An Eagerness for New Activities and Friends Is What Leads Many Seniors to Assisted Living

What is it about assisted living that draws so many seniors to look into this for their future? Yes, there are plenty of elderly men and women who don’t even want to consider the idea of moving out of their house, but for every single aging person in this country who wants to remain at home, there’s another who realizes how valuable assisted living could be.

Assisted Living in Chickasaw AL: Eagerness for New Activities and Friends

Assisted Living in Chickasaw AL: Eagerness for New Activities and Friends

Many facilities provide a variety of activities.

Every assisted living community is different, but many provide wonderful opportunities for their residents to take part in activities, entertainment, and even get out and about on a regular basis. When a person is spending most of their time alone, waiting day after day for family or friends to call or stop by for a visit, that can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. That can increase the risk of depression and other mental health challenges.

TV and the Internet are certainly helpful in keeping people entertained, but life is a lot more than just being entertained; it’s about social interaction, connectivity, and purpose. The right assisted living community should be able to offer elderly residents a wide range of activities in which to take part as well as a community of peers who share common interests.

So, is it the activity or residents that matter most?

Everyone is different, but even for those aging seniors who are eager to move into an assisted living facility because of the activities they provide each week, it’s also often about the friendships they can establish, friends they haven’t seen in a long time with whom they might be able to reconnect, and new friends they will make.

Some people have a lot of questions about assisted living. These questions can lead to reservations and doubts. The best way to overcome these concerns, questions, and possibly even worries or fears is to go on a tour.

What a tour can offer.

A quality assisted living facility should provide an in-depth tour of their community. This will give seniors and possibly their families some insight into what the place looks like, what the rooms offer, what types of entertainment or other services are available, and possibly even a chance to see firsthand how other residents actually feel about this community.

Any elderly man or woman who is contemplating assisted living and who may even be enthusiastic about the prospect should be encouraged to take a tour. It’s far better to discover what life will be like so that enthusiasm may even grow.

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