Learning to Play Piano Might Be Possible at Assisted Living

September is National Piano Month and if you have an elderly loved one considering assisted living who has wanted to learn to play the piano, maybe even learn a new form of art, or participate in other activities they haven’t been able to do living alone at their age, assisted living could be an option.

Assisted living is one of the best elder care options people can choose, not just because they no longer have to worry about regular cleaning and upkeep and maintenance of a home, but because, depending on the facility, there could be a great many things to explore, enjoy, and do.

Not all assisted living communities are the same.

Assisted Living Mobile, AL: September is National Piano Month

It is vital to realize that just because one assisted living community may have music lessons, music appreciation, art classes, and more, that doesn’t mean they all will.

It is incumbent upon you or the senior considering this option to reach out and connect directly with an assisted living facility they are interested in within their community.

However, for those that do provide various activities, it means aging seniors will be able to pursue certain endeavors, connect with people they know, make new friends, and enjoy life.

This is all about quality of life.

When you dig down deep enough, you begin to realize that allowing elderly men and women the opportunity to do things they might not have been able to do living on their own at home, it’s all about quality of life.

Just because a person may need assistance with some things in their daily routines, or perhaps they don’t want to worry about the general maintenance of a house, or they no longer feel comfortable living alone doesn’t mean they have to give up their life.

Sadly, this is where a lot of senior’s thoughts tend to go when they realize assisted living is now an option. When they require some type of elder care, they assume that the end of their life is fast approaching. Some may even see this as a loss of independence and autonomy.

Seniors who choose assisted living can still enjoy their life.

A person who moves into an assisted living community doesn’t have to give up their independence. They don’t have to be relegated to being told what to do, where to go, what to eat, and so forth every single day.

In fact, at a quality assisted living facility, elderly residents have the option to choose many things with regard to their daily lives. If they want to watch TV with friends, they can do so. If they want to read a book by themselves, that’s no problem.

If they want to choose an egg breakfast, if that’s on the menu, then they should be able to do so. If they want to eat alone, that’s their choice. If they want to learn the piano, fine. If they want to get exercise, great. If they don’t want to do any of those things, that should also be their option.

That’s what assisted living offers aging men and women who may have some health issues, limited strength and mobility, or other challenges: options.

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