4 Common Questions about Assisted Living for Fairhope, AL., and Direct Answers

There are usually plenty of questions that people have regarding assisted living. Trying to find truthful, honest, and easy to understand answers can be challenging. On one hand, you may have been led to believe certain things about these facilities. Many people have misconceptions about assisted living and that tends to shape their perceptions into the future about them.Assisted Living Fairhope AL

We have compiled four common questions about assisted living communities and direct answers to those questions so that you can hopefully make the right decision for you or your loved one.

1. Is an assisted living facility the same as a nursing home? This is arguably the most commonly misunderstood aspect of this type of elderly care facility. The two are completely different. Nursing homes are generally reserved for individuals who require a high level of direct nursing care around the clock.

An assisted living facility is designed as a private residence for elderly individuals who may have an assortment of needs for daily care. Some may require minimal care, if any at all, or more care, depending on their physical condition. These facilities will generally have dining facilities and amenities that make it feel like a community.

2. Can you have a pet in an assisted living facility? That depends on the facility. In fact, many facilities do allow pets for their residents, but they will generally be limited to the size, or type of pet.

There is an incredible value in owning and having pets for elder care and these facilities recognize the importance that beloved pets have to their owners. Contact the facility that you or your loved one may be interested in to find out what their pet policy is, if they allow them.

3. How much does assisted living cost? It depends on the facility and the region of the country in which you live. The national average is reported at being between $2,600 per month to about $4,000 per month, depending on which resource you rely on.

Memory care assisted living, which is ideal for patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia, can cost about $4,200 per month to just over $5,000, again depending on your source.

4. Can you bring your own belongings to assisted living? Anything that is legal to own and that can fit in the individual apartment is usually allowed by most facilities. There may be exceptions, but seniors can often bring their own furniture as well if they choose.

If you have other questions about assisted living, don’t hesitate to contact one or more of the facilities that exist in your area.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living near Fairhope AL 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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