Is This the Year for Assisted Living in Theodore AL?

(A story from a friend)

Last year she tried to convince her father that he should consider assisted living.  He didn’t want to hear it, even though he visited the doctors and hospitals more last year than at any other time in his life.  Accepting nature, and learning that you’re not able to do some of the things that you used to be able to do before is not easy for most people. The older you get, the weaker your muscles and bones become.  Your balance wanes, and you might not be able to see, or hear as well as you used to.Assisted Living Theodore AL

However, for millions of Americans, that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up the comforts of your home and trade it all in for assisted living.  However, for some, an assisted living facility will offer far more than they could get from an occasional home care provider, or once in a while family caregiver.

A personal care home is designed to give an elderly person the support that he, or she needs in order to live a comfortable life, and have activities that they can choose (or choose not) to take part in.

There are various reasons why someone might feel that assisted living is the right option for them, so what might be some of the reasons that your father would benefit from living at an assisted living facility?

  1. Less maintenance.  If your father is still trying to take care of the house that he’s lived in for forty years, he could be fighting a losing battle.  Keeping up a homes require constant attention, otherwise they fall into disrepair.  Sometimes it’s better to let go of an investment when you can no longer keep it in the best possible shape, than it is to let it fall apart around you.
  2. More people. At an assisted living facility, there are more people of the same age. There are various degrees of health, and physical condition, but there are also varying degrees of interests.  Instead of staying home and hoping to find something that he could do, or wait for visitors, if he lived in a personal care home, your father might end up making new friends.
  3. New adventures. You never know what you’re missing out on until you try something.  For your father, he could be missing out on conversations with people that are exciting and interesting, who share similar backgrounds, and much more.

Is this the year to seriously consider assisted living?  It might be, but ultimately, that decision still belongs to your loved one.  If you believe he or she will be better off in such a facility, do your homework and then convince them.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living  in Theodore 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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