As the Days Shorten, More Opportunities for Exciting Activities May Await at Assisted Living

Autumn is here. It may be a welcome relief for some people, especially after a long, hot, brutally humid summer, but for others it can signify winter beginning to rear its ugly head. For some seniors, fall brings with it the idea of losing daylight, spending another long, difficult winter trapped inside, unable to go to the park, enjoy the outdoors, or even visit with friends as they may wish. This might be a wonderful time to talk about assisted living with an aging senior in your life.

How can people bring up the topic of assisted living?

Assisted Living Citronelle, AL: More Opportunities for Exciting Activities May Await at Assisted Living:

It’s advisable to learn as much as possible about these services before talking about it with an aging parent, grandparent, or friend. A person who doesn’t really know much about assisted living is not going to be able to answer objections or questions an aging senior may have.

Sometimes, those questions or objections are rooted in misconceptions about assisted living. For example, some aging men and women honestly believe there’s no difference between nursing home care and assisted living. In truth, the two are completely different.

Assisted living provides an independent living environment for aging men and women with various levels of direct support -physical and otherwise- by highly trained and experienced staff members. Some assisted living facilities will provide limited medical support and resources, but for somebody who is bedridden, requires around-the-clock nursing care, then most assisted living facilities will not be equipped to handle that type of situation.

Talk about the things this senior is missing out on.
Maybe he or she no longer drives. Perhaps their friends have moved away, passed away, or move into an assisted living facility themselves. Maybe they wish they could go for walks outside on nice, autumn afternoons. Maybe there are music, art, or other types of activities they would have loved to pursue but can’t get to a senior center that provides these chances on their own.

There are likely numerous openings and opportunities to begin talking about the benefits assisted living can offer. Just make sure that when you’re speaking of any type of specific situation, such as an artistic craft or music class, that you know firsthand that a assisted living facility does offer it.
When seniors realize they can still live independently, be surrounded by peers their own age who share common interests and can still visit with friends and family whenever they want, they become much more open to the prospect of assisted living.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living in Citronelle, 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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