What to Do about So-Called ‘Unreasonable’ Rules at Assisted Living

Spanish Fort, AL – ‘Unreasonable Rules at Assisted Living

When Michael’s adult children started talking to him about assisted living, he wasn’t too keen on looking into this living situation. He felt comfortable and safe in the home had been living for the past 10 years.

Over time, though, he had to begin to admit the challenges and struggles he was facing with his own basic care,Assisted Living Spanish Fort AL including his safety. He finally agreed to begin looking at various assisted living facilities in the area. He told his children that this wasn’t a commitment, but that he could certainly see the potential benefits.

The first place they visited wasn’t too far from his current home. This was appealing to him because it would allow his friends to visit and he would still be able to get to the stores he was familiar with. They scheduled a tour and with his children driving him, they all visited on a Thursday morning.

Stepping into the lobby felt like he was walking into a luxurious apartment complex. The vaulted ceilings, plush furniture, beautiful carpeting, and spiral staircase heading up to the second floor was what captured his attention first. The dining room had the appearance of a five-star restaurant.

Even the rooms they were shown seemed to be spacious, comfortable, and some of them had incredible views of the park across the street. This was a place Michael could see himself being comfortable in and enjoy.

When the tour was over they sat down with one of the administrators who began to go over numerous rules that had to be agreed upon before moving in. Michael was a bit concerned about some of these rules. He talked to his children afterword, calling some of the rules unreasonable.

His son agreed that it was strange to have these types of rules in place, especially for independent, elderly individuals who only required basic assistance in their life. His daughter didn’t seem to understand his concerns.

Even though Michael loved the facility and could see himself being comfortable there, he decided that the rules didn’t fit into his lifestyle and they looked at other facilities instead.

Like Michael, any person who is looking into assisted living doesn’t need to agree to move into one, especially if they believe there is something missing for them or the rules are unreasonable at this point in time. The important thing is to be comfortable in the living situation, so it may be best to look for an assisted living community in which the elderly individual would be happiest.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living near Spanish Fort, 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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