Turn to Memory Care Assisted Living for an Aging Parent Dealing with a Brain Injury

When somebody suffers a brain injury, the consequences can be devastating. They can lead to significant or minor memory related challenges. It can lead to an inability to function without assistance. If you have an elderly parent — mother or father — who has recently suffered a brain injury, regardless of whether it is considered minor or significant, you might want to sit down and talk about assisted living for their future.

Brain injuries can happen due to numerous factors.

Assisted Living Citronelle, AL: Memory Care

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and whether this brain injury was the result of an accident, a slip and fall, for example, that is irrelevant. Maybe your mother was at home alone and slipped on the kitchen floor or even the bathroom floor and fell down, smacking her head on the tile surface.

Maybe your father was involved in a car accident. Or perhaps he was outside shoveling snow, even though he shouldn’t have been doing that still at his age, and slipped on some ice. It might have been many minutes or even longer before somebody realized he needed help.

Whatever caused the brain injury, from surgery, a health crisis, heart attack, stroke, or anything else, you need to consider long-term care options. The best of all is assisted living.

Why is assisted living such a great option for somebody with a brain injury?

The most critical answer is the support your mother or father would receive when they moved into assisted living. Experienced staff can make a world of difference when it comes to brain related challenges, including injuries.

While this aging parent might not have memory challenges at the moment, they will likely be facing some limited mobility or function. Having experienced staff members ready to support him or her anytime of the day or night can be a great relief, not just to them, but to you and everyone else in the family.

Assisted living, especially a memory care facility, will be well-equipped to deal with the challenges and struggles the senior is going to confront as they move through the rest of their life.

Will a brain injury improve?

Not that the injury will improve, but can the conditions and symptoms of a brain injury change over time? Absolutely, they can, but if there is permanent damage to the neural structures, there is unlikely to be any real marked improvement in function, memory, or other struggles.

However, some of those challenges can actually increase with age, health factors, and other conditions.

Choosing assisted living now can make a world of difference as this aging parent moves deeper and deeper into their 70s, 80s, or 90s with a brain injury.

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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