Assisted Living in Mobile, Alabama- Will Mom Agree?

Assisted Living Facilities – Convincing Mom to Move

It’s pretty common to find that most people want to live in their own home for as long as possible. Most elderly people definitely feel that way. But sometimes there comes a Assisted Living Mobile ALpoint in time when it’s not safe to do that.

It can be difficult to talk to your mom about reality and about how it could be a danger for her to stay at home now that her health is faltering. How can you convince her that moving to an assisted living community could be an ideal option?

Perhaps she has never been inside a modern, state of the art assisted living center? When you say assisted living, she might be thinking old folks home. Even the terminology has been updated! Is the move from the family home equivalent to a step away from being independent? Not necessarily so.

Some elders only need a small amount of help at home. Between their spouse and some in-home assistance, they are doing fine. But then their spouse dies and they are really alone. Meals aren’t fun anymore and they start slacking off on healthy eating. Their memory isn’t as it used to be, so things don’t get done; the stove is left on, all the food in the fridge goes bad, etc.

An assisted living center, on the other hand, is all about living! There are new friends to meet, independence can be maintained and seniors can thrive. They don’t have to keep up the yard and the housekeeping. There is medical help (if necessary) and there is transportation provided to go to appointments, etc.

Assisted living is all about choices, too.  Seniors can choose some of their snack and menu items. And to add to the fun and interest, there are always plenty of activities to choose from.

Take your mom to visit some assisted living centers. Let her have a tour and enjoy a meal there and meet some staff and some residents. Let her see what kind of activities are offered and what the apartments look like. For seniors who will really miss their yards and flowers, there are often nice grassy areas to sit in the shade, and flowers that can be tended to. In other words, she can still enjoy some outdoors, right there at the assisted living.

If mom is particularly resistant, drop the subject until another day. Hopefully she will see that you really have her best interests and her personal safety at heart.

For more information on Assisted Living Mobile, AL, contact Ashbury Manor. Serving Mobile, Spanish Fort, Daphne, Chickasaw, Theodore, Saraland, Satsuma, Fairhope, Pascagoula, Citronelle and surrounding communities. CALL 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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