Long Distance Care and Assisted Living in Pascagoula AL: (How to Manage)

(A Story)

When Denise had finally convinced her mother that moving to assisted living was the right thing to do, she didn’t know how she was going to manage being so far away from her mother.  She had often spent a lot of time talking to her mother and visiting when she lived close, but in recent years, life got in the way and her career took her several hundred miles away.Assisted Living Pascagoula AL

In the end, Denise had to learn how to manage with her relationship with her mother and making sure that everything was fine, and that her mother was safe.  She had no real, direct experience with an assisted living facility, so she didn’t even know what it entailed, aside from what she had learned through brochures and talking to some of the staff members on the phone.  The main reason that she had talked to her mother about it in the first place was that he mother had taken a hard fall one day at home, and there was no one there to check on her.

The first thing that Denise did that helped her gain some measure of control over the situation was to set up a time that she would call her mother every day.  Her mother knew that the call would be coming, so she would make sure that she was in her room at the time, so that she would be able to talk to her daughter.  In time, Denise found that the phone would go unanswered a few times, only to get a call back about ten or fifteen minutes later (it turned out that her mother was out having some fun with new friends and lost track of time).

Another thing that she did was to talk regularly on the phone with one of the staff members there.  Kimberly was her name and she was a receptionist who knew most of the residents in this facility.  It calmed her mind to talk to Kimberly and to find out that there were a number of different staff members on hand at all times to deal with any potential emergencies that might arise.

Being so far away from her mother, and knowing that her health wasn’t the best anymore, made for poor bedfellows for Denise.  Fortunately, she was able to gain some sense of peace by keeping in touch with her mother, and helping to have chosen the right assisted living situation with her mother.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living  in Pascagoula AL,  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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