Seasons Change, and So Do We: Why Seniors Should Consider Assisted Living for Their Advancing Years

Right now, where you live, you might be in the midst of a seasonal change. We may be moving from fall into winter, spring into summer, or one of the other transition times of the year. Sometimes, these seasonal changes can be met with joy. Other times, a bit of anxiousness, frustration, and worry.

While calendar seasons happen regularly, every year, the different seasons of a life happen just once. And rarely are we completely aware of when we move from the summer season of adulthood toward autumn and then the winter of our years.

For an aging senior who has clearly moved closer and closer to the winter of their life, it can be difficult to maintain their dignity, safety, and security. As people age, their physical abilities will diminish.

Even for somebody in their 60s or 70s who exercises regularly, stays fit, plays sports, works out, swims laps, and so forth, there will come a time when they are no longer able to maintain the same level of fitness and strength. That will begin to affect their balance and ability to take care of themselves properly.

When that happens, it’s time for that aging senior to consider certain elder care options. One of the best elder care options is assisted living, and we outline a few of the reasons why an aging senior should at least consider this as the season in their life begins to change.

Reason #1: It offers relief from constant home demands.

Assisted Living Satsuma, AL: Changing Seasons and Seniors

Whether a person owns their house or rents, they have various responsibilities. One of the key responsibilities include preparing meals and cleaning. For an older individual, housekeeping, cleaning the house, the toilet, the dishes after meals, and so forth can be taxing.

When that aging senior chooses assisted living, they won’t have to worry about most of these issues any longer. The facility staff will take care of the cleaning, including in the bathrooms. A quality assisted living facility will also provide wonderful dining options with variety and healthy meals.

Reason #2: Experienced care.

While an elderly person may turn to their adult children, grandchildren, friends, or neighbors for help when they need it, most people don’t have experience supporting an elderly person in that way. They learn as they do it.

That means a lot of mistakes, oversights, and missed opportunities can occur. That’s not going to happen with the best elder care option available, which is assisted living. That’s because a quality facility will have experienced staff on hand, ready to provide for the care needs of each resident.

Reason #3: A sense of community brings comfort.

Human beings are social creatures. That means we can do better when surrounded by others. In a community like an assisted living facility, residents are surrounded by peers their own age who share common interests, who can empathize with their struggles, and encourage them by their experiences.

As the seasons change in your life or that of a loved one, help them see the benefit that assisted living delivers.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living near 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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