Assisted Living in Daphne AL: What Questions Should You Ask About Assisted Living ?

Do you have an elderly loved one who has had a health problem, or injury that is making it more difficult for them to live on their own? Are you planning on moving them to an assisted living facility or personal care home? Are they already living there?

The most important thing when it comes to caring for our aging loved ones should be to make sure that they are not only healthy and safe, but that they are also happy. Too often, we have a tendency to rush to decisions, assuming that we know what’s in their best interest and forget to ask them what they want, or what they’re feeling. Sometimes, you simply don’t have many options available, but when it comes to making that decision, you should make sure to ask certain questions.

Is your loved one ready for assisted living?  It’s not always a matter of whether they need help and can live on their own; those issues may very well be resolved already. However, they may not want to leave their home.  If they have spent most of their adult life in that house, moving can be a traumatic experience that can have the opposite effect that you hoped it would by moving them to an assisted living facility.Assisted Living Daphne AL

Would home health care be a viable option?   If you could hire a live in caregiver, or other home health care professional, even for a few hours a day.  Is that enough to ensure that your loved one is safe and healthy?  Would they require more care, or a higher level of health care that an assisted living facility can provide?

What is their level of activity? If your loved one has generally been an active person, but they’re not doing much anymore, this could be simply due to a lack of options. Assisted living could provide opportunities for your loved one to take part in activities, as well as meeting people with whom they could possibly become friends with.

Are they eating healthy? Personal home care could provide meals and other services that could ensure that your loved one eats a healthy diet. Maybe they are not eating healthy at this time, and this could certainly be a problem, and you are unable to check on them regularly.

What kind of physical activity does your loved one get? If your loved one isn’t getting out very often, they may not be getting the kind of physical exercise that they need. If this is the case, they may benefit from an assisted living facility.

When you begin asking the right questions, you’ll determine whether the right answer is an assisted living facility,  or whether in home care would be a better  option at this time.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living in Daphne 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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