Moving to Assisted Living Isn’t a Magic Pill: Seniors Still Need to Be Proactive in Order to Make the Most of This Incredible Opportunity!

It’s easy to assume that making certain decisions will solve every problem. Unfortunately, that often isn’t the case. In fact, it’s rarely the case. For example, a senior who ultimately decides assisted living would be a good asset for them may do so with some reluctance, more often by being pressured by family and friends.

Assisted Living in Theodore AL: Making the Most of Assisted Living

Assisted Living in Theodore AL: Making the Most of Assisted Living

It can be a relief when an elderly person agrees to move into assisted living.

Their family and friends might have been worried about this senior living alone for quite some time. However, that elderly man or woman didn’t want to leave their house. They had lived in the same place for years; the idea of uprooting their entire life, slipping away from the memories they hold dear, was not easy to consider.

When this elderly person finally moves into assisted living, it doesn’t mean everything is going to be perfect. Some might believe this is a magic pill of sorts, some solution that will solve everyone’s problems. In reality, problems generally follow people around, despite where they live.

So, what’s the advantage assisted living offers?

First and foremost, it offers a safe environment for this aging senior. With supportive staff, experienced and qualified workers at this facility, every resident will have access to those who can assist them if they have need. For example, one morning an aging resident might have difficulty getting out of bed. Instead of trying to struggle alone, as they would at home, they could call a staff member to assist them.

Second, assisted living offers companionship.

When many seniors live alone, there’s an increased risk of developing feelings of isolation and loneliness. They may no longer drive, can’t get out to visit with friends, and have extreme difficulty just going to the store, the mall, or other points of interest.

Every assisted living community is different, but many of them offer transportation services throughout the week. Some of those rides will take residents to doctors’ appointments while others will go to the mall, an art gallery, museum, or other points of interest.

Seniors will be surrounded by peers their own age who are facing many of the same challenges they do. It may take time to develop friendships for some and it may take time for some seniors to become comfortable in this new environment. Life isn’t necessarily going to completely turn around and be joyous and filled with laughter and good tidings just because a person changes their address.

It takes determination to reach out, to connect, and to take part in what’s going on in the world around them. Family and friends should be supportive of those seniors who choose assisted living and continue to encourage them to make the most of this opportunity. Things may not seem to improve immediately, but they will eventually for most men and women.

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