Keeping Your Perspective Positive When Moving to Assisted Living

For some people, staying positive is a difficult thing. They see the negative in almost everything. There are individuals who get more attention when they complain about things than when they stay positive. After all, as the saying goes, misery loves company. But when you are faced with the prospect of moving into assisted living, does that mean there isn’t anything positive to focus on?

After all, life is taking a turn in a direction you never wanted to go. But this is what happens as we get older. So, is it really possible to stay positive when moving or transitioning from a place you’ve lived for a long time to assisted living?

Yes, absolutely, it is possible.

Assisted Living Satsuma, AL: Staying Positive

One of the first things is to understand the benefits assisted living offers. When you truly understand why assisted living is such a good idea for you at this stage in your life, it becomes that much easier to stay positive and maintain that perspective when you begin packing up your apartment or house and getting ready for this transition.

Now, what are some of those benefits that can help you adjust your perspective to maintain a positive attitude?

Getting to make new friends.

We are social creatures. Even if you are incredibly shy and introverted, you still enjoy spending time with other people. Maybe not all the time, but at least once in a while. If you are an elderly person who has difficulty getting around these days, you might feel isolated and alone.

Companionship could be something you crave. And that is exactly a major benefit you will gain by choosing a quality assisted living facility for your new home.

There will be other seniors dealing with the same challenges and struggles you face right now who want to meet you. They will have similar interests, want to play games, watch movies, go for walks, or even just sit quietly in the company of others.

A safer environment.

At home and dealing with health issues, physical limitations, a lack of mobility, and other struggles means you are not in the safest environment any longer. Assisted living is designed to be safe.

Also, experienced staff members can help elderly residents with any number of needs, even those we might consider daily tasks.

Realizing that quality of life can improve.

When you choose assisted living because your current living situation is too challenging, your quality of life can actually improve. It’s not about waiting for the end of your life, but maintaining as high a quality of life as possible at this stage in the game.

When you keep your perspective positive, your transition will be smoother.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living near Satsuma, 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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