What Time of the Year Is the Best Time to Move into Assisted Living?

Choosing assisted living can be a wonderful option for many seniors. It might not be a decision one comes to lightly or even quickly, but even the most reticent seniors discover numerous benefits they never thought they would enjoy when they finally agree to move into assisted living.

One of the most important factors when choosing this for one’s future is the facility itself. That’s why it’s important to go on a tour, take advantage of every opportunity to see the grounds, rooms, entertainment, and other amenities. It’s also why the senior should be encouraged to ask as many questions as they feel necessary to help them with this important decision.

There may be questions about timing that come up. A common question some seniors (or at least their supportive family members, which might include a spouse or adult children) may have involves the time of the year.


Is there a time of the year that’s best to move into an assisted living facility?

Assisted Living Mobile, AL: Best Time to Move Into Assisted Living

No. Even for seniors who live in Alaska, a middle of winter move can be a wonderful decision, so long as it can be done in a safe manner. If a senior is going to be moving into assisted living, odds are they will not be helping with the direct moving of furniture, boxes, or other items from their home or apartment, either into their new room or a storage facility. So, the temperature outside isn’t going to impact them in many cases.
Spring and summer, though, can be a wonderful time to make this transition. During the winter months in most regions of the country, it will be a bit too cold to go out for walks, the trees will be bare, and the flowers will not be in bloom.
However, during the mid to late spring and summer months, life is in full bloom. This can make a transition to assisted living more comfortable.

Taking a stroll along the grounds.
When an elderly person moves into assisted living for the first time, there will be a lot to explore. If the facility has grounds where they can walk around, nicely paved paths, flower gardens, a well-maintained lawn, manicured bushes, and so forth, it can be a welcoming and comfortable environment in which to be surrounded.

This doesn’t mean spring and summer are the best times of the year to move, but if somebody’s considering assisted living, there simply is no better time to visit, take a tour, and make this type of transition than now.


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