How Safe Is Assisted Living?


Assisted Living in Citronelle AL: How Safe Is Assisted Living?

Safety is often a top concern for family members of elderly loved ones, especially when they are living alone. They might look into various options, including assisted living. They want their loved one to be as safe as possible, but how safe are these facilities?

It depends on the facility.

As with most things in life, you can’t really say one place is safe and have it apply to all similar types of places. Every assisted living facility is different, so it’s important to acknowledge that each facility may have its own benefits and limitations or liabilities with regard to safety.

The best thing anyone can do is to schedule a tour at an assisted living facility, speak to the administrators, and observe what types of safety features are in place for elderly residents.

The attentiveness of staff is important.

If the facility does not have enough staff members on hand, it could put certain residents at unnecessary risk. This is especially true for an elderly individual who has difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, who relies on help to do so, but has to wait for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour, or more. The longer a person has to wait for physical assistance, the greater the chances are they will attempt to do whatever they need help with on their own.

When a facility is properly staffed and when the staff members are attentive to the needs of their residents, safety records are usually much more impeachable and impeccable.

The senior needs to plan properly.

Safety is also up to the elderly individual. If he or she requires any type of physical support and assistance, they need to make sure they express those needs when applying for residence at a facility. They need to be honest about their own limitations.

It’s great to have a great deal of pride and not want to be open and honest about one’s limitations, but that’s not going to do anything to benefit them with regard to safety.

For those concerned about the safety and well-being of an elderly parent or other loved one, encouraging them to consider assisted living is one of the best options they have available to them.

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