How to Maintain a Life Balance at Assisted Living

One of the most difficult challenges people face in life is finding balance. That’s true as a young adult, a career minded individual, and family-oriented couples. It doesn’t matter a person’s age, their socioeconomic status, cultural background, or any other factor; it is essential to find balance. For seniors who choose assisted living as a great option for their future, even when they’re excited about this prospect, move in, and start engaging with other residents and activities, balance in life is still critical.

What does balance in life offer?

Assisted Living Spanish Fort, AL: How to Maintain a Life Balance at Assisted Living

Everyone needs community. We are social creatures and, by design, we do better when we have conversations, people to share life with, and not feel lonely. This is one of the many benefits that a quality assisted living facility will offer; the opportunity for aging seniors to feel part of a community.

At the same time, people also need private time. They need time alone. They need to feel as though they have some control over their life, their circumstances, and their environment.

Unfortunately, as people age they also likely face increasing health risks that can cause them to feel as though they are losing control over many aspects of their life.

This is where balance becomes so important.

Maintaining balance at assisted living.

First, whether or not a senior chooses to live alone or share a room, boundaries need to be established. If a senior wants to be alone, doesn’t feel like going out and taking part in activities or watching a movie, they should close the door and let their friends know when the door’s closed (or under specific conditions) they just want some privacy.

Second, it’s about respecting others’ wishes. Maintaining proper balance in life isn’t just about establishing your own rules, but also respecting others. If a senior is imposing himself or herself on friends and other seniors, always trying to get them to do activities, go for a walk, or inviting themselves into private rooms, that’s not respect.

If respect isn’t given, it will be that much more difficult to receive.

Third, it’s important to maintain a good healthy regimen. That includes getting some exercise (however appropriate and possible, depending on health issues and limited mobility) and eating nutritious meals.

When a senior is able to maintain proper balance in life, no matter where they live, the quality of that life will improve. A person choosing assisted living isn’t giving up on life; they’re actually choosing to live life to its fullest.

In order to do that, proper balance needs to be maintained.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living in 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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