.com is important to your senior living facility
The CDC made some startling discoveries.
In 2012, about 58,500 paid, regulated long-term care services providers served about 8 million people in the United States.
Long-term care services were provided by:
How many people rely on these senior care facilities?
Census.gov explains why this is so important to senior living providers.
“By 2034, there will be 77.0 million people 65 years and older compared to 76.5 million under the age of 18.”
According to the American Seniors Housing Association’s The State of Seniors Housing report, the United States will need more than 3 million seniors housing units by 2040. As of today, only 1 million units have been constructed.
What does this have to do with senior providers?
We’ll soon see an influx of competitors as more senior living providers enter the market. Providers who are positioned well in the marketplace will find they receive the majority of the traffic, leads and sales that come from seniors and their families.
Who visits Caring.com?
Caring.com receives visits from two groups; families of seniors and seniors themselves. This is a bit more complex as there are layers of detail that coincide with these two groups. Here’s some brief information on Caring.com’s user demographics.
Here’s how Caring.com describes their demographics.
“Founded in 2007 by caregivers for caregivers, Caring.com helps those caring for seniors make better decisions, while saving time and money. Caring.com has helped millions of families nationwide select the right senior care products and services for their loved ones. In addition, Caring.com helps caregivers feel less alone and less stressed while navigating the many difficult senior care decisions.”
Caring serves seniors, but (slightly) more emphasis is placed on caregivers who are searching for senior care products on behalf of the seniors in their family.
How Caring.com compares to other review platforms
How does Caring.com compare against large, mainstream platforms?
Is it worth it to use Caring.com?
Why would you use If mainstream review platforms receive the majority of traffic? Here’s how Caring.com explains it.
“60% of people searching for senior housing don’t have first-hand knowledge of any of their local options. And while over 1/3 of caregiving families pay someone to care for their loved one, at least 40% of these people hire independently, rather than going through an agency.”
The people searching for senior housing aren’t aware that you, a senior living provider, exist. That stings a little bit, but it’s actually good news. If seniors and their families don’t know you exist, they don’t know your competitors exist either.
Using Caring.com changes that.
Mainstream platforms provide users with reviews, but they don’t provide them with the additional details – housing options, health care concerns, one-on-one assistance from specialists – that Caring.com provides.
That’s why they’re worth it.
What your business goals should be on Caring.com
Here’s a shortlist of the business goals attorneys and law firms can achieve on Caring.com’s platform.
As a platform, Caring.com is uncomplicated. However, like other research and review platforms, they require that providers register for an account on their site. Let’s take a look at how you set that up.
How to claim/create your Caring.com listing
Caring.com has a simple, two-step registration process. Here’s how providers can add their facility or service to their platform.
- Visit Caring.com/get-listed to sign up.
- Enter your first name, last name, city, state, and service (via the drop-down).
- Enter your company name, phone number, and email, complete the captcha, then click “Get Referrals Now.”
- On the next screen, you’re notified that an account executive will be in touch with you soon.
Unlike other platforms, Caring.com relies heavily on direct verification via their staff. This may change as their platform matures, but for now, they depend on their staff to vet providers.
Asking for reviews on Caring.com
It’s no surprise that reviews play a pivotal role on Caring.com. What is surprising is the small number of reviews needed to make a significant impact.
“Through years of Caring.com research and multiple customer case studies, we have found that senior living communities with 15+ reviews on their listings dramatically boost their volume of prospective resident inquiries, community tours, and new resident move-ins compared to those with only 1-2 reviews or no reviews. And for those who earn the coveted Caring Stars award for service excellence based on reviews: they see double the inquiries and move-ins than our partners without the award!”
However, there are several problems with review requests.
First, seniors may not be familiar with the review process as it requires a certain degree of sophistication. If senior care providers want a review from residents, they may need to provide them with the one-on-one support they need.
It’s a potential minefield.
Many seniors have dealt with others who assume they’re unknowledgeable, incapable or feeble. They may be fighting to retain their independence —especially when they’re losing it. Unsophisticated residents may feel embarrassed and unwilling to admit that they don’t know enough to provide you with the review you’re requesting.
You’ll want to tread lightly.
One wrong move and you may motivate an otherwise satisfied resident to leave a negative review.
This is where Caring.com shines. They offer providers several options to gather reviews:
- Resident perception. Seniors will have their own feelings and experiences on a variety of factors pertinent to your facility. They’ll have thoughts on the level of care they’ve received, resident/patient care, access to various amenities, etc. If the experience they relay isn’t in line with reality (i.e., the nurses abuse me), this may negatively impact the stories shared with their family. This impacts the reviews you receive.
- Familial perception. The families of your residents will have their own perception of your business as well. This is dependent on several factors (a.) What your residents tell their family about your facility (b.) Their family’s independent perception of your facility, positive or negative sentiment – created via online reviews, experiences during their visits, etc.
