3 Common Questions People Don’t Ask That Could Have Helped Them Realize Assisted Living Is a Great Option

Assisted Living in Daphne AL: 3 Common Unasked Questions

Assisted Living in Daphne AL: 3 Common Unasked Questions

How vital are questions? In truth, a question that isn’t asked is a significant loss of potential information. Unfortunately, it’s a lot easier for some people to not ask questions they have and rely on their own assumptions, misconceptions, or even prejudices than to actually learn the truth. When this happens, it becomes much more difficult to make a good decision about elder care.

Below are three common questions far too many people failed to ask and, when they didn’t, they weren’t armed with the right information that could have helped them realize assisted living is actually a wonderful option to consider.

Common Question #1: Isn’t it just a glorified nursing home?

Many people in the United States and around the world commonly confuse nursing home care with assisted living. That may be because nursing homes were the primary elder care option for people all across the country several decades ago. It wasn’t until the 1970s and 80s when assisted living started to become more popular.

Many nursing homes simply were understaffed and didn’t have the financial resources to provide adequate care for everyone who was in those environments. Today’s assisted living communities are often rated as high quality senior living establishments that provide the right level of support and care for those in need.

Common Question #2: Will they be able to come and go as they please?

We are talking about assisted living, not prison. For some reason seniors and their family members sometimes assume that moving into one of these communities means giving up their right to be independent. They think they won’t be able to go to the store, to the mall, or even to visit with friends without express permission, a security escort, and even a formal transfer of custody.

That is not the case at all. Seniors can live as independently as they want, but the staff are certainly going to look out for their safety and well-being while they are residents there.

Common Question #3: Isn’t that just for ‘old’ people?

A person who is over 55 may not feel like they need any help with their daily care, but even for those in their 60s and early 70s, they may assume these are communities just for people who are at the final stages of their life.

There could be any number of reasons why somebody moves into assisted living that have nothing to do with advanced age. There are people from all walks of life and of all different ages who choose this for their living environment and future, and love it.

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