Organize Medical Information for Assisted Living in Theodore AL

Trying to decide whether your mother should be in a personal care home, or other assisted living facility can be a challenging task. The last thing you want is for your mother to be uncomfortable, frightened, and lonely.  So you’ve taken the time, and determined that even though an in home care provider may have been a good option, with no neighbors and no friends around the area anymore, your mother would do best with some people her own age with whom to interact.Assisted Living Theodore AL

Now the date for moving in is approaching and you’re going to have a number of doubts. You’ll be second-guessing your decision, no matter what your mother says. Whatever you chose, you need to trust that you made the right decision, and hopefully you made it with your mother and not for her.

Now it’s time to get beyond these common feelings and focus on what your mother will need and what the assisted living staff will need to provide with regard to your mother’s care.  It’s important that you provide all relevant and necessary medical information to them. Even if your mother is planning on living in a home on her own within the community, or moving into an apartment style home within a central building, the staff at the assisted living facility should have any and all pertinent information regarding her health history.

This should include any doctors that she sees regularly.  This list should start with her primary care physician, gynecologist, orthotics specialist, physical therapist, and more.  Many assisted living facilities provide transportation for their residents to doctors’ appointments across town, so they should have a clear understanding of what doctors she has, and when her appointments are.  Even if you still plan on driving her to these appointments, you should still provide this information to them.

Also, be sure to have all of her prescription medications in order.  If she has any prescriptions that need to be renewed within the next month, you’ll want to either renew them now, or make a clear note on a calendar so you’ll remember.  During the move, things can become hectic, and you could forget about refilling it until you receive a call from someone at the assisted living facility asking you about it, which could be at any time during the day, or even at night, depending on the type of medication it is.

Any medical ailments, such as allergies, broken bones, infections, or anything else you think could be relevant should be noted on paper for anyone who may need it.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living in Theodore AL  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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