Instead of Worrying About Home Maintenance, Dad Could Be ‘Living it Up’ at Assisted Living

April through September is considered Home Improvement Time, yet when somebody is advancing in years like your father, for example, keeping up with his home is going to be more challenging.

That’s going to be true of just about everyone, regardless of how fit they were in their younger years, how much they focused on good health, proper nutrition, diet, and exercise. Time catches up with everyone. If your father is struggling to maintain his home, clean out the gutters, take care of the lawn, and do basic repairs, or even cleaning around the house, it’s time to consider another elder care choice: assisted living.


Why assisted living?

Assisted Living Theodore, AL: Home Maintenance

Assisted Living Theodore, AL: Home Maintenance

Aside from being one of the top elder care options available to aging men and women, your father would no longer have to worry about general upkeep and maintenance of his home. That includes vacuuming, washing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom, clearing sticks, leaves, and other debris from the lawn, cutting the grass, maintaining the windows, fixing the furnace, checking the garage door, and so on.

As people age, unfortunately many of them let go of general upkeep and maintenance on their home, even one they may have built with their own hands. That’s because they recognize it’s incredibly difficult to do some of these tasks that may have been once very simple.


Is this the only reason your dad should consider assisted living?

Of course not. Many people find other options available for keeping up with their own property, including turning to adult children who live in the area, paying grandchildren to perform many tasks around the house, or even leaning on friends and neighbors for assistance.

In reality, though, assisted living offers many wonderful options aside from the fact your dad wouldn’t have to stress about all of these issues while living there. Some of those options include:


Spending quality time with friends.

Maybe your father has a couple of friends already at a specific community in the area. He may have visited them from time to time or hasn’t seen them in months or even years. This could offer him a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with them.


Making new friends.

At every assisted living facility, there are going to be men and women your father’s own age, people he can relate to, peers he can connect with on a different level than he might with you or younger individuals.

People in their 70s, 80s, and 90s had much different experiences in life than people in their 30s, 40s, or even their 50s had. Being surrounded by peers his own age can offer a great new outlet, conversations, and enjoyment.


A higher quality of life.

Staying active, being connected with other people, and having experienced, qualified staff members to assist at any given time helps to improve quality of life for most residents.

If your father is concerned about the challenges in maintaining his home, it’s time to talk about assisted living.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to an Assisted Living facility near Theodore, 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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