Three Ways Assisted Living Just Might Help Seniors Improve Quality of Life

Life should be enjoyed. Whether a person is just starting out in their adult life or has reached retirement age, quality of life should always be essential. When people begin having difficulty with their own basic care when they reach their late 60s, 70s, or 80s, assisted living could be an option to consider.

Assisted Living in Saraland AL: Improving Quality of Life

Assisted Living in Saraland AL: Improving Quality of Life

Some seniors see it as a step down.

There are plenty of reasons why elderly men and women may avoid the discussion about assisted living with family or friends. A lot of them will see it as an admission to their own limitations, a reduction in their physical capabilities, and a reduction in their quality of life.

Some of these seniors will view assisted living as nothing more than nursing home care.

The two are completely different. Unfortunately, assisted living has been cast into lot of nursing home care, even though it is more directly associated with community living with experienced staff who can provide support when and if needed.

Below are three ways that assisted living might help seniors improve their life, comfort, and enjoyment of it.

1. Many offer activities.

Many assisted living facilities offer great activities that elderly residents truly enjoy. Some of these could involve arts and crafts, music, and games. As every facility is different, it’s important to find out what kind of activities they provide, if any.

When seniors have many different things to do each day, it can maximize enjoyment and quality of life.

2. They can provide support.

Through improved support, both emotional and physical, it helps to boost confidence for many seniors who may have lost a great deal of it through the years. When a person has difficulty simply getting out of bed in the morning and is constantly worried about slipping and falling, they can lose confidence to do many things they use to without a second thought.

Regaining this type of confidence helps to improve their perception of and enjoyment of life.

3. It helps to foster new friendships.

As human beings are social creatures, we are meant to be connected with others. When seniors are living alone and feeling isolated, that can lead to an increased risk of depression and other serious challenges. When they are surrounded by peers who share common interests, they often forge new friendships and that can be extremely beneficial at improving life overall.

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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