Some Activities You MIGHT Enjoy at the Right Assisted Living Community

Bear in mind that when it comes to elder care, assisted living is one of the best options to consider, but it might not be for everyone. Also, it is vitally important elderly men and women recognize that each assisted living facility is different, so while one may offer certain activities, another may provide different options.

Too many people commonly associate what happens at one of assisted living community with all of them. That is not only unfair to high quality assisted living facilities, but also tends to propagate misinformation and misconceptions about what this type of elder care can offer.

For those who are considering assisted living and are wondering what types of activities they might enjoy on a regular basis if they decide to move to one of these facilities, below are a list of just some general concepts. Remember, though, that it’s best to either take a tour or speak to an administrator at a specific assisted living community and find out exactly what residents can enjoy on a regular basis.

Exercise classes.

Assisted Living Fairhope, AL: Assisted Living Activities

Exercise is still important, even for somebody in their 60s, 70s, or 80s. Everyone has different interests and preferences when it comes to exercise activities, though. A decent assisted living facility will provide exercise classes and other activities or games that elderly residents can enjoy, which give them some level of exercise on a regular basis.

What might some of these activities be? In some facilities, yoga, ballroom dancing, and even boxing lessons have been known to be presented to residents. It sounds a little tough, especially the boxing lessons, but without contact, boxing or even limited tae kwon do or karate moves can provide incredible exercise and strengthening opportunities in a safe and healthy environment.

Golf, bocce, shuffleboard, and even bowling could also be a great way for residents to enjoy some physical activity.

Workshops and classes.

It might be a book club or an embroidery class. It might be a group dedicated to staying on top of current events and politics. Each facility is going to offer different types of workshops and classes, and when professionals from outside the facility come in to volunteer their time to offer these workshops and classes, it is a great opportunity for seniors to be exposed to something new or pursue something they always enjoyed.

Creative endeavors.

Many people spend their lives wishing they could learn to play an instrument, write a book, paint, sculpt, and do other artistic or creative endeavors. At many assisted living facilities, this is the opportunity to do that.

By providing residents with a schedule of activities and the space in which to pursue these creative efforts, it is encouraging and supportive.

The more you know about the different types of activities you might be able to enjoy at a specific assisted living community, the more you begin to realize just how valuable this elder care option truly is. Reach out and connect to an assisted living facility in your area and find out what they offer residents at this time.

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