Assisted Living Can Be a Gift


Assisted Living in Theodore AL: Assisted Living Can Be a Gift

It’s easy to think suggesting a move for an aging parent is letting them down. If we notice an elderly family member beginning to struggle with their own basic care and constantly worry about their safety, we may think about other options. We may talk to them about moving in with us, taking on a friend who needs a good place to stay, or even considering assisted living.

Instead of viewing assisted living, or even the mere mention of it, as being a last resort, consider it a gift. There are plenty of reasons why this could very well be a gift for an elderly family member, whether it’s a parent, grandparent, spouse, or someone else.

It offers safety.

When seniors move into an assisted living community, they will be surrounded by peers and highly qualified and trained staff members. This helps to immediately improve safety, especially for those who may be dealing with a lack of strength, balance related issues, or health problems that are ongoing.

It can provide a great deal of comfort.

Because this elderly person is suddenly going to be surrounded by dozens of peers, they might forge new friendships, share conversations with these other seniors, and realize that they are not alone in this journey.

That can bring a great deal of emotional comfort to those who have been living alone for a long time and have also been longing for companionship, conversation, and even the opportunity to play games they enjoy.

Ultimately, though, this must be their decision.

Even though a quality assisted living community is going to have a wonderful dining facility, great menu options, and wonderful activities that many of their elderly residents enjoy, it still has to be up to the senior himself or herself. Sure, loving family members can recommend they consider this for their future, but if the senior is adamantly opposed to the entire notion of moving, that needs to be respected.

That doesn’t mean the senior is going to be firm in their belief for long. When they realize the things they are missing out on, when their loved ones share information about the various activities and other supports that exist at a particular facility, they may begin thinking about it on their own more frequently. When they do, they will more often come to the realization that moving into assisted living truly is a wonderful gift for those who need assistance.

If you or an aging loved one are considering assisted living in Theodore, 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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