It’s (Almost) Never Too Early to Think About Assisted Living

Assisted Living in Theodore AL

Assisted living is one of many topics people often don’t want to discuss. That’s usually the direct result of misinformation or various misconceptions about it. A lot of people have this preconceivedAssisted-Living-in-Theodore-AL notion that assisted living is really nothing more than glamorized nursing home care. However, the truth is that these two senior care options are completely different from one another.

Think about assisted living as upscale living.

Every facility is different, of course, but when you enjoy the benefits of a quality assisted living facility, you begin to realize it’s just like upscale living for seniors. Some facilities are open to people 55 years of age and over while others may set a different age limit, such as 65 and over.

When is the right time to think about assisted living?

Most people have a tendency to only begin discussing various senior care options when they are struggling with their own care at home or when they realize taking care of the house is just too much for their physical capabilities at the moment.

In truth, it’s almost never too early to think about moving into assisted living. That’s because many of the seniors who enjoy this type of living environment become more active after they move into one of these communities as opposed to what they were dealing with living at home alone.

If a senior or couple have a tendency to spend most of their days in their house, with few visitors, no family really stopping by to visit, and friends who have either passed away or no longer live in the area, it can be extremely lonely. Yes, they have each other when they are a happily married couple, but they may be limited on the type of activities they can enjoy.

When a senior is feeling bored, becoming stuck in a rut, or routinized, they might want to consider assisted living as a viable option.

So many things to do at assisted living.

Again, every facility is different, so it’s a good idea not to take a blanket statement as fact for every particular community across the country. But, for the most part assisted living offers a lot of activities and other things for seniors to enjoy. It also allows each individual to be surrounded by numerous peers.

They can make new friends, spend quiet time alone in their room, go for walks, and even take advantage of trips to the mall or other special destinations in the area.

If you or someone you know appears to be lonely, bored, or feeling isolated, and they are at least 55 years of age, talk to them about the prospect of assisted living. It could be one of the best conversations they have this year.

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