Three Signs Your Aging Father Would Do Well at Assisted Living

More and more you are noticing that your father is reaching the point where living on his own can be a safety hazard. The idea of suggesting assisted living where elder care can be a benefit is a conversation you have been hesitant to have.

Watching a parent or loved one age and struggle with daily tasks they used to do so well is heart wrenching. Having conversations in which you discuss things your loved one can’t do anymore almost feels like taking away a part of their life, stripping them of their dignity in a way. What choice do you have though if you want to keep them safe but know they shouldn’t be on their own?

While having lunch one day with your dad, you were surprised that he brought up the subject of assisted living first. By the end of your conversation, you got the impression that he would be open to taking this next step.

Three Signs a Loved One Would Do Well at Assisted Living.

Assisted Living Citronelle, AL: Assisted Living is a Great Option

1) He’s talking about it – Most of the time we know our limits and sometimes we want to keep pushing but sometimes knowing our limits can mean accepting help. If your loved one is openly talking about assisted living in a positive way, this is an indication that they are willing to take a step back and receive help where needed.

2) He’s struggling to keep up with home – The simple act of getting down on our knees and back up or climbing ladders to maintain a home becomes more of a struggle and safety hazard as we age.

Keeping up with the gardening, mowing the lawn, raking leaves, cleaning gutters, snow removal are some chores that become a struggle to maintain as we age. Yes, we can opt to pay someone to do those things for us but an even better option that some are quick to realize is looking into assisted living.

If your loved one is forthcoming with being unable to keep up with things around the home, this an opportunity to discuss how well they would do to consider assisted living.

3) His friends are there – Your dad was quick to mention friends who now reside at an assisted living facility. Maybe your dad is unable to drive and get around on his own. Being in a place where he could see, talk, and take part in activities with friends is something he finds quite appealing.

Assisted living allows us to be independent where we can be but receive help where it is needed. You can enjoy social interactions and activities if you want in a safe manner while not having to worry about the upkeep and maintenance of a home.

If you are hesitant to discuss assisted living with a loved one but know they need elder care, look for these three signs that they are open to the idea. Support their positive outlook and watch them flourish as they explore a new outlook on life.

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