Learning Enough About Assisted Living Often Means Asking Questions and Taking a Tour

How do we learn about various topics? We may sit in a class, lecture, or seminar and have an individual provide us a lot of information. We might read books, watch videos, or have other methods by which we learn new things. Of course, learning new material often brings up questions and if we don’t ask those questions, we may not learn as much as we could have otherwise, or it may not be the most accurate information (we may become confused.) When it comes to assisted living, asking questions is one of the best ways to truly understand whether this would be a beneficial asset for you or somebody you care about.

Assisted Living in Fairhope AL: Asking Questions and Taking a Tour

Assisted Living in Fairhope AL: Asking Questions and Taking a Tour

A great way to begin the process of learning is by taking a tour.

A quality assisted living community will provide opportunities for seniors and their families to go on tours. Some facilities only provide the tours on the weekend while others have different times throughout the week. Some require advanced notice and reservations to go on a tour because they limit just how many people will go on one of these excursions.

When a person is about to take a tour of an assisted living facility, they should be prepared (as prepared as possible) with questions they’ve already thought up. Other questions may arise and some of the ones they had might be answered on the tour itself, but the more people learn and understand about the benefits of assisted living, the more likely they will realize this is a great option and opportunity for men and women who have some need for assistance or who simply no longer wish to be living alone or struggling to take care of their house or apartment.

What kind of questions might a person ask on a tour?

They can ask about the cost. They can ask about length of stay. They might want to know more about the dining facility. Some of the better assisted living facilities will have a restaurant style dining area with a quality chef providing a wonderful selection on their menu.

They may wish to ask about activities. What kind of activities generally take place throughout the week? Is there entertainment? If so, do the residents have options with regard to movies or other programming that is provided?

What about medical care? Does a visiting nurse work at the facility to administer medications for those who need it? Does a doctor make regular visits to check in on various residents?

What about the room itself? How large is the room? Are pets allowed? Will a resident be able to take certain items of furniture with them? What about pictures for the walls?

These are just a few sample questions that may be necessary to ask to help somebody determine if assisted living is right for them at this time in their life.

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