Is It Better for an Aging Parent to Remain Home, Despite Their Challenges, Than to Discuss a Different Option, Like Assisted Living?

Having questions is a natural process of figuring things out. When it comes to an aging parent who may wish to remain home, or feels as though he or she doesn’t really have a choice, it may seem as though recommending assisted living or any other type of option is the wrong thing.

Assisted Living in Chickasaw AL: Assisted Living vs Aging in Place

Assisted Living in Chickasaw AL: Assisted Living vs Aging in Place

Why would assisted living be ‘wrong?’

It wouldn’t. In fact, in many situations seniors are often happier, and report a higher quality of life when they choose assisted living rather than being home alone, feeling isolated, and even frustrated. That is what often happens for seniors as they get older, begin dealing with various health issues, physical limitations, and rely on family or friends to help whenever they can.

Assisted living is one of the best options for many reasons.

It’s not just that seniors are surrounded by experienced staff members (at least when they choose a quality assisted living facility) but that they are surrounded by peers, men and women their own age who have many similar experiences, hobbies, pastimes, and choices of entertainment.

It’s also because a quality assisted living community is going to have activities taking place on a regular basis. This might not be daily, and it might not even be every other day, but there may be arts and crafts, music, trips out to stores, to art galleries, to the mall, and so on.

What about the dining options?

A quality assisted living community is going to provide its residents some of the best dining options available. In fact, these restaurants may resemble three or four star quality restaurants that one might find in their local community.

If an elderly resident has a problem, question, concern, or anything else arises, even in the middle of the night, they should be able to contact an administrator or other staff member for assistance. For example, if an aging senior has difficulty getting out of bed because of an arthritis flareup, their joints are stiff, or they simply don’t feel safe for whatever reason, they should be able to call a qualified and experienced staff member for help.

What options does this senior have remaining at home?

Even if they have family stopping by after work each day, a neighbor checking in on them every so often, and so on, it can be difficult for them to remain active, feel as though their life still has a purpose, and maintain a high quality of life. Those things are all possible at a quality, dependable, and reliable assisted living community.

If you or an aging loved one are considering assisted living in Chickasaw, 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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