Determining the Dining Options an Assisted Living Facility Has Could Be Important for the Senior Considering This Option

September is All American Breakfast Month. What does this have to do with assisted living? Perhaps nothing, but perhaps everything. In truth, a quality assisted living facility should have a good dining option for its residents. 

Many of the seniors choosing assisted living as their home no longer want to be responsible for cooking, cleaning up after the meal, shopping for food, and so forth. Yet, they want a tasty, healthy meal. 


Take a tour of the facility.

Assisted Living in Spanish Fort, AL: Seniors and Dining Options

Whether it’s for you, an aging parent or grandparent, or even a friend, assisted living can be a wonderful option. Some assisted living facilities to provide memory care for those struggling with dementia, which may include Alzheimer’s. 

Whatever the case, taking advantage of a tour is a great way to learn more about the facility and see firsthand what they provide, what it will be like living there, and possibly even getting an opportunity to meet some of the residents. 

During that tour, you will see the dining facility. Some communities have what could be better described as school type cafeteria environments with large tables and chairs in neat rows. That may not seem like a big deal, but what about having the option of a restaurant style facility? 

Imagine the senior waking up in the morning, getting dressed or pulling on the rope, and strolling down the hall, stepping into the elevator, and going to the fine dining experience for a nice breakfast. 


What a way to start the day! 

Not all assisted living facilities are the same. Some will offer different levels of activities, options, and benefits. However, eating is one of the more important aspects of everyone’s day. 

Having a nice dining option with a good, healthy menu is going to be a great way for people to start their day. Some seniors only eat one meal a day, possibly dinner. What is the menu? Who is the chef? Does the menu change regularly? 

Will they accommodate a residence specific dietary needs or is it more “take it or leave it?” 

These are just a few questions an aging senior may wish to ask when looking into assisted living for themselves or somebody they care about. Being that breakfast remains the most important meal of the day — for children all the way to seniors in their 70s, 80s, and 90s — this is an important part of choosing the right facility for one’s specific needs. 


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