How the Right Assisted Living Community Can Lift a Senior’s Mental and Emotional Spirits

Getting older is difficult for anyone. When you begin struggling with things that were once easy, when you start doubting your ability to take care of yourself properly, or when safety is a concern, what do you do? Where do you turn?

Elder Care: Lifting Senior Spirits in Spanish Fort, AL

Elder Care: Lifting Senior Spirits in Spanish Fort, AL

Assisted living is arguably one of the best elder care options available to aging men and women all across the country. It allows seniors to live as independently as they want and can (based on their physical and emotional faculties) while also having the support necessary for those more difficult of days.

Not only can a quality assisted living facility provide physical assistance and support, it can also offer a sense of community, a sense of belonging, and it can lift a person’s mental and emotional health and spirits in ways we often easily overlook.

Let’s take a look at a few ways that the right assisted living community can help bolster a senior’s emotional and mental strength and spirit.

1. Seniors can be surrounded by people their own age.

An aging senior might be widowed and living alone for many years when they finally decide to move in with their adult child and his or her family. That might seem great for a while. After all, they are a close-knit family. What could be better?

Yet, while their grandchildren and their own children and in-laws are out doing their own thing, building their careers, playing with friends, pursuing hobbies, and doing their own activities all the time, what is that senior going to be doing?

Eventually, he or she might start missing their own friends, the activities they once enjoyed with people their own age, and even conversations that connected to people who understood their own childhood, upbringing, and struggles through life.

At the right assisted living facility, aging men and women will be surrounded by people their own age, and that can make a world of difference to helping somebody feel emotionally and mentally confident and secure.

2. With the right activities, seniors may feel that life is still worth living.

Isn’t that what we all want? To feel as though life still matters? That we still matter? When aging seniors have to give up so many things they once enjoyed because of a health emergency, injuries, a loss of strength and balance, or other challenges, they might start to believe it’s not worth it anymore.

They might start to ask the question, “What’s the point?”

The right assisted living community can help them realize there’s still a lot of life left to live and many activities to still try and enjoy.

3. It can keep them safer, inspiring even more activity.

A lot of reasons people give up various activities as they age is because of safety. They recognize they are not as strong as they once were. When they are in a safe environment, surrounded by experienced staff members ready to assist them, they might just be confident enough to take on new things, to try new adventures.

These are just a few ways that the right assisted living community can help a senior feel better about their surroundings, their situation, and the future.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to an Elder Care Assisted Living Facility near Spanish Fort, 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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