Three Reasons Some Seniors Never Listen When It Comes to Assisted Living

For as many different seniors as there are in the world, there are plenty of reasons why some would never consider assisted living. Unfortunately, for those that never get around to realizing the benefits this senior care option offers, they don’t know what they’re missing.

Assisted Living in Saraland AL: Reasons Seniors Won't Consider Assisted Living

Assisted Living in Saraland AL: Reasons Seniors Won’t Consider Assisted Living

Below are three of the most common reasons that some seniors refuse to even listen to what assisted living can offer them at this point in their life.

Reason #1: They have various misconceptions about it.

Whether a person wants to call them misconceptions or prejudices, a lot of seniors and their family members assume this is no different than nursing home care. Assisted living has only really been developed over the last four decades, and before that elderly men and women who needed extensive support and care throughout the day were usually relegated to nursing homes.

These nursing homes were often understaffed, overpopulated, and the living conditions were, in some cases, deplorable. Getting rid of those misconceptions can be difficult, and that’s where having facts on hand to refute them can be instrumental at convincing somebody to consider this for their future.

Reason #2: They don’t want to lose independence.

Just because a person moves into an assisted living facility doesn’t mean they give up their independence. That’s a common fear people have as they get older and begin struggling with various things throughout the day. The more help they need, the more fear they might have that they will lose the right to do certain things as they see fit.

With the right assisted living community, elderly residents maintain their independence and autonomy as much as they want, but will have supportive staff members, other residents, and much more that can provide them care and support when needed.

Reason #3: They assume it’s too expensive.

Depending on where a person lives in the country, assisted living could range from anywhere between about $2,500 per month to $5,500 per month or slightly more. There are ways to bring the cost down, including sharing a room, but there are plenty of other options to help pay for it, including a reverse mortgage, long-term care insurance, and so on.

Simply discounting this as a possibility because of the cost often leaves some seniors without having any idea what they could be missing out on. Helping people realize the truth about assisted living often gets them thinking about this more seriously, and that’s a great first step.

If you or an aging loved one are considering assisted living in Saraland, 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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