Assisted Living Facilities for Senior Care in Chickasaw AL: – Adjusting

Many articles are written on the aging parents making the adjustment to an assisted living facility. How about you, the adult child? – There is an adjustment for you as well.  Perhaps you’ve always had your parents close and done many things together; maybe you’ve even been the primary caregiver for a time. But now that they are in assisted living are your worries over?  It’s normal to be concerned about how they are doing.Senior Care Chickasaw AL

It can be difficult to go to work every day knowing you have just put your loved one into assisted living. Yes, you feel confidence in that their needs are being met, but you worry about their mental and emotional state of mind.  You don’t want them to feel deserted or somehow abandoned.

Remember that as well as meeting their primary needs, the assisted living community also offers amenities and services that help to encourage mental and emotional well-being through social activities.  Your loved one can live a fulfilling, happy life at assisted living; there is no need to worry while you are at work each day.

What can you do to help?

Most of your uneasiness probably comes from worrying about your loved one. If you aren’t sure your loved one is getting involved enough in her new place, there are some things you can do to help.

  • Make sure they get involved – social activity is crucial to emotional well-being. Encourage them to become involved in the many social events that are offered. There is usually something to appeal to almost everyone.
  • Ask their friends and other family members to visit – extend an invitation to others to go to the assisted living center and visit your loved one.  Make sure you continue your efforts in visiting regularly.  You could even make a schedule of when you will come so they can look forward to your visit.
  • Make a contact list for them – this list would be very comforting for your loved one to have and would also put their fears at ease.  Include their primary physician, your name and phone number (in times of distress their mind may go blank) .  Add a few  other close friends and relatives to the list. Make the printing large so they can see it without glasses and place in a prominent place.
  • Make them as comfortable as possible – decorate their room to look the most like their old place as possible so they feel at home.  The more they feel at home the more at ease you will be.

If your loved ones are in search of an assisted living facility , please contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living in Chickasaw, AL 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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