Assisted Living Can Unleash the Creative Force in You

Assisted Living in Saraland AL

One thing Marjorie didn’t expect when she finally agreed to look into assisted living was the potential to explore her creative side. For the longest time her children had been encouraging her to atAssisted-Living-Saraland-AL least consider the prospect of moving into an assisted living facility.

At that time, she was living in the house she had shared with her husband for more than 30 years. She wasn’t interested in moving, even though she was having difficulty getting around on her own, had been widowed for more than five years, and noticed the cleanliness and condition of her house beginning to decline each passing month.

At times, it was frustrating for her to listen to her children about assisted living. She was adamant about her desire to remain at home for the rest of her life. However, as more of her friends began to move into various facilities in the area, and when she was talking to them and they seemed completely happy, she decided to look into it for herself.

She finally decided on a particular facility where two of her closest friends had moved and were raving about it. Within the first week, those friends and other seniors began to make their presence known, luring her out of her room and showing her the various activities and amenities this facility offered.

Marjorie noticed a particular art class that was going on one afternoon. She inquired about possibly getting into it, and one of the staff members encouraged her to step into the class, sit down, and enjoy herself.

Within the next couple of weeks, learning more about this form of art was just about all Marjorie could think about. She felt compelled to keep creating more and more works of art and she was completely thrilled by the results. No, she didn’t have any illusions about becoming the next Picasso or other great artist, but she never had tapped into her creative side before and the thrill was exhilarating.

Many assisted living communities provide a wide range of classes and other activities that their residents can enjoy. For those who have not delved into art or any type of craft in the past, it has the potential to unleash a powerful creative force inside.

January is International Creativity Month and for Marjorie and other seniors, assisted living is an ideal place to not only discover one’s passion for art and creativity, but to also help unleash it.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living near Saraland, 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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