4 Signs Mom Should Think More About Assisted Living

Assisted Living in Fairhope AL

Assisted Living in Fairhope ALOver time things began to develop. You started noticing your mother having more difficulty cleaning the house, taking care of certain things, and even struggling behind the wheel. Maybe she wasn’t completely upfront and honest with you regarding her driving record, but you learned recently she had been involved in a couple of ‘minor’ fender bender’s.

There are usually a number signs that could indicate somebody is having more difficulty with their basic care. Here are four signs your mother might need to be thinking more about assisted living for her safety in the future.

Potential Sign #1: She’s calling you for assistance more often.

If the phone is ringing and you constantly see it with your mother’s name highlighted on the caller ID, and you keep thinking to yourself, “What now?” it’s a pretty good sign she’s calling more frequently for help.

Potential Sign #2: Her house is having more ‘issues’ lately.

A house needs general maintenance and upkeep in order to avoid falling apart. In many ways, it’s similar to a person as they get older.

If your mother’s house is beginning to seem like it’s falling apart around her and she’s not able to keep up with general maintenance or even cleanliness, there are various options she can choose, but moving into an assisted living facility would mean no longer having to worry about them.

Potential Sign #3: Her friends have moved away.

If your mother’s friends have moved away through the years, or passed away, she could be feeling lonely as of late. If she’s not able to spend time with friends, neighbors aren’t around very often to offer companionship, then she might want to consider assisted living.

Moving into these communities would allow your mother to not only reconnect with some friends or people she used to know, but also build new friendships. In the right assisted living facility, your mother can be active once again, spending time with other seniors who share similar interests.

Potential Sign #4: She’s concerned about her safety.

Any time an elderly individual becomes concerned about his or her safety, it’s time for family or friends to pay attention. It might be difficult for her to ask for help or to express those concerns about her safety, and when she starts talking about her balance, a fall that occurred recently, or anything else related to that, begin the conversation about assisted living.

When you notice any of these signs with your mother, it’s time to get serious about the conversation.

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