Late Nights, Assisted Living, and Staying Safe

Assisted Living in Saraland AL

By the time Elmer was getting ready to move into assisted living, he had lost his wife two years earlier, had suffered a Assisted Living in Saraland ALheart attack and was having extreme difficulty getting around on his own. His entire family had been encouraging him to move out of his home and assisted living was the best option.

He agreed and after a considerable search, he found an assisted living facility that made him comfortable. One consideration that his family needed to make had to do with his penchant for late night wandering.  Elmer had a tendency to not sleep very long at night and would get up, walk around the house, and begin taking on various projects. He got himself into a little bit of trouble at various times, having to call his family for help in the wee hours of the morning.

During their search, one thing that his adult children kept asking various assisted living communities had to deal with safety during the overnight hours. Most facilities, whether you’re talking about a nursing home, assisted living community, or anywhere else is likely to have fewer staff members on hand during the overnight hours.  For assisted living, this doesn’t mean that it’s less safe for the seniors, especially those who have a tendency to get up, get out of their apartment, and walk around. Most assisted living facilities have experienced and qualified staff members working around the clock, including those overnight hours.

The administrator explained they installed alarm systems on all of their exterior doors that would be engaged during the overnight hours. These doors would not open unless there was an emergency situation. A couple of doors were required to open around-the-clock and those doors would signal an alarm and staff members would immediately rush to it and help the senior who might’ve wandered off.

For Elmer and his family, this was comforting knowledge to know that he would remain safe at the facility because of the experienced caregivers who work there and the safety measures that had been installed.

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