Understanding Precisely What an Aging Parent Will Need at Assisted Living Can Be Integral in Choosing the Best Facility

What does it mean to ‘choose the right assisted living facility?’ That depends on the individual. Everyone will have a different opinion about what would be optimal in various living situations.

Assisted Living in Pascagoula AL: Understanding What an Aging Parent Needs

Assisted Living in Pascagoula AL: Understanding What an Aging Parent Needs

Some seniors will simply not want to move from their current home.

As people get older, the physical challenges they face are going to increase. That’s the natural process of aging. No matter how physically active a person in their 70s or 80s is, no matter how much exercise they get every single day, there will come a time when they can no longer perform some of those tasks they used to take for granted.

When that day arrives, are they going to remain safe at home? Will there be the right type of physical support on hand to assist them whenever they need help? If not, that’s where assisted living could be a valuable asset.

What does this senior need right now?

Whether it’s related to medical care, mental stimulation, physical challenges, emotional distress, or something else, the more a person understands about the direct needs of an aging senior, the easier it will be for that individual to explain why assisted living would be a great asset moving forward.

Will this senior need help with basic mobility?

Not every assisted having facility is going to be able to handle a significant amount of the physical needs of all residents. For example, an assisted living facility is not the same as a nursing home, and if an individual is essentially bedridden, they may not get the kind of care and attention at assisted living they may need, especially if they require a significant amount of medical intervention, administering of medications, or checkups.

However, if an elderly person may need assistance getting out of bed and getting dressed in the morning, but not all the time, and are otherwise able to stay as active as they wish, assisted living would be a far better alternative than a nursing home environment.

Determine exactly what level of support and assistance an aging senior requires at this time in his or her life. Also sit down and talk to them about activities they may want to pursue once more, if they had the right support on hand to do so safely, what they foresee with regard to their future, and together you should be able to determine whether assisted living would be a great option for this individual moving forward.

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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