- Familial interest. Unfortunately, some families aren’t interested in the health or well being their loved ones. If they’re uninterested, they may not be good targets for your review management campaigns. Here’s how you gauge the interest levels of a senior’s family.
|Family members are interested, hands-on||Family members interested, hands-off|
|These families visit their seniors often. They're attentive, engaged, and very focused on the level of care provided to their loved ones.||These families are interested in the level of care and service you provide their seniors, but they don't visit often; this may be due to the diagnosis or geographic constraints.|
|Family members uninterested, hands-on||Family members uninterested, hands-off|
|They aren't interested in visiting their seniors all that often. They don't have a close relationship with them, but they want them to be treated well.||They aren't interested in the care you provide their seniors. They won't visit, but they would be deeply offended if these unpleasant truths were brought up.|
Here’s a list of review request templates and response templates you can customize.
“Reviews must adhere to the following guidelines:This means your facility can’t be destroyed by malicious reviewers who are looking to punish your business. Here are the guidelines laid out by Caring.com.
If a submission does not comply with Caring.com’s policies and guidelines or is generally inappropriate or off-topic, it will not be approved by our moderator(s) or posted on Caring.com. While we carefully moderate reviews before they are posted to Caring.com, we cannot guarantee or verify the accuracy of the opinions shared by individual reviewers.”
Optimizing your Caring.com listing and advertising
Once you’re contacted by an account executive, you’ll be provided with the access you need to set up your account and add information to your profile. Here’s what an optimized profile looks like.
In this screenshot we see:
Next, we see a breakdown of their aggregate review. We see that:
We see a photo carousel displaying photos of the interior. These photos show that this facility, in particular, is more than a “nursing home.”
There’s a comprehensive list of amenities, including services, entertainment, housing options, features, and dining options.
They provide prospective residents and their families with a detailed breakdown, painting a picture of the kind of experiences a Brookdale resident will have. These are the details you’ll need to include in your Caring.com profile.
It’s a good idea to gather this information ahead of time.
What about advertising?
If you’d like to advertise with Caring.com, you’ll need to reach out to their team personally. Here’s a list of the services they provide to their referral partners:
We Provide to All Directory Partners:
- Business Profile(s) — including public-facing directory listing(s) with inquiry submission and referral/account details for our family advisors to match families to senior care providers
- Account Support — with direct access to our Partner Success staff via ([email protected])
- Online Reputation Management Services — including New Review instant alerts and more review generation options
- Sales & Marketing Guidance — including performance data, Digital Marketing Academy events, and best-practices information
For Senior Living Communities:
- Screened Referrals of Prospective Residents — including tour-scheduling services and conversion optimization tips
- Sales Reporting — including access to Partner Portal for leads tracking, move-in reporting, rates updating, and more
For In-Home Care Agencies:
- Screened Leads of Prospective In-Home Care Clients
- Access to MyPortal for Home Care Agencies — including lead conversion tracking and controls to adjust lead volume
What happens once you have a strong review portfolio?
You promote it!
You promote your reviews on other advertising channels. Use remarketing and retargeting via first-tier providers like Google Ads, Facebook ads, and second-tier providers like Bing ads, or BuySellAds, to promote your senior care reviews at the beginning, middle, and end of your resident/customer’s buying cycle.
- Use PPC ads + review samples (or # of reviews) to capture families at the beginning of the research phase cycle, e.g., 5-star reviews from happy seniors/families.
- Remarketing and retargeting to communicate with families who have recently visited your site or browsed through your review portfolio.
- Use social proof + a customized review acquisition campaign to capture more reviews from satisfied residents whether they’re sophisticated or unsophisticated.
- Optimize your website around your conversion keywords (phrases that have led to a sale). These are the keywords you build your SEO campaigns on and fight for aggressively.
Repeat this process for each review platform until your website dominates Google search results for local search queries.
If you’re going to use the reviews in your marketing, you’ll want to focus your attention on the key areas potential residents will seek out.
Use the questions, comments, feedback, objections, and concerns raised by your customers and their families to improve your site and your review profile on Caring.com.
Goal tracking via Caring.com
You’ll want to rely on Google Analytics and the third-party tools you’re already using to verify your campaign performance on Caring.com.
You can use Google’s URL builder to add a tracking parameter to the URL’s in your Caring.com profile. Have your marketing manager add the following tracking parameter…
… to the end of your URLs. Doing this will ensure referrals from Caring.com appear in Google analytics.
Your Caring.com point-of-contact
Caring.com is very open with their contact information, which is a nice change of pace. Here’s a list of the contact information they provide.
P.O. Box 32217
Charlotte NC, 28232
Assisted living communities are about to grow exponentially
Each day 10,000 people will turn 65 for the next 20 years. A few of these seniors will need your help. As we’ve seen, the demand for senior living providers far exceeds the current supply; to complicate things further, nursing homes are closing all across the country. We’ll soon see a massive influx of senior care facilities very soon.
But they won’t have your review portfolio.
If you’ve made it through this post, you see the rush for what it is. An opportunity and a chance to serve seniors who need your help. It all depends on proper positioning. Those who are positioned well will find they receive the majority of the traffic, leads, and sales that come from seniors and their families.
Build a strong review portfolio. You’ll find you’re able to attract double the inquiries and move-ins of your competitors.