Leaving the Stress of Home Maintenance Behind When Moving Into Assisted Living

Assisted Living in Saraland AL

There are so many different reasons why people choose assisted living that it wouldn’t be possible or reasonable to try and list them in one article. One reason in particular, though, is the desire to Assisted-Living-in-Saraland-ALget away from the hassles of maintenance that comes with a home.

Just like people, when a house gets older, it requires increasing  care. In other words, the house requires general maintenance so that it doesn’t begin to fall apart around the homeowner.

When somebody moves through their 70s and 80s, even the simple prospect of getting a stepladder out and climbing up on it to change a lightbulb can become hazardous. This is especially true for those who have less strength in their legs and have balance related issues.

But changing a light bulb is a small thing. There are many other, much larger issues at hand when it comes to general home maintenance. It’s one of the many reasons why assisted living is such a great option for seniors of all ages, health issues, and physical challenges and limitations.

April is Stress Awareness Month and when people are worried about the condition of their home and general maintenance, they have a much more difficult time relaxing and unwinding.

Why not ignore them?

It’s easy to pass off these home maintenance issues as ‘no big deal,’ that they can simply be ignored because the house isn’t actually going to fall down around the senior. At least, that’s an easy argument to make.

In reality, weather conditions, the age of the house, the materials used in construction, and other factors can have a direct impact on safety within the home itself. It may not even be inside the house that becomes a major concern. It could be a walkway, the yard, the driveway, a broken garage door, gutters that aren’t affixed to the eaves over the house anymore, and much more. There are so many different maintenance issues that can develop and grow more severe over time that, when a senior finally gets around to addressing each and every one of them, it can feel overwhelming.

And it’s a never ending process.

That’s why letting somebody else deal with those situations and moving into an assisted living facility is often viewed as a relief and a welcome change for growing numbers of seniors.

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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