Will There Be Activities for Every Senior at Assisted Living?

Everyone has different interests. What may be interesting to one individual may be completely boring or of absolutely no interest to another. When seniors are considering assisted living, there’s a lot of talk about the various activities that go on in these facilities.

Assisted Living in Theodore AL: Activities Available

Assisted Living in Theodore AL: Activities Available

Every assisted living facility is different.

It’s important not to get caught up in the idea that each assisted living community is the same. They are significantly different from one to the next, so it’s absolutely essential to contact any particular facility one might be interested in learning more about and go on a tour or at least stop by for a quick visit with an administrator.

What could some activities entail?

There are activities that involve games, arts and crafts, music, entertainment, and much more. Many seniors are often pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of activities that are put on at the particular assisted living community they chose. They may have had an idea of some of the activities, but they didn’t pique their interest enough, but several months after moving in, they discovered some new ideas that really captured their attention.

So, what about for every senior?

It’s not possible to make a blanket statement and assume there will be activities for every single elderly person who chooses assisted living. Some people have absolutely no interest in arts and crafts, playing board games or card games, or certain types of entertainment. So, as a result, there may be some assisted living communities that won’t appeal to every single senior.

Are activities the only important factor?

No. This is the important crux of the equation. While many seniors want to be comfortable and want to get along with other residents, they also have a tendency to focus on activities as being the make or break decision for them.

If any elderly person is having trouble keeping up with the general maintenance of their own home, has grown tired of constantly trying to clean, dust, prepare their own meals, and feels isolated and alone every single day, then assisted living does offer a wonderful alternative.

Look at it this way: if the senior was sitting at home alone, what kind of activities would he or she be doing? Just because an elderly person or other individual would rather complain about a lack of interesting activities at one of these communities, the reality is they wouldn’t be doing anything close to what’s available at assisted living if they were alone all the time.

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