Choosing an Assisted Living Community Is a Personal Decision, Which Is Why the Senior Should Consider a Tour, If Possible

Planning any type of move is considered a very personal decision. Some people feel forced into these decisions because of circumstances beyond their control. For an elderly person whose family and friends might be trying to convince him or her this is something to consider, they may become defensive, belligerent, or even hostile to the idea.

Assisted Living in Citronelle AL: A Personal Decision

Assisted Living in Citronelle AL: A Personal Decision

It is a very personal decision.

Some people have various misconceptions about assisted living. They may see it as the beginning of the end of their life or as though family or friends are just trying to pass them off to someone else. Those misconceptions, though completely false, can be prevalent and make it difficult for an aging senior to see the reality of the benefits this type of community can offer.

Some seniors may also be nervous or wary about the prospect of moving into a different community, especially if they have no prior experience with them. It is a personal decision and one that needs to be respected, even if that aging senior decides against it, at least for the time being. Trying to force somebody into making this vital decision in life is only going to create tension and miss an incredible opportunity for them to ultimately see how valuable this can be.

What can a tour offer?

Even if an aging senior is opposed to the notion of moving at the moment, it’s a good idea to have them go on a tour of a local facility. Quality assisted living facilities in the region should be clean, well-designed, and have plenty of activities and other interests for residents.

Most assisted living communities will provide tour options for prospective seniors.

If the elderly person is willing to go along and visit one of these assisted living communities for a tour, yet they are still resistant to the idea, let the tour speak for itself. These seniors get a chance to see some of the rooms they might be able to occupy, perhaps the entertainment that many residents enjoy, the dining facility, and perhaps other areas of interest that could pique their curiosity to learn more.

Some of these tours will also provide prospective clients an opportunity to meet other residents, ask questions, and truly understand what it can offer them. It is an incredibly personal decision, but it’s also a vital one, and because of that, a tour to see it firsthand is highly recommended.

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