Four Ways Seniors with Alzheimer’s Can Benefit from Assisted Living

A memory care assisted living facility is one of the best elder care choices seniors and their families can make, especially when they are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. One of the most commonly thought of symptoms with regard to Alzheimer’s is memory loss. There is no cure for the disease, and it is complicated with many different symptoms that will progressively get tougher as the years pass. However, nothing hits home more than the memory loss associated with it.

When a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they will likely go through the common stages of grief, including bargaining, denial, and ultimately acceptance. They should also be considering a memory care assisted living community because there are tremendous benefits a person can gain by choosing one of these facilities. Let’s look at four ways that seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can benefit from a quality assisted living elder care facility.

Elder Care: Memory Care in Mobile, AL

Elder Care: Memory Care in Mobile, AL

1. Increased security.

When people are at home alone and are dealing with mental or physical challenges, it can feel terrifying at times. That is true no matter your age, but as you move through your 70s or even into your 80s and are dealing with Alzheimer’s, you might feel more stressed, less safe, and certainly less secure.

An optimal memory care assisted living facility will have experienced staff members, alarms on doors to notify staff when somebody steps outside, and features that are designed to help people with memory related challenges stay safe within the facility.

2. Experienced staff.

The more experience a person has in helping those with Alzheimer’s, the more it will benefit that senior dealing with this disease. A memory care facility will have staff members who are specifically trained and continually supported for helping those with various forms of dementia.

When looking into a memory care facility, make sure you find out what their staff members receive with regard to training, ongoing support, and more.

3. Activities to stay engaged.

When a person is dealing with Alzheimer’s, it’s easy to assume they won’t be able to participate in activities like they had in the past. However, depending on the activity, seniors with Alzheimer’s — even more advanced forms of the disease — can participate in a wide range of activities that help to improve physical conditioning, satisfaction, quality of life, and much more.

4. Reduced stress.

Many seniors and their loved ones become stressed with regard to their safety, health, and other factors. When an aging senior with Alzheimer’s moves to a quality assisted living community that is set up to support those with memory-related challenges, it can immediately lower stress levels for everyone involved.

When you know that your elderly mother or father or other person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is in a safe environment surrounded by experienced and well-trained staff members, you won’t worry about them at home, whether they are alone, with other elder care support, or in other situations that don’t have the same level of experience and dedication to seniors with dementia.

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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