Are You Considering Assisted Living for Your Loved One? Learn What Things You Should Focus On When Visiting Facilities to Ensure the Safety of Your Loved One.

Things to Look for at Assisted Living in Mobile, AL to Know Your Loved One will be Safe

One of the most important things when you’re talking about an elderly loved one who requires help is ensuring his or her safety. The topic of assisted living may have come up and if your loved one agrees that this would be the best option for them at this time, there are certain things to focus on when looking at various facilities.Assisted Living Mobile AL

Keeping the elderly individual safe is a top priority for most assisted living communities across the country. However, some facilities are simply better equipped to promote and provide safety for their residents than others.

Below are several things you may want to look at when it comes to assisted living.

  1. The individual and community bathrooms.

Depending on the size of the assisted living facility, there may be community bathrooms on each floor as well as bathrooms in each apartment. If so, check the safety for each individual apartment bathroom, at least the one your loved one will be staying in, as well is community bathroom.

Are there grab bars installed around the showers? What about the toilets? Is the height of the toilet appropriate and if it is a low seated toilet, is there a mobile seat that can help your loved one eased down in a safer manner?

  1. Support rails in the hallways.

If the assisted living facility caters to elderly individuals who have diminished strength and other health related issues, there may be certain rails along the hallways to provide support to the individual.

You’ll also want to see if the hallways are wide enough for wheelchairs and walkers to get by one another without too much trouble.

  1. If there is an eat-in kitchen in the apartment, what safety provisions are there?

Is there a fire extinguisher in each apartment? Is there any way for the elderly resident to call for help in the event of an emergency, whether it occurs in the bathroom or near their bed?

  1. How often do staff members check on residents?

Do staff members check on residents on a regular basis, especially if they are not seen out and about for a specific amount of time?

These are all potential safety considerations that you may want to make when looking into assisted living. Many assisted living communities throughout the United States focus on safety as a top priority. When it’s your loved one, though, you want to make sure it is.

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