How Can You Possibly Relax When Worried About the Safety of an Aging Parent? Assisted Living Is the Answer

How many times would you like to just sit down and relax on any given day? Some people are wired differently than others, so it may be that your friend or brother or even your spouse or partner might be a workaholic, somebody who always needs to be ‘on the go.’ Most people are not like that, though.

You may not be, either.

Yet, what do you do when you have to constantly be looking out for someone, such as an aging parent?

You took on this responsibility without a second thought.

Assisted Living Mobile, AL: Senior Safety

When the need arose, you jumped into action. Whether you live in the same town, same house, or an hour’s drive away, that doesn’t matter. You weren’t going to stand idly by while this elderly parent struggled and there was something you could do about it.

However, maybe you didn’t think it through enough. Maybe you didn’t realize just how challenging this job was going to be. And caregiving for anyone -regardless of relationship- is a job.

Now you look back at times when you could just sit back, unwind, and relax with a bit of envy. You wish there was something you could do now to reclaim some of that lost time and relaxation.

Well, there is.

It’s called assisted living.

A lot of family members don’t consider assisted living at first because they don’t want to come across as uncaring. They honestly feel it’s their responsibility to look after an aging parent or other loved one.

It’s not.

However, that doesn’t change your heart, your nature, or your desire. So what makes assisted living such an incredibly good option for elderly men and women who may need some assistance with daily life?

Assisted living is safe and full of opportunity.

When living at one of these communities, your aging mother or father (or both) will be much safer than at home, especially if they are dealing with diminishing strength, mobility, and physical capability.

There are also often numerous things for residents to do and enjoy at a quality assisted living community. Not all facilities are the same, though, so it’s important not to assume they are.

Sit down with this aging parent and talk about assisted living. He or she may shoot the topic down immediately, and that’s okay. Getting past built-in objections that are based on misconceptions take time, but when they finally see what it has to offer, they will truly be ready, and you will find the time to, once again, relax!

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living 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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