3 Ways the Senior in Your Life Can Be Safer at Assisted Living

There are numerous risks seniors face while living at home, especially if theyre alone. Assisted living can be a wonderful option for people of advancing years, regardless of their physical abilities, energy levels, or precise age. 

When an aging senior is considering assisted living, they may have some reluctance. Most of the time this is associated with a lack of information or various misconceptions about it. At the end of the day, though, seniors at a quality assisted living community can actually be safer than if they remain at home, especially if they are alone. 

As June is National Safety Month, there are numerous ways safety is improved for aging men and women at assisted living. Let’s discuss just three of them here. 


1. They don’t have to worry about cleaning anymore.

Assisted Living Chickasaw, AL: Seniors Safety at Assisted Living

Cleaning may not have been a hazardous activity for a person throughout much of their adult life, but if they have experienced a major health emergency that diminished their ability to get around safely, are struggling with chronic health issues, or have other limitations, it can now be extra challenging. 

Instead of having to worry about cleaning the bathroom, changing light bulbs, reaching up onto shelves and other high places to dust, and so on, the senior can now relax and know that everything is taken care of for them. 

Without that worry about cleaning, taking out the garbage, maintaining the property and lawn and everything else, they can focus on things that are more important to them, like having a good time. 


2. Supportive staff.

While living at home alone, an aging senior may call on a family member, neighbor, or close friend for some help every once in a while, but when they are at assisted living, they don’t have to worry about that. 

The supportive staff at a quality assisted living facility will be responsive to many of the needs their residents have. If, for example, an aging senior has a difficult time with something one day in their room, they may be able to call on staff to help. 

That can be a great mental benefit allowing people to be more relaxed and worry less. That’s a great way to stay safer. 


3. They won’t be alone. 

Many times, loneliness is an unspoken safety hazard. That’s because when a person feels isolated and alone, they are less likely to care so much about their own safety, even neglecting how dangerous certain tasks actually are. 

With a sense of community, making new friends, and having a new purpose in life (not to mention an increase in their quality of life), that will likely encourage the senior to be more diligent about their safety. 

All of these are great reasons why it can often be safer at assisted living than to be home alone. 


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