Four Ways a Senior’s Life Can Change When They Transition to Assisted Living

Making any significant change in life can alter a person’s perspectives, outlook, and maybe even their behavior or demeanor. When somebody is struggling with Activities of Daily Life (ADLs), that is also going to have an impact on the way they view the world, think about life, and treat others.

Some people may experience improved behavior while others will become ornery, frustrated, and even hardened to the realities of the world around them. When an aging senior is having difficulty with those ADLs, they may prefer to remain at home, but the best elder care option to consider is assisted living.

That’s because many of the changes an aging senior will experience when they move to assisted living will likely be positive. Will there be negative impacts? It’s possible. Everyone is different and everyone’s perspective, expectations, and outlook on life will vary. Let’s look at four ways that an elderly person’s life can change (for the better) when they (finally) decide that assisted living is right for them.

1. They will be surrounded by other seniors.

Elder Care: Transition to Assisted Living in Mobile, AL

Elder Care: Transition to Assisted Living in Mobile, AL

Some people will argue or joke that they don’t like seniors when they are considered seniors themselves, but the truth is we often gravitate toward people in a similar age bracket. That’s because our experiences, wisdom gained through those experiences, expectations for life, and outlook on life itself alter the older we become.

That’s why teenagers prefer to hang out with teenagers and twentysomethings would prefer to become friends with twentysomethings. The same is true for seniors in their late 60s, 70s, or 80s. They will want to be in fellowship with other seniors, people who have ‘been there, done that’ in ways that a person even in the 40s or 50s simply can’t understand yet. Seniors get that connection in fellowship at assisted living.

2. They can have more regular assistance.

Assisted living is all about helping seniors live as independently as they can or want to while also providing them support along the way. When a senior chooses to remain home, they will either have to look at other elder care or count on family or friends when they are available to help them.

They don’t have to worry about that at assisted living. Instead, whenever they need help or whatever they need assistance with, there will be experienced staff members ready to step up, step in, and help.

3. Plenty of activities.

Each assisted living facility is different, but most of them provide some type of activities for their residents. Depending on the type of activity, it may be of interest to some seniors while they might be considered boring to others. Yet, the choices that are available make all the difference.

4. Improved safety.

Safety will improve for seniors when they are at a quality assisted living community. That may not be true for all elder care facilities, which is why you deserve to look for and find one that has a good reputation. When your loved one is in a good environment, you will be able to relax, breathe easier, and understand that their life has improved in many ways, including their safety.


If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to an Assisted Living Facility 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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