Making Every Moment Count at Assisted Living

Life is all about moments. There’s a saying that goes something like, “Life isn’t about the number of breaths we take, but about the moments that take our breath away.” When a person is in their 70s, 80s, or 90s and is having difficulty with their own basic care, it can feel like those moments that would take their breath away are well behind them.

That may or may not be true.

Assisted Living in Satsuma AL: Making Every Moment Count

Assisted Living in Satsuma AL: Making Every Moment Count

A person might not be considering a rock climbing adventure when they’re in their late 60s, 70s, or 80s, but that doesn’t mean they can’t find new adventures that give them thrills. One of the most important things for human beings is social interaction.

We are social creatures and, as a result, the moments that tend to take our breath away usually involve other people. This senior who has finally decided to choose assisted living for their future might be living alone. They may be widowed. They may have adult children living across the country and few of their friends are in the area or still alive. They may feel completely isolated and alone.

When they finally move into this new assisted living community (new to them), they will be introduced to new people. They will be exposed to potentially brand new experiences. They will have opportunities they thought were well behind them to experience life in new ways.

How can they make every moment count?

It might take some people time to adjust. Some seniors will spend the majority of their waking hours inside their room with the door closed. That is certainly their right, but eventually they should be encouraged to get out and explore. Some seniors who are extremely shy might eventually keep their door open during the day and allow other residents to say hello, stop by to visit, and more.

When they finally get out to explore the entertainment, activities, and other things that go on every day at this assisted living community, they will start to realize there’s a lot to enjoy and plenty of life still to live. They might not be traveling anymore, but that doesn’t mean they have to stop living life on their own terms.

To make every moment count at assisted living, it’s all about putting oneself ‘out there.’ Getting out of the room, walking around, and exploring what this community offers is the best first step to make every moment count in this new life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering assisted living in 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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