When Someone Needs Long-Term Care, Assisted Living Is a Great Option

Assisted Living in Citronelle AL

It’s never easy to witness a parent or other family member getting older, losing strength, mobility, and balance. It’s not easy to witness a loved one struggling to take care of themselves and stay Assisted-Living-in-Citronelle-ALsafe, even within the comfort of their own home. We want to help. We want to support them. However, we may have time restrictions, lack of experience, and simply may not be able to offer the kind of care support they need for the long-term aspect of their life.

When a person requires any type of long-term care, there are a number of options. One of those options is assisted living.

November is National Long-Term Care Awareness Month and there are a number of reasons why assisted living is a great option to consider. Contrary to popular belief, assisted living is a lot more affordable than many people realize.

First, the cost of assisted living is not much more, on average, than full-time home care assistance.

Many people unfortunately buy into the philosophy that hiring a home care aide is less than half the cost of assisted living. There are certain regions of the country where assisted living may very well be more expensive, but on average, based on full-time, 40 hours a week care from an experienced caregiver hired through an agency, assisted living is actually less expensive.

Second, seniors are surrounded by peers.

When a person is surrounded by others their own age, sharing many of the same interests, they often feel much more comfortable. Human beings are social creatures and are designed to spend time with other humans. In this kind of environment, seniors get an opportunity to reconnect with friends they may have lost touch with a long time ago or at least make new friends.

Third, there are plenty of activities to enjoy.

When a person has been dealing with physical challenges that limit their ability to get out and stay active and involved in a variety of activities, it can increase feelings of isolation, loneliness, and depression.

By choosing assisted living, they will be able to stay as active as they want to be or remain within the comfort of their own room for a while, if they prefer.

Finally, it reduces stress and anxiety on everyone in the family.

When a senior requires long-term care, choosing assisted living can reduce a lot of anxiety and concern among family members as well as a senior himself or herself.

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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