One Senior Place

★★☆☆☆
  • 715 Douglas Avenue

    Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

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  • 407-705-2042

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One Senior Place is intended to be a one-stop shop for products, services, and information for seniors and their caregivers/families. A media story promoting the opening explained that the founder had trouble tracking down all the various services available to seniors, and set out to make it easier for others to find what they need.

The cause is noble... but the results are mixed. The resulting business model offers senior-related businesses a small subleased display/office space and a targeted audience in exchange for the monthly rent. I was leery of such a pursuit being for-profit rather than non-profit, but decided to give them a shot.

I visited One Senior Place shortly after it opened to check into various services for my aging parents. The office (if that's what we should call this unique arrangement) was bright, spacious and clean. My eyes were drawn to the elaborate metal sign above the reception desk, with a separate oblong piece naming each participating business. The presence of one particularly offensive nursing home let me know right off the bat that they are not screening these businesses in any way.

They also collect your contact info at the door, which I found a bit disturbing... although that may have been why the reception staff were more helpful than pushy. If the "pitch" is done later by others, the front-line staff can devote themselves to being hospitable.

Our tour of the facility led to the one element I would recommend: a room filled with racks and racks of floor-to-ceiling brochures, booklets, and other useful data. The material is not just from participating businesses, but also from government agencies and various nonprofits. I left with an armload of paper, from which I gleaned at least a few useful bits of information.

I later contacted a couple of participating attorneys. The first one responded the next day, but would not answer any of my questions (including the approximate cost of their retainer) unless I consented to a $200 consultation. The second one took more than 3 days(!) to respond with the same lack of information, and their mandatory consultation fee was $500(!!). Contrast that with an attorney I found through the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) web site, who answered the same day and charged no consultation fee.

I really wanted to like One Senior Place, but in the end I feel it is just a beefed-up version of the targeted advertising supplements (usually medical or home improvement) that arrive in our mailboxes from time to time: the only criterion for businesses' entry is their signature on a check. One Senior Place seems to expect a level of trust that is not backed up by the screening of participating businesses.

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★★☆☆☆

One Senior Place is intended to be a one-stop shop for products, services, and information for seniors and their caregivers/families. A media story promoting the opening explained that the founder had trouble tracking down all the various services available to seniors, and set out to make it easier for others to find what they need.

The cause is noble... but the results are mixed. The resulting business model offers senior-related businesses a small subleased display/office space and a targeted audience in exchange for the monthly rent. I was leery of such a pursuit being for-profit rather than non-profit, but decided to give them a shot.

I visited One Senior Place shortly after it opened to check into various services for my aging parents. The office (if that's what we should call this unique arrangement) was bright, spacious and clean. My eyes were drawn to the elaborate metal sign above the reception desk, with a separate oblong piece naming each participating business. The presence of one particularly offensive nursing home let me know right off the bat that they are not screening these businesses in any way.

They also collect your contact info at the door, which I found a bit disturbing... although that may have been why the reception staff were more helpful than pushy. If the "pitch" is done later by others, the front-line staff can devote themselves to being hospitable.

Our tour of the facility led to the one element I would recommend: a room filled with racks and racks of floor-to-ceiling brochures, booklets, and other useful data. The material is not just from participating businesses, but also from government agencies and various nonprofits. I left with an armload of paper, from which I gleaned at least a few useful bits of information.

I later contacted a couple of participating attorneys. The first one responded the next day, but would not answer any of my questions (including the approximate cost of their retainer) unless I consented to a $200 consultation. The second one took more than 3 days(!) to respond with the same lack of information, and their mandatory consultation fee was $500(!!). Contrast that with an attorney I found through the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) web site, who answered the same day and charged no consultation fee.

I really wanted to like One Senior Place, but in the end I feel it is just a beefed-up version of the targeted advertising supplements (usually medical or home improvement) that arrive in our mailboxes from time to time: the only criterion for businesses' entry is their signature on a check. One Senior Place seems to expect a level of trust that is not backed up by the screening of participating businesses.

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