3 Clear Signs an Aging Parent Would Benefit from Assisted Living

One of the most difficult things for some middle-aged adults is seeing their parents (or parent) getting older, struggling with basic care at home, and constantly being called to stop by and help. Most of us are more than willing to help, but we also know our time is limited. Sometimes we will sit up late at night, staring into the dark, wondering if there’s a better option. Assisted living could very well be that better option.

If you’re trying to figure out if your elderly mother or father, possibly both, would be better off at assisted living, here are three clear signs that this is a topic to begin discussing now.

Sign #1: They’re constantly calling for help.

Assisted Living Chickasaw, AL: Signs an Aging Parent Would Benefit from Assisted Living

You live close to them. They may be in the same town. Perhaps on the same street. In some cases, they may be living right next door or even in the same house. Yet, you have a full-time job, a career, you might still be raising children and have other responsibilities; in other words, your time is limited.

If they’re constantly calling for assistance just about every day, perhaps multiple times throughout the day, that is going to begin impacting you in a negative way. It’s also a clear sign they need to consider other options. Assisted living is one of them.

Sign #2: They’re talking about how lonely they are.
As people get older it might become more difficult to get out, visit with friends, and do other things they had taken for granted. At an assisted living facility, not only will they be surrounded by peers their own age, many of them sharing common interests, but depending on the facility there may be certain activities, including arts and crafts and entertainment, that can help to dramatically improve their quality of life.

At a quality assisted living facility, most residents no longer report feeling lonely like they had while living alone.

Sign #3: They talk about things they wish they could still do.
Maybe it’s playing games with friends. Maybe it’s going to the mall and just walking around in the morning to get exercise. Perhaps it’s doing some type of art or other craft. Whatever it may be, a decent, quality assisted living facility is going to provide numerous opportunities for their residents to stay active, actively engaged in life, and feeling fulfilled.

Quality of life often improves for most people when they finally see the benefits assisted living offers and agrees to move.


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