5 Signs Dad Might be Leaning toward Assisted Living

Assisted Living in Saraland AL

Maybe you’ve been trying to convince your elderly father to consider assisted living for some time but he never really took to the idea. Lately, though, things have been changing and he has beenAssisted-Living-Saraland-AL talking about a certain assisted living facility that is not too far away from home.

In the past, the topic of assisted living or some other senior care option may have been a touchy one and he was visibly upset that you would even consider such a thing. Many people have various misconceptions about modern assisted living communities and associate them with nursing home care. The two are completely different.

Nursing home care is generally reserved for those individuals who require a significant level of medical assistance during the day and overnight. Assisted living is basically an independent living situation that is very similar to an upscale apartment community. However, where this differs from an apartment community are the activities and resources available to every resident within the assisted living community, along with support when they need it.

Most of these facilities have state-of-the-art entertainment centers, exercise facilities, highly experienced staff members, walking areas in and around the grounds, and much more. If you’re trying to figure out whether your father is actually beginning to contemplate moving to an assisted living facility in the area, here are five potential signs that may indicate it’s on his mind.

Sign #1: He’s talking about a friend who lives in one of these facilities.

When your father is talking about a friend who recently moved into an assisted living facility, he may be hinting that he might actually be ready to talk about it more seriously.

Sign #2: He is asking questions about facilities in the area.

If he asked you in an offhand way what type of senior living communities are in the area, he may be trying to gain some more information. He could be embarrassed about his reaction in the past and that’s the only way he can actually bring the topic up with you comfortably.

Sign #3: He keeps talking about things he wishes he could do.

Maybe your father spends most of his time alone and laments that fact. If he’s talking about games he wouldn’t mind playing with friends or other activities, it may be time to revisit the topic.

Sign #4: You’ve found information about assisted living in his house.

He might have sent away for a brochure or some information from a local assisted living facility. Maybe this was his way of trying to answer questions he couldn’t ask of you.

Sign #5: He is expressed concerns about his safety at home.

Yes, there are other options, but if your father is talking about being uncomfortable and feeling unsafe at home, this is a great time to revisit the topic of assisted living.


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