Discover What Assisted Living Offers … with a Tour

Do you know what assisted living could offer you or somebody you care about? A lot of people have the wrong idea about assisted living. In fact, most Americans barely know anything about assisted living.

Yes, they know about the topic, have a general idea that is a facility for older Americans, but beyond that, what do they think about? Too many people associate it with nursing home care or end-of-life care.

It is much more than that. In fact, assisted living is nothing like nursing homes. A quality assisted living facility is more like an independent living community for elderly men and women who may need some level of support and assistance on certain days.

How can you learn more about assisted living?

Assisted Living Fairhope, AL: Discovering Assisted Living

The best way to do it is through a tour. While the pandemic has changed many aspects of touring an assisted living facility, you should be able to see what a specific assisted living community could offer you or somebody you care about through a personal or virtual tour.

This tour could provide you an idea what the rooms look like, what the corridors are like, the type of entertainment room or other amenities they offer. You could find out and see what the dining facility is.

Today’s better assisted living communities will have restaurant style facilities rather than cafeteria eateries. This means that the aging senior in your life or you can enjoy a nice breakfast in the comfort of what could best be described as an upscale restaurant.

Every day of the week they could be pampered with a delicious meal prepared by an experienced chef.

You might see some of the other rooms, common areas, where elderly residents sit down with new friends, old friends, play games, read books, talk about their lives, share details about their grandchildren, and so much more.

You may be able to see the exterior of the facility, what types of park benches, walkways, and other options are available for elderly residents. Some facilities may have a garden area where flowers are grown, where residents could be able to plant their own vegetables, flowers, and continue with activities they enjoy while living on their own.

When you want to know more about assisted living, you can certainly learn a lot from articles and blogs you find online, but nothing is going to give you the real data like a tour. Reach out to a local assisted living facility and schedule your tour today. If it’s not in person, then a virtual tour can still shed a lot of light about the benefits that facility offers.

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