Are You and Your Spouse Struggling at Home Taking Care of One Another? Find Out How Assisted Living Might Just be the Right Answer.

Assisted Living for Spouses near Saraland, AL

One Couple’s Decision It’s Time to Move into Assisted Living near Saraland, AL”

Jane and Mike had been married for twenty years. They didn’t have any children together as they met later in life, but they cared about each other deeply and when their respective health conditions began to significantly decline through the years, they leaned on one another for their basic care. Jane was assisting Mike in bathing and Mike was helping Jane get out of bed from time to time.Assisted Living Saraland AL

Over the years their friends all began to move away and this was taking an emotional toll on them. They were beginning to feel lonelier and more isolated. Even though they had each other, they couldn’t help feeling as though life was becoming a greater struggle. Finally one evening while they were eating dinner together Jane brought up the concept of moving into an assisted living community.

At first Mike wasn’t going to even hear of such a thing. He had often associated assisted living with nursing homes: some decrepit place that was filled with sick and dying people who were neglected, ignored, and living in their own filth. It took a while but Jane finally managed to discover just what was causing him to have such an impression about these places.

When she talked about an assisted living facility in particular, she did so with such passion and thrill that Mike had no choice but to listen. The more he listened, the more he began to realize that either he was thinking of something that had once happened a long, long time ago, or he was thinking about something else entirely, such as nursing home care.

Mike’s next concern was that they wouldn’t be able to live together if they moved into the assisted living facility. For him, he associated these places with single men and women who had lost their spouses. He didn’t know that married couples could move into the residences and enjoy all of the perks and benefits that they had to offer. He didn’t know that just because they were married and still together they could still enjoy assisted living.

The more he learned about it from Jane, the more Mike warmed to the idea. She sealed his commitment to move when he found out that one of their best friends, a couple, was already living there (he thought they had moved too far away to visit). Now he was excited and couldn’t wait to experience assisted living for himself.

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