Visiting a Loved One in Assisted Living in Mobile AL!

Just because your loved one is getting the assistance, and care they need while living in an assisted living facility, it is still important for them to feel just as much a part of the family as they did before.  Therefore, your visits will mean a lot to them as it breaks up their routine, and allows them to stay connected to family.Assisted Living Mobile AL

Plan your visits in advance as it will give your loved one something to look forward to. This also shows that you respect their schedule by arranging to meet when it is convenient for not just you, but your loved one as well.  Ask if there is anything they need or want you to bring, and be sure to show up when you say you will.

Assisted living facilities offer a variety of options. Your loved one might have their own apartment, or a room with a common living area.  Regardless of the setup, the assisted living facility is now the place that your loved one calls home so try your best to treat your loved one as normal as you did before.  It’s beneficial for your loved one to see that you feel relaxed, and comfortable.

There are several activities that you, and your loved one can do to ensure a happy, fun, and memorable visit.  Maybe your loved one enjoys games or making crafts.  This helps to keep their minds active and helps to fight off depression.

Photos are a great idea for remembering happy times, or keeping them involved in the daily lives of their grandchildren or other family members.  They might even enjoy putting together a photo album or scrapbook.  This is also a great way to bond over conversation.

Reading with your loved one is an activity that seniors enjoy but often can’t do on their own.  Books become too heavy to hold, vision may be impaired, or a medical condition, which causes them to shake, prevents them from doing an activity they once loved. Even reading the newspaper, or magazine article is a way to bond and enjoy conversation together.

Make arrangements to take your loved one on an outing to a favorite restaurant, park, or church.  Shopping, visiting with friends, and even a trip to the hairdresser helps them to remain an active member of society.

Maintaining a positive attitude when visiting a loved one is the most important thing. Engaging with them allows them to feel a sense of value, and this is vital to their overall  well-being.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living  in Mobile  AL,  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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