Have You Considered the Safety Benefits that Assisted Living Facilities Could Offer Your Loved One?

How Assisted Living near Chickasaw, AL Helps to Reduce Fall Risks

“One Family’s Story with Concerns for their Senior Mom Cara near Chickasaw, AL”

Cara did not like the idea of assisted living. Throughout her entire life, she had an idea that assisted living was just like nursing home care. The last thing she ever wanted was to be put into a home where she would be neglected, forgotten about, and lonely. However, as she got older, she also grew weaker. This weakness affected her balance and she had fallen several times at home.

Fortunately, she didn’t suffer any significant injuries and no broken bones. Yet, her adult children were concerned that this trend would not continue. They were worried that her luck would run out and they sat down to talk to her about the prospect of moving into an assisted living facility. She got upset and angry with them because she figured that given how she felt about assisted living, they would have known better than to try to bring this up.

Yet her older son, Derek, told her that her impressions about this senior living option was not accurate. He told her that maybe there were some facilities in the past that had been similar to nursing homes, but that modern assisted living facilities were much different. He told her that they were like living in an upscale resident apartment. He told her that one in particular had an exercise room, a restaurant, and transportation services to take the residents to the mall, doctor’s appointments and assortment of other places throughout the area.

She began to become more interested when she learned about these aspects of modern assisted living communities. Yet she also worried about her balance and wanted to know how this living situation might help her in the long run. She was concerned that one day she was going to fall and break her hip. This happened to her own mother and her life deteriorated very quickly after she broke her hip.

They found out that the assisted living facility that her adult children were interested in showing her provided a number of support systems that could reduce risks of falling for their residents. Getting a proper walking assistance device, such as a cane or walker, was just one of them. There were handrails, grab bars, and other devices installed throughout the building that provided balance for those who needed it.

Modern assisted living communities focus on safety and part of that is helping to reduce the risk of falls for seniors.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living near Chickasaw, AL 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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