Aging with Class at Assisted Living

Assisted Living in Fairhope AL: Aging with Class

Assisted Living in Fairhope AL: Aging with Class

What does it mean to age with class? It basically means a person is ‘aging well.’ In other words, that individual understands they are getting older, they understand the limitations, and they know full well that there are things they used to enjoy but can no longer pursue.

It also means they’re staying active.

When some people reach a certain age and are dealing with health issues, the loss of strength in their legs, balance related problems, and more, they might give up. They may have a tendency to simply sit around and wait for each day to end.

Others see this as an opportunity, since they are no longer working a full-time job, to stay as active as they want to be. Some take up a new form of art or music, pursue other hobbies and activities, and some even travel.

When a person decides on assisted living for their future, they can age with dignity and class there just as easily as they can do it in their own home. In fact, it might be easier to age well at assisted living for many reasons.

First, they will be surrounded by their peers.

Every assisted living facility has a minimum age requirement for people to move in. It might be 55, 60, or 65. What this means is that every resident is of advancing years. They will be considered peers, even to those in their 70s, 80s, or 90s.

When a person is surrounded by others who share common experiences in life, who are at the same stage in life as they are, it becomes easier to forge friendships and strong bonds.

Second, they will have ideal support.

When a person tries to remain at home because they don’t want to move, they might not be as safe as they were in their younger years. By putting themselves at risk, they are not really aging with the kind of dignity or class they could.

They’re putting themselves at unnecessary risk and that can be a problem not just for them but their family, friends, or even their neighbors.

At assisted living, people have adequate support from other residents and, more importantly, highly experienced and trained staff members.

Finally, they often find activities they enjoy.

By pursuing an activity the senior enjoys, it’s much easier to be positive about every day, rather than complaining and wishing things were different. More and more seniors are realizing the benefits of assisted living and, when they choose this for the future, they actually feel better about the aging process.

If you or an aging loved one are considering assisted living in Fairhope, 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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