It’s Amazing When an Aging Parent Finally Agrees to Consider Assisted Living

Cindy’s children would never have described her as being headstrong or stubborn, but when she was in her 70s and began showing signs of needing help around the house, she wouldn’t even consider assisted living.

Assisted Living in Daphne AL: Beginning to Consider Assisted Living

Assisted Living in Daphne AL: Beginning to Consider Assisted Living

Her family did research.

Her children and other family members did a lot of research into assisted living and other senior care options. They discovered there would be plenty of things for Cindy to do, especially right up her alley, as far as interests were concerned.

When the topic first came up, Cindy was livid.

She lashed out. She started yelling at the top of her lungs about how disrespectful this was, how it was like an attack against her, and how she wanted everyone to leave. Reluctantly, they all did, but silently they worried about her safety because they saw the signs that she simply wasn’t safe living on her own.

It was more than a week before Cindy finally called one of her daughters up to ask for help. The topic of assisted living did not come up during the subsequent conversation, but her family began dropping hints about what she was missing out on, how much easier it would be if she didn’t have to ask for help, and started tapping into the benefits this type of living environment would offer.

After about six more months, Cindy wanted to learn more about it.

She brought up the topic of assisted living with her family. She asked questions. She wanted to know what it looked like. They told her she could take a tour of the facility in her area, or possibly another one if she wasn’t satisfied with that.

Her family felt incredibly relieved.

It was an amazing turnaround and one they hadn’t expected, at least not as quickly. Cindy ultimately admitted she assumed these were nothing more than glorified nursing homes, but when she learned about the activities, the support, the room she would get, the dining facilities, and so much more, she realized it was an incredible opportunity for her to not just reconnect with friends she hadn’t talked to in years, but also to explore new activities, new interests, and make new friends.

It was a great relief for everyone in the family when Cindy finally agreed to look into assisted living. It was only a few short weeks later when she moved in to her new residence.

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