Helping Seniors Adjust to Assisted Living

Assisted Living Mobile AL

Assisted Living Mobile AL

Everyone is different, so you can’t expect one aging senior who quickly adjusts to their new assisted living environment to be representative of all seniors. Instead of days, some might take weeks or even months before they are fully acclimated. They may keep fighting their loved ones, themselves, or even the staff because they just don’t want to be there.

Why Would They Go if They Don’t Want To?

They may not feel as though they have other options. Some seniors feel forced by loved ones, their adult children, spouse, or even their circumstances. For example, there might be an elderly senior who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia and their symptoms have advanced to such a degree that is difficult for loved ones to continue supporting them. Memory care assisted living is a great option for those dealing with dementia, but that doesn’t mean the senior is fully onboard with it.

Other seniors may feel as though they would rather be home, but it gets lonely. There’s no one to talk to, no one to do anything with, and they begrudgingly recognized that a move was in the cards no matter what they did.

Remember, It’s Always Their Choice

Even though adult children, a spouse, siblings, and other family members or friends may understand and realize the value of assisted living for them and their future, some seniors may be reluctant. They have that right to decide where they live.

In reality, though, there are a number of elder care options available, but assisted living is one of the best because it allows seniors to build friendships with others their own age, share common interests, pursue activities or rest, and essentially maximize the quality of life in a comfortable environment.

How Long Will it Take to Adjust?

Since everyone is different, there is no right or wrong answer to this. Somebody might adjust within a matter of hours. Others might take weeks. The key is to allow the senior to take whatever time he or she needs to make the adjustment to this new elder care lifestyle.

Avoid the temptation of stopping by or calling too often. Some seniors will end up waiting by the phone instead of getting out to explore what the community has to offer. They may expect their family to stop by every day and, instead of going out to an art show, a gallery, museum, to the park, or local mall, for example, with many other residents, they might just stay in their room. They can miss so much of life by doing that.

If the aging senior, like your elderly mother or father, is crying in the phone, saying they want to go home, they’re homesick, just like you when you were a child going off to camp for the first time, remember, that homesickness does pass. It can be intense for the first days or a few weeks, but just keep gently encouraging them and you’ll notice a change begin to take place as they embrace this new high quality lifestyle for their future.

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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