Fun Outdoor Assisted Living Activities for Seniors

Outdoor Activities: Assisted Living Mobile AL

Outdoor Activities: Assisted Living Mobile AL

Enjoying life at assisted living is what it should be all about. Many people incorrectly assume assisted living is for elderly men and women who have reached the end of their lives. Sure, many of those who choose assisted living do need some support. That’s where the name comes from.

Quality of Life

Yet, the big difference among those who have called assisted living home for a while and those who remain in a house by themselves and struggle is a matter of quality of life.

Quality of life can improve dramatically for aging men and women who ultimately decide that assisted living is the right elder care choice for them and their future. One of the factors that make this such a good elder care option involves various activities.

Some of the activities seniors can enjoy might include arts and crafts, exercise, and entertainment. They might also enjoy good outdoor fun. Below are a few fun outdoor activities that some seniors may enjoy while at assisted living. Keep in mind not all assisted living communities are the same, so it’s important to check with a specific facility to find out what they support and encourage for their residents.


Millions upon millions of people across the country enjoy gardening. Some do it for fun. Some to grow their primary food sources. Some just to get fresh air and exercise. Seniors can enjoy all three.

If an assisted living community has a garden center, some area on the grounds or even as part of a co-op in town, some residents may have the option of growing their own fruits, vegetables, and flowers in a safe space.

Staff will likely be supportive and help seniors so they can be safe while gardening.

Walking Outdoors

Whether an assisted living community is in the middle of the city or a rural setting, going outside to walk is a great way to exercise, especially as the weather gets nice.

It’s important, though, that seniors do this in a safe manner. For example, if an aging senior has been diagnosed with dementia, they should never go off on their own, but rather with a staff member or other resident who can make sure they know how to get back home.

Various Outings

It doesn’t have to be a farmer’s market, but it could be to the mall, to a gallery, to a museum, or just a local park. If an assisted living community promotes activities that are off-campus, they will likely provide transportation for their residents. This is a great way for seniors to still enjoy life, but to do so in a safe and supportive manner.

For those seniors who are considering assisted living for their future, they should be encouraged to contact the facility directly or have a loved one do that on their behalf and find out what types of outdoor activities they promote, allow, and encourage.

Seniors who have been stuck at home for the last couple of years may be more than enthusiastic to enjoy some fresh, warm air on a regular basis.

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