3 Ways Your Senior Lives Healthier with Assisted Living

Assisted Living Spanish Fort AL

Assisted Living Spanish Fort AL

Your elderly mother may be struggling with a variety of health issues. Maybe she’s generally a healthy person, but has had a rough go of it lately due to a variety of factors. You want her to be healthy. You want her to be happy. You might have heard about assisted living and why this is a great elder care option for people her age, but maybe you don’t know a whole lot about it.

In fact, you might wonder whether she actually lives healthier or if this would be the beginning of the end of her life. You don’t want her to feel neglected, cut off, or ignored. Let us reassure you that when it comes to various elder care options, assisted living is one of the best. That’s because it’s not really about end-of-life care, which is more of what hospice offers, but rather helping aging men and women live life to the fullest.

Below are three ways that your aging mother might live a healthier life at assisted living rather than remaining home alone.


Every assisted living community is different, so don’t make the mistake of assuming they’re all the same. Some might have high-tech fitness centers that are specifically designed for people of advancing years. There might also be a variety of activities that allow seniors to get exercise in a more natural way, like walking, yoga, and so forth.

If your elderly mother is pretty much stagnant, not getting much exercise at home right now, she would definitely be getting healthier if you participated in these types of activities at a local assisted living facility, assuming they are available.

Eating Better

Many seniors, when they have difficulty with mobility and strength, resort to eating the simplest meals possible. This might include frozen dinners, skipping meals altogether, or doing fast food or getting something delivered.

That’s not often healthy. At a quality assisted living facility, however, they should have a fine dining experience with a chef, nutritious meals, and options for seniors to recommend certain meals they might want to try in the future.

Mental Health

When people are alone all the time, not going anywhere, having very little contact with other people, including you or other family members, that can increase the risk of depression or depressive symptoms. By being surrounded by peers her own age, friendly staff members, and plenty of things to do, her emotional outlook will likely improve.

There are no guarantees in life. It’s important that you check with a specific assisted living community to find out what they offer and provide, as well as how best they might be able to support your elderly mother.

At the end of the day, though, when it comes to elder care for those in need, assisted living is one of the best options to consider. It truly does help seniors live life on their terms and to the fullest.

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