3 Tips That Will Help You Choose the Ideal Assisted Living Facility for Mom

It’s not always easy making tough decisions. Sometimes those difficult decisions involve an elderly parent, grandparent, or somebody else you love. You might be trying to figure out the best assisted living facility for your elderly mother.

The last thing you want is to have your phone ringing off the hook every day, every hour after she moves in, her begging you to get her out of there.

You understand that assisted living is one of the best options for aging seniors. Finding the ideal one for a particular senior may not seem easy, however. We’ve put together three tips that can help you find the optimal one for this senior in your life.

Tip #1: Include the senior in the process.

Assisted Living Daphne, AL: Finding the Best Assisted Living

A lot of family, especially adult children who are helping their mother or father, have a tendency to take charge. They go out, investigate the various facilities, and make a decision based on what they think is most optimal for the senior.

That doesn’t include the aging person in the process. The best way to choose a quality assisted living facility that is going to be ideal for this individual is to include them in the entire process. Where possible, that includes going on a tour, looking at various options, and sitting down to go over all the details as a team.

Tip #2: Don’t assume this senior wants to move closer to you.

Wouldn’t it be great if grandma was closer to her grandkids? Well, do you know whether she wants to be close to you or to stay close to her friends and people she has built a community around for these past many years?

Many elderly people would prefer to remain in the town they live in rather than moving several hours away just to be closer to their adult children and grandchildren. Find out what your elderly mother wants first.

Tip #3: Make sure they can accommodate her needs.

Whether your mother has been diagnosed with some form of dementia, needs physical assistance, or just no longer wants to deal with the hassles of cleaning, cooking meals, and maintaining a home, not every facility can accommodate all needs.

Determine what those needs are before you begin the process of searching for an assisted living community. Then you will be in a good position to determine which facility is going to be an ideal choice for her.

Ultimately, though, remember, it is her decision.


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