About Care Placement

Finding a care provider for a loved one in need can be a stressful, heart-rending experience. It’s difficult enough to adjust to a decline in health. Pile on top of that the need to make life-changing decisions with very little time. That’s why we’re here.

Care Placement has been helping families find eldercare solutions since 1999. Over the years, we have helped more than 35,000 families in Southern California.

The idea began while Dwayne and Kristana Jensen were searching for care for their own family member. They realized how difficult it is to find the perfect match. Just as their loved one’s needs were unique to the individual, so every care home is unique in the care it provides. No one knew the specialties of the different homes. The people searching needed help finding providers, and the providers needed help finding people to care for.

I really enjoy this profession because I’m helping people who need each other meet.

Dwayne Jensen – Owner and Founder

Care Placement is dedicated to providing families in San Diego and Orange Counties with exceptional service from a knowledgeable and compassionate team of senior care advisors.

Dwayne and Kristana Jensen

How We Work

Care Placement’s experienced and friendly advisors are committed to helping take some of that pressure and anxiety away by walking you through the process and narrowing the thousands of options down to just those that fit your specific needs and budget. Our “hands on” approach to helping our families makes locating a Care Provider as uncomplicated as possible.

We carefully consider with you the unique needs of your loved one, medically, emotionally, and financially.

Our services are completely free to families since we are compensated through a “finder’s fee” paid by the care provider. This does not result in surcharges or higher rent for the families because it is part of the care provider’s pre-budgeted marketing costs.

Care Placement offers assistance for Seniors (60+) into Residential Care Homes (Board & Care), Assisted Living or Memory Care. We also partner with a number of organizations who can help seniors with other needs. Some of our partners are: reputable In-Home Care Service agencies and VA Accredited agencies (who assist in the filing process for the Veteran’s Aid & Attendance Benefits). 

What We Do

  • Maintain an extensive database of over 2,500 Licensed Care Providers
  • Help you assess your specific needs to provide personalized assistance 
  • Prescreen every lead we send to you to ensure it is tailor-made to fit you
  • Provide the tools and knowledge you need to evaluate providers and make an informed decision
  • Recommend as many providers as you would like that fit your specific needs and budget
  • Negotiate on your behalf to get you the lowest rate possible
  • Regularly visit each care provider to verify they offer good quality care
  • Train and license our employees as Care Home Administrators

What We DON’T Do

  • Blast your email with every possible availability in the state
  • Market or sell your information
  • Treat you like a number
  • Refer you to a subpar facility

What Makes Us Different

We’re locally owned and have personal relationships with the senior care facilities in the San Diego and Orange County areas. We do not suggest homes to you unless we’re sure those homes offer excellent care, nor are we part of an online mega-corporation. Our primary goal is to help families in our community find good quality care and services within their budget. Knowing they are happy and well cared for gives us the great satisfaction of a job well done.

All Team Members of Care Placement are Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) Licensed, and are well-read in the laws and regulations for all care options.

Meet Your Team

Dwayne Jensen – Owner

After his own experience searching for a Senior Care Provider, Dwayne knew right away he wanted to help the eldercare industry. “I knew it was something I would enjoy. I like working with seniors.” But he didn’t immediately know he would start a referral company. In fact, Dwayne set out to open a care home and signed up to be certified as a Care Home Administrator.

Dwayne Jensen - owner and founder of Care Placement

During a class discussion about how difficult it was to find patients to care for … I realized that was the perfect job for me. I told the whole class I would be the best patient referral provider in our area.

Dwayne made several good friends in that class and has worked together with many of them for years. He never lost sight of his original goal: to make connections and to help people in their time of need.


The reps make connections with care homes, learning the in’s and out’s of what each one offers.

Office Staff

All of our Office Staff are HIPAA certified and licensed Care Home Administrators.

Technical Support

What Others Say About Us

Other Comments

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  • Avatar Greg Creswell ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    David was extremely helpful and on top of the situation from the day he started helping us. He interacted with social workers and myself to get a facility for my brother very quickly. … More He has followed up since my brother's placement in a facility and offered additional help if need. He made a tough situation more tolerable.
  • Avatar Debbie Raleigh ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Wanted to express appreciation to Michael O. & especially Sayra for working so hard to find placement for our dear Friend who is 94. Sayra's efforts and communication were … More way above and beyond.
    She puts people before things! What an asset to Care Placement Co to have someone like her on your team. We and others have tried for a couple years to find a place for Bob, Sayra was the only one to get it done!
  • Avatar Carrie Carter ★★★★★ a year ago
    My highest recommendation for Care Placement San Diego, and specifically Michael Ohrman, who is exceptional as an advocate for you and your loved one. He is extremely knowledgeable … More about the different options available for your elder placement, very caring and patient (especially with me as I attempted to find the best place for my mom), and very well connected to find to best place for one's loved one. 5 star review!!
  • Avatar Esha Dev ★★★★★ a year ago
    Michael Ortlieb and his team are exactly the type of people you want on your side in the very challenging situation of moving a family member into assisted living. Multiple people in … More the industry recommended I connect with Michael and I'm so glad I did. He worked with me to get my father moved into an excellent assisted living facility, during the peak of the pandemic no less. He was kind, responsive, and above all else, an absolute expert in assisted living facilities. Michael worked tirelessly to find us the right fit from a care, quality and budget perspective. I'm eternally grateful for his help and highly recommend working with Care Placement.
  • Avatar K S ★★★★★ a year ago
    I wholeheartedly recommend Care Placement to help you find the right home for your loved one. A close friend of mine who is very active in the Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s caregiver … More community told me about Micheal Ortman and Care Placement. From the moment I first spoke to Michael, I was impressed by his professionalism, his knowledge, and above all, his compassion. He was thorough and respectful in his questions to me about our needs. His comments were very insightful. I could tell he’d walked down this road many times with other clients. I took my time – over six months – because I wanted to be prepared when the time came to place my husband. He was patient throughout the search process. Never rushed me to make a decision. After our initial conversation, his assistant sent me a comprehensive list of memory care facilities that met my criteria. The list included enough basic information for me to identity a subset of the group to call, and from there to arrange tours as I narrowed down my search. Michael assured me that there were other options, perhaps not as close by, and that we could broaden the search if I wasn’t satisfied after my site visits. During my search, he called or texted, making sure that any questions or concerns I might have were being addressed. His understanding of this difficult decision was invaluable. When I did choose a place, he and his assistant were in close contact to ensure the process went smoothly. Even after my husband moved in, they called to make sure I was doing well and followed up later to find out how my husband and I were adjusting. I am comfortable that I made the right decision – and Michael and his team were absolutely key to finding the right place – and my peace of mind!
  • Avatar Jenn Budd ★★★★★ 6 years ago
    After years of trying to get my Mother-in-law into assisted living, it wasn't until I was referred to Michael Ortman at Care Placement by Sharp Memorial Hospital that we were able … More to make it happen. Michael asked some questions, came up with a list of 3-4 that he knew were rated well for their services in the area we wanted. He and his assistant still keep in contact so that they can be sure they are recommending agencies that maintain their standards. They educated me on the senior state and how it works. Don't get me wrong, moving a loved one into an assisted living home is still difficult in a myriad of ways, but without Michael and Holly, it would have been much more so. Thank you so very much.
  • Avatar John Delgadillo ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    If looking for help to place a mother or a father that is very ill they can no longer take care of themselves this is the place to go. They are super sweet and loving and can help you … More through the whole process
  • Avatar jiwan chhina ★★★★★ 3 years ago

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