Look to Assisted Living for Seniors Who Need Extra Support

Assisted Living Spanish Fort AL

Assisted Living Spanish Fort AL

Summer has wound down. Autumn is in the air. For much of the country, that means more difficult weather conditions are on the horizon. For seniors who live in the northern climate, where snow and ice, freezing temperatures and more challenges are likely, it becomes difficult to maintain a safe environment for some.

For those seniors who may not be able to take care of themselves as they once had, who struggle with various challenges regarding mobility, health, or other factors, assisted living is a great elder care option to consider.

What Does Assisted Living Offer?

First and foremost, security. An aging senior who may have physical limitations and other challenges might not be safe in their own home. They may struggle just getting out of bed. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night, your legs not solid beneath you, and having to try and make it to the bathroom by yourself.

While this may seem like a small percentage of seniors who are having those struggles, it does happen. But, instead, imagine being able to call for a staff member to assist you to the bathroom, then leave you in privacy, waiting if you need help getting back into bed.

Why is it Better in the Fall and Winter Months?

Winter is when the temperatures drop. Walkways can get icy, even without much precipitation the day before. Snow can fall. When seniors are living at home, especially alone, there’s increased risk of slips and falls, accidents, and injuries resulting from living life at a basic level.

Turning to assisted living means turning to an option that will be warm, welcoming, and safe. It is also a great way for elderly men and women to be part of a community. During the summer, when the weather is nice and people are out and about, an aging senior might sit on her porch waving at passersby, connecting with neighbors she hasn’t spoken to in a while, but during the winter most people stay indoors with the windows locked up tight.

At assisted living, it can provide that similar feel of an ongoing summer. An aging resident can step out of their room, walk down the hall, say hello to other seniors or even staff members, head to the dining facility, the entertainment room, or even the living room or lounge, whatever is available at a specific facility.

Considering Senior Assisted Living

As we move through fall and head toward winter, this is a great time to convince that senior in your life to at least consider this elder care option. Talk about all the things they might be able to do, but also research the facilities in the area as well as you can.

You might just discover that some offer respite care, which means the senior could try it out for a short time, see what it is actually like from the inside, and convince themselves that this winter would be a great time to try it for good.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to Assisted Living in Spanish Fort, 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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