Are There Assisted Living Facilities near Pascaugoula AL for People with Alzheimer’s?

When someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be difficult to accept.  There are so many misconceptions about this disease, and though it can be devastating to some and the long-term prospects are limited, and even though there is no cure, a person with this disease can still have many great years ahead of them. Assisted living can certainly help.Assisted Living Pascagoula AL

When someone is diagnosed with this disease, you may have questions about what you can do to ensure that they have a high quality of life.  Helping them focus on memory and strengthening their brain muscles is one thing that you can do.  There are also plenty of memory care assisted living communities throughout the country that have experience working with Alzheimer’s patients.

Alzheimer’s assisted living: is it any different than other types of assisted living?  There are some subtle differences in how someone with Alzheimer’s is care for, but in general, many patients who have this disease will reside within regular assisted living facilities with other elderly individuals.

When you’re looking for the right assisted living community for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, begin your search by evaluating the facilities in much the same way that you would if your loved one hadn’t been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Look for location and amenities.  Try to determine whether your loved one would be comfortable in a specific location or facility.

You want to find one that provides meals.  Three meals a day in a cafeteria or restaurant setting will likely be necessary as the disease progresses.  Depending on your loved one’s current condition, he or she may not be able to cook on their own anymore at this time, anyway.

Next, contact potential facilities and talk to them about what they do differently for someone with Alzheimer’s.  The disease moves through various stages, so it will depend on which stage your loved one is at for them to provide a more accurate representation of what they could do for them.  Keep in mind, though, that the earlier you get your loved one into a routine, the more it’s going to help him or her when the disease erodes their memories and causes them to forget where they are, who they’re with, and more.

Get started with your search for assisted living for your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease now. You’ll be glad you did.

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