How Mom Can Improve Her Diet at Assisted Living

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For some time you’ve been worried about your mother’s health, especially the foods she eats. You’ve tried to keep up with her diet, checking the refrigerator, going shopping with her, and even going over there to help her prepare some meals, but you know she sneaks snacks, doesn’t really pay attention to nutrition, and you know it’s affecting her health overall.

As people age, their bodies change and with that comes the ability to stay as healthy as they once were. Your mother might not be eating as much as she used to, and if she’s not getting the right level of nutrition, including vitamins and minerals, it can affect her heart health, brain health, energy levels, and much more.

Recently you’ve been contemplating discussing assisted living with her. You’ve held back, mostly because you’re convinced she’ll shoot the idea down without a second thought. That may very well happen, but you’re never going to know unless you actually bring up the topic.

There are plenty of ways to address the prospect of moving into an assisted living facility with your mother. One of them could have to do with the kinds of foods she eats regularly.

The dining facilities at assisted living.

An assisted living facility is more like an upscale residential community for seniors. Within those communities is at least one dining facility. Some of the rooms may very well have eat in kitchenettes, and that might be a great way for your mother to feel as though she can still control certain aspects of her life, but those upscale restaurants offer a wide range of options with regard to foods.

At these dining facilities, a high quality chef will prepare exceptional meals rich in the highest levesl of vitamins and minerals, low cholesterol foods, and that can improve health and well-being overall.

If your mother has not been paying attention to her diet, even though her doctor has admonished her to do so, it could have to do with her comfort level at home, the challenges she faces on a physical level, or even a lack of understanding about various food items or even supplements.

She wouldn’t have to worry about any of that at an assisted living facility, especially one that has a high end restaurant in the facility. All she would need to do is go down to the dining facility, order breakfast, lunch, or dinner, enjoy three square, healthy meals every day, and her diet will improve on its own.

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