3 Reasons Dad is Going to Eat Healthier at Assisted Living

Assisted Living in Citronelle

You may be worried about your aging father because he is not eating as healthy as he could at the moment. You have spent the last couple of years trying to convince him to consider assisted livingAssisted-Living-Citronelle and he has finally agreed to look into this option.

One of your main concerns with regard to his health and well-being has been his diet. He hasn’t seemed to pay much attention to what he eats, consuming potato chips, copious quantities of ice cream, and focusing on mostly processed, frozen meals. Those ‘TV dinners’ are not providing him adequate nutrition, and you’ve known this for quite some time. While you would’ve liked to be there and cooking meals every day, your schedule simply didn’t permit that.

It’s one of the reasons why you worked so hard to convince him to at least consider assisted living as an option. Now that he agreed to it, looked around for the right facility for himself, and is moving in, you feel relieved. You know he is going to be eating healthier, even though there is a small kitchenette in his own apartment.

Here are three reasons your father is going to get a better diet at this new assisted living community.

Reason #1: The quality restaurant.

Many assisted living facilities across the country today have high quality restaurants rather than cafeterias. These restaurants employ experienced chefs who understand the value of nutrition and how to prepare healthy meals for their residents.

Your father will be able to spend most of his mealtimes at this restaurant, sitting down and having a conversation with friends, ordering different foods on the menu, and enjoying the service.

Reason #2: Attentive staff.

Staff members at modern assisted living facilities are quite attentive to what’s going on with their residents. They pay attention to who eats in, what they have a tendency to make, and they also are quite knowledgeable about the best foods to eat.

With attentive staff members working with your father, they will often be in a good position to help educate him on healthy eating.

Reason #3: A new, inspired life.

Your father may have gotten into the habit of eating junk food more than healthy food because of depression, feeling like it didn’t matter what he did, and feeling isolated and alone. Being surrounded by all of these new friends he’s going to make, and being much more active, it’s going to inspire him to take better care of himself, and that all begins with an improved diet.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living near Citronelle, AL, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living at 251-317-3017.


About Cindy Johnson

Ashbury Manor’s Administrator since 2008, Cindy Johnson is a long-time expert in the assisted living field. Prior to her arrival at Ashbury Manor, Cindy managed acquisitions and crisis management for existing and new larger senior care project developments for eleven years. As regional manager for an Oregon-based assisted living management company, Cindy was directly responsible for operations for five 50-65 bed assisted living facilities. As manager during the transition to new ownership, Cindy reorganized internal operations and conducted leadership training for Executive Directors. As a result of her management and expertise, one of the company’s facilities (in Ocala, Florida) received a deficiency-free survey, resulting in the lifting of a moratorium on operation.

A nurse for 36 years, senior care has always been Cindy’s passion. Desiring to work more closely with residents, Cindy became a Category II Administrator in 2005. As Ashbury Manor’s Administrator, Cindy understands the complexities associated with dementia and cognitive impairment and she has fallen in love with seniors with dementia or cognitive impairment and their families.

Cindy is Treasurer of the local “Senior Coalition” chapter. She enjoys mentoring new candidates who want to become administrators.

As a 16-bed facility, with Cindy's training and experience, our residents and their families can be sure Ashbury Manor’s carefully selected staff provides the expertise of a larger facility while maintaining the individualized personal care of a small special needs home.
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