It’s Tempting to Have an Aging Parent Move in with You, but Will They Be Surrounded by Peers, Activities, and a Safe Environment Like Assisted Living May Offer?

You may be considering talking to your elderly mother about moving in with you. That seems to be the best idea at this time, but is it going to be best for her? Or is it better for you? Many adult children think they could better care for this elderly parent in the comfort of their own home rather than dealing with the commute, worrying about them at night, when they can’t visit, and so on.

Assisted living is one of the better options, even better than moving in with family.

Assisted Living Fairhope AL Assisted Living Benefits

Assisted Living Fairhope AL Assisted Living Benefits

There are certainly wonderfully altruistic reasons why so many Americans try to convince their aging parents, especially widowed parents, to move in with them when they begin having difficulty with their own basic care. One of the key reasons they want to do this is to make sure they remain safe.

They also would love the opportunity to spend more time with this mother or father. That can certainly be a reciprocal desire, but as most people work and have numerous other responsibilities throughout the day, it’s not always possible or even realistic to be spending that much more quality time with one another.

What is this aging parent going to be doing when you’re at work?

Will she be puttering around the house, watching TV, doing needlework, and possibly even longing for the times she spent with her friends playing games and doing other activities? These may very well be some of the same things she did while living at home alone.

Assisted living can offer many other opportunities.

A quality assisted living facility will have various activities its elderly residents can partake in. Your mother will be able to meet with other seniors, new friends, and possibly reconnect with people she hasn’t seen in many, many years.

The vast majority of seniors who ultimately decide assisted living is best for them end up thrilled with their decision. It’s not just the fact they can take part in a variety of activities, but it’s also about connecting socially with peers their own age.

Human beings are social creatures and long to be around others. Even the shyest people in the world become lonely when they feel isolated, cut off, and unable to meet up with friends on a regular basis. Assisted living gives seniors those opportunities and it might just be a better option that provides a higher quality of life for your aging parent than having him or her move in with you.

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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