Alzheimer’s Care and Assisted Living near Spanish Fort AL:Why Assisted Living Makes Sense

Alzheimer’s disease is a common form of dementia.  This disease causes serious changes in a senior’s life.  It can weaken the thought processing ability.  This, in turn, causes drastic changes in the senior’s mood, behavior and memory.  The symptoms can vary in each person but in each person it progresses until more intensive levels of care are needed. Assisted Living Spanish Fort AL

What are the signs of Alzheimer’s?As senior ages, forgetting some things is a natural process.  Your loved one may misplace the car keys or forget someone’s name, but it does come back to them later.  These are typical age related changes and are nothing to worry about.  However, the signs listed below may point to the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

  • Having memory loss, which is disrupting the senior’s daily life.
  • If the senior is having difficulty solving problems.
  • If a familiar task is suddenly difficult to complete.
  • If the senior gets confused about where he or she is and what time of the day it is.
  • If the senior is having trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
  • If suddenly there is difficulty with words when speaking or writing.
  • He or she is misplacing things more frequently and losing the ability to retrace his or her steps.
  • Decreased or poor judgment.
  • Withdrawing from work or social activities, which were formally enjoyed.
  • If you are noticing drastic changes in the mood and in the personality of a senior.

If you and other family members are noticing two or more of these signs, you need to get your senior to a doctor.

These are a few ways a home care service can help.  If your loved one is developing Alzheimer’s, a home care provider can make staying in the comfort of their home a more likely possibility.   A caregiver can help to create a safer environment for your senior.  This companion can help in many ways such as providing mind-stimulating activities.  A care provider can supervise daily activities and provide nutritious meals for your senior.  A home care provider can help to manage changing behavior and still create social interaction. Other ways a home care provider can help is by providing assistance in dressing, bathing, task like housekeeping, and laundry if needed.  The companion can also help with medication by reminding your senior it’s time to take the medication.

Alzheimer’s is an insidious disease, which slowly takes our loved ones from us.  They are here physically but not here mentally; they are in a world of their own.  All we can do is make sure they are loved and taken care of to the best of our ability.  But with a capable home care provider, your senior can remain at home, well cared for and happy.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living  in Spanish Fort AL,  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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