Begin the New Year with Assisted Living in Your Corner

The New Year is upon us. Whether it is just around the corner or has just passed, that often means people take advantage of this time of year to set new goals, plans, and resolutions. For an aging person who may need some level of assistance on a regular basis, a good resolution would be to look into assisted living.

What if they already receive support?

Assisted Living Mobile, Al: New Year

Many seniors get help from adult children who live in the area, their spouse, friends, and sometimes even neighbors. That might be well and good for a while, but an individual who is supporting an elderly person every day is going to feel stress and anxiety building in their life.

More often than not, this family caregiver is going to be giving up more and more of their personal life. This might include spending time with friends, work, family obligations, and so on.

This doesn’t mean they no longer wish to be there for the aging senior, but there are limitations everyone must face. When confronting those types of limitations, turning to assisted living doesn’t have to be a permanent or full-time commitment.

A lot of people don’t realize that short-term and temporary stay options are available at many quality assisted living facilities.

These are often referred to as respite care services.

Respite essentially means getting relief. It means a break. When you need a break from being a caregiver or the elderly person is simply overwhelmed by struggling to take care of their basic necessities each and every day, whether or not they receive support from family or friends, where do you turn?

A lot of family caregivers will turn to their siblings, friends, coworkers, and other family members, asking for help in many different ways, sometimes indirectly. Too often, though, help never arrives, but that type of help is readily available at some assisted living facilities.

Respite care can refer to short-term stays, like a few weeks at most. It can also refer to several days during the week, but not every day each week. It could even mean an elderly person goes to an assisted living facility to sleep, but they will be picked up sometime in the morning by their family member or other caregiver, and brought back sometime in the evening.

How to start the New Year off right with this option.

Discuss the prospect of respite care services at assisted living for an aging senior whom you might support. Even if you are not offering care because you don’t live close to them or have other obligations, respite care could be a vital way to help this senior maintain a higher quality of life.

Safety and being able to still live on their terms is a key component to quality of life for aging men and women. Respite care is one way to do that through assisted living. Make this New Year one of exceptionalism right from the start; mention and encourage respite care assisted living.

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