The Importance of Assisted Living Tours

Tours: Assisted Living Chickasaw AL

Tours: Assisted Living Chickasaw AL

When you’re ready to purchase a home, you wouldn’t buy something you haven’t seen, would you? You would likely want to see the layout, get a sense of the decor, the smells, property, and a firsthand look to make sure everything is as advertised. When it comes to seniors searching for the right assisted living facility, that process remains the same. Especially when they’re downsizing from their own home.

Take a Tour

Make no mistake, assisted living is one of the best elder care options a senior can make for their future. It doesn’t matter whether they are still fully capable of tending to their own needs or have difficulty with mobility, memory, medications, or other aspects of life. Assisted living is an elder care option that allows men and women to maximize quality of life. They also get to be surrounded by experienced staff members, as well as seniors their own age with who they might have a lot more in common than they realize.

Seeing an assisted living facility in person is a lot different than taking a virtual tour or simply going online and watching a video. After all, today, realtors are using a wide range of methods and media to advertise properties they represent. Yet, not one of them would expect a buyer to make an offer and close a deal without personally viewing the estate, house, or land first.

There are a number of reasons why taking a tour of an assisted living facility in person is so important, but here are the main few.

Firsthand Views

As mentioned, most people are not going to purchase a home, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars or even more on a property without seeing it themselves. A house can look immaculate, perfect, the home of their dreams in pictures, but what if there’s mold hidden in the rafters underneath? What if termites have had their way and are still causing damage? What if the roof needs to be replaced because it’s leaking?

Taking a tour of an assisted living community gives your senior loved one a firsthand view of what it’s really like, what it looks like, how the residents interact, and how it might be to live there.

Ask Direct Questions

As you go on a tour, certain questions may pop into your mind. Don’t be afraid to ask them! Your senior loved one might also suddenly realize something they want to know. They can ask the tour guide or administrators right then and there, so nothing goes unanswered. 

Meeting Other Residents

Nothing sells an assisted living community like it’s residents. When you take a tour, keep in mind that these are residents who deserve privacy, but there may be some who are willing to answer questions, talk to prospective residents, and give a better view of what it’s like to call that place home.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to 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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