3 Ways to Help Encourage Seniors to Try Assisted Living

Assisted Living Mobile AL

Assisted Living Mobile AL

There are times when you know what is right, what is best, but another person may not see it the same way. You might be at that stage with a discussion about assisted living, either with your spouse, sibling, aging parent, grandparent, neighbor, or somebody else you care about.

If it’s an aging parent, there is a dynamic to your relationship that is difficult to change. For most of your life they were the mom or dad. They were the disciplinarians. They were the ones to encourage you, discourage you from bad things, and be there ready to support you when you fell.

Family Caregivers

Now, that relationship dynamic has completely changed. You’re the one who’s taking care of them. You are trying to offer encouragement, keep them from getting hurt, and disciplining when necessary. You don’t want that role. You never wanted to become their primary caregiver, but they won’t listen about elder care options. You have looked into assisted living and know this would be ideal for them, but when it comes to topics of elder care, they always seem to change the subject.

How can you change this? How can you alter their perspective? Let’s give you a few ideas that might help you offer some encouragement to get them to at least look at it more closely.

Mention Respite Care, If Available

Before talking about respite care, find out from a local assisted living community if they have those options. This basically means short-term stays. It could be overnights, a few days a week, for a week or two at a time.

Respite care can show, without question, exactly what the community is like to live there. But it doesn’t demand any type of long-term commitment. Your elderly mother or father can try it out, get to know some of the residents already there, see some of the activities, and make a more informed decision about it for their future.

Talk About Activities They May No Longer Do

Maybe your elderly mother stopped gardening because she didn’t have help and simply couldn’t manage that physical job herself. Maybe your father doesn’t get together with friends for poker night or to play golf or do some other activity.

Perhaps a local assisted living community can offer those options still. Depending on physical abilities, safety, and other factors, your aging parent might very well be able to participate in a wide range of activities they never even thought about…yet.

Talk About Community

People want to connect with others, especially those with whom they have common interests, experiences, and ideas. It’s difficult to do that when you live alone. When you don’t drive or no longer are able to get around on your own, then what kind of community is available to you?

Talk about the options that seniors have when they choose assisted living for their future. They get to meet others, perhaps connect with friends they lost touch with long ago, and discover that quality of life is still possible, even at their age, even with their failing health or limited mobility or other physical challenges, as long as they are in the right living environment.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to Assisted Living in Mobile, 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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