Mom Would Benefit from Short-Term Care, and Assisted Living Could Be the Answer

May 8th is Mother’s Day this year. If your mother is struggling and would benefit from some type of elder care, you may have volunteered to support her, especially if you live in the area. However, assisted living is one of the best elder care options to consider for many good reasons.

Still, a lot of seniors have misconceptions about assisted living, don’t think it’s right for them, at least not at this point in their life, but if you are convinced this would be the best option for her moving forward, what might you give her for Mother’s Day this year that could help convince her?


Consider respite care stays.

Assisted Living Spanish Fort, AL: Short Term Care

Assisted Living Spanish Fort, AL: Short Term Care

Not all assisted living facilities will provide this option, but for those that do, it can be great at helping to convince those seniors that assisted living is truly an elder care option that maximizes quality of life.

What does it mean to offer respite care? Generally speaking, it means some type of short-term stay. Some assisted living communities, when they have space available, may allow aging seniors to sleep at their facility overnight.

This is a wonderful way for seniors to get to know other men and women their age during the evening hours and then sleep in a room surrounded by experienced staff members ready to help at any given time.

Maybe your mother only requires a little bit of assistance every once in a while. Yet, you might stress when you go home at night, wondering if she slipped getting out of bed or is facing some other dire challenge you won’t know about until the next time you call or stop by.

You could theoretically drop her off at assisted living in the evening and then pick her up the next morning to bring her back home. Many seniors realize just how much assisted living can provide as far as activity, companionship, and support through these overnight stay options.

Some other facilities may allow seniors to stay at their facility for a few days or a couple of weeks at a time. It all depends on availability, of course, but this may be one of the best gifts you can give your mother if you know -without a doubt- she would benefit from constant support and care.


What if you already brought up the topic of assisted living to her?

She might have shut it down. She may think you are simply trying to pass her off on someone else. That is patently false, but when you’re struggling with your physical abilities, health issues, and an uncertain future, you may have a tendency to lash out, even at the people you love the most.

In the past, though, you might have talked about assisted living as a permanent solution, not a temporary option. It may very well be time to revisit this, let her know she doesn’t have to give up her home at this stage in her life, but take advantage of the respite care options and see for herself just how amazing assisted living can be.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to an 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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