The Holidays Could Be More Enjoyable for You and Your Elderly Mother This Year Thanks to Assisted Living

If you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans who are supporting an aging parent, grandparent, spouse, or other loved one, and you’ve been doing it for many years, you already understand the holidays can be overwhelming. It’s difficult enough to prepare for and enjoy the holidays when family is visiting or you have to travel somewhere across the country, but when you have an elderly person to look after, things become exponentially complicated.

In the past, you might have dismissed some other forms of elder care because you saw this as your responsibility. Or you simply believe that if you turn to elder care, it was more for permanent, long-term solutions, not something short-term.

However, assisted living is a great elder care choice for those families just like yours who may be looking at the pending holidays and wondering if there’s something better for not just you, but the senior who relies on you almost daily.


Isn’t assisted living a full-time commitment?

Assisted Living Citronelle, AL: Seniors and Holiday Care

Assisted Living Citronelle, AL: Seniors and Holiday Care

Not all assisted living communities require an aging senior to commit to moving in and living there full-time right from the start. More and more are actually providing respite care services.


What is respite care?

It basically means a ‘break.’ The elderly person can get a ‘break’ from their family, their primary caregiver, because the stress and pressure on the relationship can become immense. And intense.

Respite care can also offer a short-term option for those family numbers and friends who just need some time to deal with other things, their job, their own families, and other responsibilities.


What kind of respite care might you consider for the holidays?

Begin your search now and find out if there is an assisted living facility in your area that offers respite care options. Some of them may provide short-term stays, like for several days in a week or for a couple of weeks at a time.

If they have the availability, the senior you support might be able to move in for a week or two over the holiday season. That way, you can travel and relax, enjoy yourself for a much-needed break. Remember, if you’re overwhelmed emotionally, mentally, and physically, you’re doing harm to yourself long-term.

And, if something happens to you, then who will take care of that senior depending on you right now? Respite is about taking some time for yourself.

Or, if you’re planning to be in the area, but want to focus on entertaining, spending quality time with people you haven’t seen in a while, the senior can stay at that facility and you can pick him or her up to come for a visit, drive them back in the late afternoon or evening hours, and know they are going to be safe.

No longer would you have to worry throughout the holidays, stress about being a caregiver first and a mother or father, friend, brother, sister, or other person second. You can be the person you always have been without that stress hanging over you.

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