Assisted Living near Daphne AL: Activities Offered at an Assisted Living Facility

Choosing other forms of housing is sometimes a decision that has to be made as our family members age.  When an alternative type of housing for our senior loved ones has to be chosen, we want to be sure it is going to be a place where they are happy and will have a good quality of life.  An assisted living facility can offer just that.  Sometimes when our senior family members hear the words assisted living facility, they think of a nursing home; however, there is a difference.Assisted Living Daphne AL

Most assisted living facilities can provide different types of care and usually have an area of the building, or an entire building, dedicated to full apartments.  Seniors that are still able to live mostly independent can take advantage of this type of living.  In some case, they will still have a check-in and check-out system so that aides or nurses in the building know they are okay; they can take advantage of meals in the cafeteria or cook on their own; and if they have a health issue, there is usually a caregiver on site.

Assisted living facilities also provide many activities for seniors.  These can include anything from games to a trip to the casino.  There are clubs that can be joined, entertainment for special occasions, holiday programs, exercise classes, and in some buildings they will have a restaurant for dining with friends.

Being a part of an activity can keep our senior loved ones stimulated both mentally and physically.  We should always encourage them to be involved with as many activities as they can handle.  It is also important for them to have social interaction and build friendships with others in the building.  Meeting people through the activities offered can do this.

Game nights are offered in many facilities; with games such as, Bridge, Cribbage, Scrabble, Sorry, and many more. Usually, the social area of an assisted living facility will have a dedicated area with shelves of games to choose from.

If games aren’t your loved ones favorite, they could choose to join a book club, a walking club, a knitting club, or possibly even a bird watching club.  This is also a good way to meet people that share the same interest.  You could even encourage your senior loved one to join more than one club; maybe one that involves being inside and another one that will get them outside and enjoying their surroundings, while getting some physical activity.

Outings such as trips to a theater performance, a movie, a museum, a local attraction, or even a casino are offered at most assisted living facilities.  These might only happen once a month or maybe a few times per year so encouraging your senior loved one to take advantage of these activities is important.

Just because a family decides that it is time for a parent or grandparent to move to an assisted living facility, doesn’t mean they have to stop enjoying life.  In fact, it could mean just the opposite if they were cooped up in their own home and couldn’t get out anywhere or enjoy activities with friends.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living near Daphne AL, 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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