How Can You Learn More About Assisted Living?

Assisted Living Mobile AL

Assisted Living Mobile AL

In our day and age, information is easy. It’s easy to find, easy to locate, and easy to learn. Unfortunately, when it comes to a variety of elder care topics, including assisted living, too many people become complacent with what they think they know.

Assisted Living

When it comes to assisted living, millions of Americans assume they know what it is, what it offers, and what it could mean for them or loved ones. For example, you might have your grandparents or parents who have reached that age when assisted living could be a great option. It is a powerful elder care choice, but one that might not be suitable for every single person. Just as everyone has specific preferences when it comes to entertainment, food, clothing, or even housing, they may have different expectations or desires when it comes to elder care.

The best way to make good decisions or help somebody you care about make the right decisions for themselves, it comes down to having access to valuable information. Since there is a plethora of information out there, you need to understand your sources. Not all information is accurate, whether it’s about assisted living, politics, or even finances.

So, how can you be certain that the information you receive is accurate? Well, turn to the resources themselves, the assisted living communities in your area or online. Now, let’s talk about learning more about assisted living from a basic viewpoint.

First: Read About It

Find these assisted living communities and read newspaper articles, press releases, or information provided on their website. Most of America’s assisted living communities are considered quality. However, you may find certain competing elder care options that seek to turn you away. Just make sure you know the source and that is it is dependable and reliable.

Second: Go On a Tour

If you want to know whether the information you see on an assisted living facility’s website is accurate, schedule a tour. There are many facilities that are conducting in person tours again. They may have paused them during the pandemic and for a year or two after the outbreak, but many of them have returned.

If a specific facility you are interested in is not offering in person tours, take a virtual tour and then write down all questions you may have regarding their facility, activities, staff, training, or whatever comes to mind.

Third: Ask Specific Questions

The only question that is inappropriate or wrong in any sense is the one you don’t ask, especially if it would provide you accurate information to help you make the right decision for you or somebody you love.

In your work of researching assisted living, you may find the answers before you have to ask questions, but if you don’t, speak to an administrator.

Fourth: Talk to Those Who’ve Used it Before

There are millions of seniors and family members of those who have been in assisted living in the past. There are probably communities on social media that talk about assisted living. Reach out and connect to these individuals and find out what their experiences were.

Some assisted living communities do offer respite care options for seniors, which means a short-term stay. You or a senior you love might be able to stay for a week or two and find out firsthand what it offers and what it might be like to live at that community.

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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