Common Misconceptions Surrounding Assisted Living

Assisted Living in Pascagoula AL

What are some of the reasons people don’t consider assisted living more seriously? Often, as with any type of elder care option, it has to do with either misinformation or misconceptions.Assisted-Living-in-Pascagoula-AL

There are several misconceptions surrounding assisted living. These misconceptions can keep elderly individuals from choosing this great environment. Below are several common misconceptions to bring to light.

Common Misconception #1: It’s just like nursing home care.

This is probably one of the most common misconceptions about assisted living. A high quality assisted living community is nothing like nursing home care. Yes, there will be seniors who require some level of assistance and support, but anyone who can live relatively independently, maybe with a minimal amount of physical assistance, may be eligible for assisted living.

Common Misconception #2: It’s too expensive.

Most people assume assisted living is simply too expensive to even consider. Depending on where the person lives in the country, the cost of assisted living can vary dramatically. For example, in some portions of the South, the cost of assisted living can actually be less than home care aides in New England, for example.

Common Misconception #3: It’s for end-of-life care.

Unfortunately, far too many people think assisted living is only for those men and women who have reached the final years of their life. When these individuals can no longer take care of themselves as well as they used to, they might be advised to consider other living arrangements, including assisted living.

Because there are so many activities and great support at many of these assisted living communities, it can be a great option to not just pursue certain things the senior has never tried before, but also reach out and connect with new men and women, making friends they never thought could be possible again.

Common Misconception #4: Activities are boring.

Some people assume all the activities that take place at assisted living communities are basic arts and crafts. There could be a wide range of activities specifically designed for a variety of the residents.

The only way to truly determine whether assisted living is right for you or somebody in your family is to make an appointment, go on a tour, and ask questions of the administrators at these facilities.

Modern assisted living facilities can be a valuable asset for people who may need a little bit of support, who may be completely healthy but living alone, or for those who realize keeping up with their home’s general maintenance and cleanliness is just too much for them now.

If you or an aging loved one are considering assisted living in Pascagoula, 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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