Assisted Living Can Change Lives (for the Better)

A lot of people unfortunately presume that making a move to assisted living is a sign that the end of life is fast approaching. In reality, assisted living offers seniors incredible options that not only help them engage in life more, but also maintain a higher quality of life, thus improving their health, vitality, energy levels, and satisfaction.

Assisted Living in Fairhope AL: Changing Lives for the Better

Assisted Living in Fairhope AL: Changing Lives for the Better

Assisted living can truly change lives for the better.

Consider the case of a 76-year-old woman who has been living alone for the past few years since her husband passed away. As a widow, she might have had a great support network of friends and family during those initial years. Yet, the older people get, the more likely they hear about friends and others passing away or moving out of the area.

Eventually, this 76-year-old woman finds herself spending most of her time alone. She wakes up and gets out of bed without too much trouble. She gets into and out of the shower without an issue. She prepares a healthy breakfast, reads the newspaper, and then turns on the TV.

She may watch mindless television programming for the next several hours. She may go into the closet looking for a puzzle she hasn’t done in a long time. Her routine becomes too routine. She becomes bored. When these things happen, many people wonder what the point of life is. After all, if all you do is get up, putter around, and wish you could spend more time with others, that can feel like a drag.

This woman, when she chooses assisted living, will suddenly be surrounded by other seniors who share many common interests with her. These might include music, movies or television shows to talk about, arts and crafts, going to the mall and just walking around for a few hours, or even volunteering at their local church.

She suddenly has something to look forward to each day.

That’s what a quality assisted living community can offer seniors. Purpose. They can get up, know they have friends in the area to talk to. They will realize it’s not a matter of ‘if’ they will find something interesting to do that day, but what they would choose to do among all of the incredible options.

Many seniors are often thrilled with their decision to choose assisted living. They may have been reluctant at first, but the more they learned about it the more appealing it had become. Then, when they moved in and started living their life at this new residence, they discovered how much they had been missing out on previously.

If you or an aging loved one are considering assisted living in Fairhope, 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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