Assisted Living Advice For Senior Overnight Respite Care

Respite Care: Assisted Living Daphne AL

Respite Care: Assisted Living Daphne AL

Have you ever heard about respite care services that may be available at a local assisted living community? If not, you and/or the senior in your life whom you might be helping and supporting could be missing out on some valuable assistance.

There are plenty of reasons why respite care might be a perfect solution for the senior in your life. Let’s look at three reasons why you may want to look into respite care at a local facility, find out if it’s available, and then take advantage of it.

Reason #1: It gives the senior an idea of what life is truly like at assisted living.

Most people make their decisions about assisted living based on misconceptions and assumptions. They assume it is like other types of elder care, and they may decide it’s not for them before they even look into it.

By taking advantage of respite care, a senior can stay overnight at a facility, for a few days a week, or maybe even for a week or more with a short-term commitment rather than a full-time, permanent solution.

Reason #2: The senior can meet and make new friends.

There are plenty of seniors who call assisted living home. An aging senior who has never considered assisted living might be able to make new friends. They may even find friends they had lost touch with a long time ago and reconnect with them because they are living at the facility now, too.

With respite care, these aging seniors who may not be ready to commit to full-time assisted living will be able to forge bonds, see who is there, and might even realize the value this offers just in terms of being surrounded by other seniors their own age, especially if they have similar challenges to them at this stage in life.

Reason #3: It keeps them safer than being home alone.

Many seniors will turn to family and friends for support when they need it. Whether it’s following a hospitalization, the result of some form of dementia, like Alzheimer’s, or other health issues and injuries, the first people that step up and provide support and care to an aging senior’s family.

Yet, in many of these cases, family can’t be there with the aging senior all the time. Unless he or she moves in with an adult child and his or her family, for example, that senior will most likely be home alone for an extended length of time.

With respite care, family doesn’t have to worry about their safety, especially at night. If an assisted living community offers this option, an aging senior can be dropped off in the evening, perhaps even enjoying a meal there, sleeping at the facility under the watchful care and support of the staff, and then be picked up to return home next morning.

That is a great way to help seniors stay safe while family caregivers and that support may not be available because they have other responsibilities and things to take care of themselves.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to Assisted Living in Daphne, 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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