Memory Care Assisted Living Might Very Well Be the Best Option for an Aging Senior Having Extreme Difficulties at Home

Somebody dealing with dementia is going to face memory related problems, especially as the disease progresses. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia and when an aging senior is progressing through this disease, they might be supported by a spouse, adult children, and other family members who live in the area, friends, and even neighbors, but at some point in time their challenges are going to become much more significant. This is when memory care assisted living would be a great option to discuss.

Assisted Living in Mobile AL: Memory Care

Assisted Living in Mobile AL: Memory Care

What kind of extreme difficulties might somebody face?

A person diagnosed with any form of dementia is going to struggle with their memory. This is going to make it much more challenging for him or her to complete tasks of everyday life. They may forget to take certain medications, might not remember whether they took a shower, ate breakfast, or did other tasks.

Some seniors may decide to suddenly go for a walk, even if it’s pouring rain outside, the middle of winter, or at some other time of the day or night, mostly because they aren’t cogent enough to understand the risks involved. Even some seniors dealing with Alzheimer’s, for example, could seem mentally competent when they head out for a walk, but then become disoriented, lost, and that can quickly become a life-threatening situation, especially for older individuals.

At a memory care assisted living facility, seniors will have an opportunity to be surrounded by experienced staff members and take part in various activities that could be extremely beneficial for their diminished state of mind.

Not all seniors are going to be open to the idea, at first.

Some people will simply dig in their heels, so to speak, and want to remain at home for as long as possible, but that’s not always practical. Their family support system may have to work, take care of other errands, and have numerous responsibilities that make it difficult, if not impossible, to be there for this aging senior all day and all night, which may become more necessary as the years progress.

Quality assisted living offers aging seniors a wonderful opportunity to be supported by experienced, dedicated, compassionate staff members who understand intimately the value in consistency, patience, and encouragement. Quality of life may not always be easy to boost for some seniors dealing with dementia at home, but at an assisted living community that has dedicated staff members for memory care, it can certainly improve it and provide more comfort for the senior and even his or her family and friends.

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