Can Assisted Living Be Considered for a Temporary Basis?

Michelle was only going to consider assisted living because of her adult daughter’s persistence. She didn’t really want to move from her house, a home she had shared with her husband of more than 58 years. However, things were becoming much more challenging, and she understood she could not keep calling on her daughter, some friends, or even neighbors for assistance every week. She had to make a decision, and a move.

Assisted Living in Satsuma AL: Temporary or Long-Term?

Assisted Living in Satsuma AL: Temporary or Long-Term?

Her daughter didn’t live all that close to her, but she had friends here.

Michelle had built her life in this area, and this is where her friends lived still. She didn’t want to leave the area, but the pressure from family to be closer to them was pretty intense. It reached a point when Michelle was basically ready to give up and move, but then started looking into assisted living, at least temporarily.

She didn’t tell her daughter she was thinking about this as a temporary solution.

She figured she could move into a quality, local assisted living facility for two months and then find a smaller apartment, perhaps in the same complex one of her friends lived. When it came time to choose an assisted living facility, she looked at the lease and asked a pointed question of the administrator, “Am I going to be locked into a minimum amount of time?”

Every facility is different, and some do have requirements for minimal length of stay.

Some seniors may have legitimate and very good reasons why they may only be at a particular facility for a short amount of time. It may be transitional, things may not work out as they hoped, or there may be other health issues that could impact their ability to remain at an assisted living facility.

Generally speaking, though, a person looking into assisted living should consider this for more than one or two months. There are so many benefits assisted living offers elderly men and women and a lot of them take a few weeks before they even begin to truly appreciate and understand what those benefits are.

Michelle moved in and even though she planned on only staying there for two months, she ended up there for years. She reconnected with friends she hadn’t seen in a long time, made new ones almost immediately, and loved the atmosphere, the activities, the dining facility, the entertainment, and so much more. It truly felt like home.

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