Three Ways Assisted Living Provides Temporary Care Solutions to Aging Seniors

Assisted living provides many wonderful options for aging men and women. Some people may be surprised to learn that certain elder care facilities like assisted living may also provide respite care options.

These short-term, temporary solutions are a great way for both seniors and their family caregivers to get time apart, to take a break. There are numerous ways that the right elder care facility can provide short-term solutions.

1. With overnight stays.

Assisted Living Mobile, AL: Short Term Stays

Assisted Living Mobile, AL: Short Term Stays

Did you know that some assisted living communities will allow elderly men and women the option of simply staying at their facility overnight? This could be just for one or two nights or several during the week.

The senior can drive himself or herself to the facility or (more likely), be dropped off by an adult family member, neighbor, or friend in the evening hours. They can enjoy some of the activities and other amenities the assisted living community offers then go to sleep in a room, withy staff members ready to assist if needed.

In the morning, their family member or friend can pick them up and they can return home. This is a great option for seniors who may still be mobile, but who might struggle for one reason or another during those overnight hours.

2. Short-term stays.

Let’s say you’re a family caregiver looking after your elderly mother. You’ve been doing this for months, maybe even years. It has been stressful and tiring. You are completely exhausted.

The last time you took a vacation, you brought your mother along. It seemed like the right thing to do at the time, but you couldn’t really relax. You didn’t enjoy the time off from work or even get to spend quality time with your adult children, friends, spouse, or others who traveled with you.

By the time you returned home, you felt even more exhausted than before you left. Wouldn’t it have been a wonderful option to know your mother was safe in the protection of a great elder care facility like assisted living?

Most people, though, assume this is a permanent solution, not something temporary. Some quality assisted living communities will provide short-term stay options for aging residents in the community.

This could be for a week, two weeks, and maybe even up to a month or sometimes more.

Not only can this give you — the family caregiver — much-needed time away, but it can also bridge the gap that helps your mother realize what a wonderful elder care choice this could be.

3. A few days a week.

One of the other options that some assisted living communities may offer is allowing seniors to stay at the facility for a few days a week. It doesn’t have to be consecutive days, either. It could be a Monday, Wednesday, Friday option or Tuesday and Wednesday and then Saturday and Sunday.

Each facility is different, so check with the assisted living community you might be considering for this and find out what respite care options they do provide. It may also depend on availability, which can change from month-to-month.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to an Assisted Living facility near Mobile, 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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