Seniors Who Rely on Overnight Care at Assisted Living Often Have a More Positive Outlook on Life

Being positive is a goal of most people. Few individuals honestly prefer to have a negative mindset, but for some seniors, it becomes difficult to remain hopeful or positive in many settings. There’s a way for aging men and women (who may have some challenges with their health or physical abilities) to be more optimistic about their days, and their future. It’s called assisted living respite services.

Assisted living remains one of the best elder care options available for aging seniors, but too many simply don’t know what it offers, what it’s truly about, and equate it with other types of senior care.


Yes, some assisted living facilities provide overnight stay options.

Assisted Living Chickasaw, AL: Staying Positive

Assisted Living Chickasaw, AL: Staying Positive

This is often quite the surprise to many seniors (and their family members). They assume that, in order to take advantage of assisted living, they have to make a permanent, full-time commitment.

Not always. While each assisted living facility is different, there are at least a few that offer aging seniors the option for respite care. This could mean staying for a few days during the week, a couple of weeks at a time, or even overnight.


What benefits could a senior gain from overnight care?

When an aging senior requires some level of assistance at home, they might be able to receive it from their spouse, another roommate if they share the house with somebody else, or even an adult child or their family, if they have moved in with them.

Still, most of the time those people who may live with the aging senior are unlikely to be available during the overnight hours. What if that senior has to get up and use the bathroom, but has difficulty maintaining their balance? What if they’re not steady on their feet?

What if it’s during those overnight hours when they and their loved ones work the most?

Most pressing, for the seniors who live alone, not only do they worry about their own safety when they begin losing strength and balance, but their loved ones do as well. Overnight stays at assisted living provide a wonderful benefit because it allows these seniors to enjoy the benefits of having experienced staff members ready to assist, if needed, any time during the night.

They also get to return home in the morning, where they might feel more comfortable, at least at the time. Many people don’t consider assisted living because they have such misconceptions about it, but when they visit and enjoy the benefits of respite services, they can see what the facility looks like, get to know some of the other residents, make friends and new connections, and begin to break down those barriers that have kept them from considering it in the first place.

This doesn’t mean everyone who utilizes those overnight stay options at select assisted living communities will choose this permanently for their future, but it is a great way to offer peace of mind, safety, and security during those nighttime hours when family and friends are tucked in safe and sound.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to an Assisted Living in Chickasaw, 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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