Starting the New Year Off Right with Assisted Living

Assisted Living in Theodore AL

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. For those seniors who may have been dealing with a number of challenges so far, especially in living alone, assisted living may be a topic that comes up. For some, it comes up frequently.Assisted-Living-in-Theodore-AL

Many seniors discount the idea of assisted living at first.

People have this idea that assisted living is nothing more than admitting they can no longer take care of themselves. When that is the case, the last thing they want to do is give up their independence.

Sure, they can readily admit they have trouble with some aspects of their basic care, and even call on family members and friends, possibly even neighbors, to help out every once in a while, but the idea of moving is out of the question.

Why is moving out of the question?

Regardless of whether the senior has been living in the same house for just a couple of years or most of their adult life, people become comfortable with their surroundings. If a person sees a move to assisted living as a loss of independence, they are most likely going to fight for what they have at the moment instead of allowing the conversation to continue moving in that particular direction.

For the New Year, it may be the perfect time to commit to a change, especially for somebody who is struggling to maintain their house. As people get older and begin dealing with less strength, mobility, and balance, they may have extreme difficulty keeping the house clean, keeping up with general maintenance, preparing meals, and much more.

Before long, some people feel guilty for leaning on others so much.

Senior may have family in the area who are more than ready and willing to help out that’s great, but is it causing guilt for the senior? Is making him or her feel like they are taking advantage of the situation and their loved one’s hospitality and willingness to assist?

Are they sitting alone more often than not? Do they miss spending time with friends? If these are some of the challenges seniors are facing, the new year offers an opportunity to start fresh.

When they begin to realize the value in assisted living, the activities that take place in these facilities, and no longer having to worry about general maintenance and cleaning of their own home, they may finally see it as a fresh start.

When people take that first start, they often admit it was the best decision they could have ever made at this juncture of their life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living near Theodore, 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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