As Autumn Peaks Around the Corner, Now Is a Perfect Time to Talk About Assisted Living

Summer is still in full swing and much of the country is suffering through yet another heat wave. The Northeast is sweating through the next few days, the Southeast is still mired in heat and humidity, and some tropical storms are once again firing up in the Atlantic and Gulf region. However, September is here and that means autumn is around the corner. That also means now might be an ideal time to begin discussing assisted living with an elderly parent or grandparent.

Why now is a great time to discuss assisted living.

Assisted Living Theodore, Al: Assisted Living and Seniors

Many people, especially elderly men and women might hunker down during the hottest summer days and weeks just to stay cool. They may spend the majority of their time indoors, especially if they have working air conditioning. During the cooler months of later September and October, that might be the time when aging seniors get outside more, enjoy the fall of the leaves, and go for walks at their local park.

For those seniors who may not have the physical capability of enjoying these types of activities now, at least not without direct physical support and assistance, they may feel left out. It also may become increasingly difficult to keep up with the general cleanliness and maintenance of their property.
Imagine the leaves falling and not having any physical capability to clear them from the walkways. Suddenly it rains and the piles of leaves become as slick as ice. A bitterly cold night could actually turn it into ice, far more stubborn to melt when the day doesn’t warm up as quickly as it had just a few weeks earlier.

When people are surrounded by a growing number of challenges, both physical and mental, they can quickly become overwhelmed. That sense of overwhelming could cause them to give up on many things they used to take for granted.

What can assisted living offer?
Not only could a quality assisted living facility provide an aging senior a respite from the constant upkeep and general maintenance of their house, lawn, and those all important walkways, they can also spend quality time with friends, make new friends, walk around the grounds, and get support (physical, if needed) from the staff as required.

With winter looming around the corner, it can feel frustrating for somebody in their late 70s, 80s, or 90s to constantly keep up with the demands that autumn brings. Relief can come in the form of assisted living.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living in Theodore, 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.
Google Verified Author