How to Plan Your Move to Assisted Living in Chickasaw AL!

When it’s time to move into assisted living, most people might think that it’s just like any other type of move, and while it’s similar, there are some things that you need to take into consideration.  First, if your elderly loved one has some level of care that is a specific requirement, for example your father might need Alzheimer’s assisted living or any other type of memory care assisted living, it’s important that the facility and the people who will be working with your loved one know their condition, and any special requirements that are necessary for his or her care.Assisted Living Chickasaw AL

You should also go over all of the medications that your loved one is required to take, or that has been prescribed by his or her doctor, even if they refuse to take it.  The more that the assisted living facility knows about health situations, and conditions, the better able they will be to assist with the overall care of your loved one.

Depending on the size of the room that your loved one will be moving into, it may be necessary to downsize a considerable amount of their belongings.  If your mother, for example, is moving from a house into an apartment, they may not be able to take all of their furniture, or belongings.  However, they may be attached to the recliner that their spouse used to relax in when he was alive, even though she never uses it.  There may be room for it, but it could make the room more cluttered, which can cause a safety concern if care workers are unable to safely get through the room, and assist in an emergency.

You should also find out if there are any furnishings in the room already.  Your loved one may have a specific mattress that works best for them, but if there is a bedframe and mattress in the room already, then you’ll want to make sure the workers at the assisted living facility get it out when you move in.

Make sure that the move is coordinated with the staff at the assisted living facility.  If they don’t know what day your mother or father is going to be moving in, this can create some problems.

Anything that can’t be kept in the room, but that your loved one isn’t willing to part with yet, should be stored, either in a family member’s home, or in a professional storage unit that is close to the assisted living community.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living  in Chickasaw AL,  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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