What Are Some Signs Mom Is Adjusting Well to Assisted Living?

If you are trying to figure out whether your mother is adjusting to her new life at assisted living or not, below we give you a few signs that she is. Not everyone is going to adjust to significant changes in their life at the same pace or in the same way, so it’s important not to get caught up in looking for these specific signs.

Assisted living is one of the best options for aging men and women who need at least some level of care and support, even if it is not daily. Or, for people who no longer want to deal with the regular upkeep, cleaning, and maintenance of their home.

If your mother has recently moved into an assisted living community and you aren’t sure if she is adjusting as well as you hoped she would, are feeling guilty for having recommended it, even though she wasn’t too enthusiastic about it at first, let’s set your mind at ease.

Do you recognize any of these following signs from your mother? If so, then you can rest assured that most likely she is adjusting quite well her new assisted living home.

Sign #1: She’s not in her room when you call.

Assisted Living Citronelle, AL: Adjusting to Assisted Living

Of course, this doesn’t mean everything is just fine, but if you call in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening, or at different times throughout the day, and she doesn’t answer, it’s usually due to one of two reasons.

Either she’s ignoring you, which is highly unlikely, or she is not in her room. In most cases, elderly men and women, when they move into an assisted living facility that offers various activities, has great residents who are friendly and engaging, and offer wonderful entertainment options, those elderly men and women are active.

Your mother is probably not in her room because she is doing something throughout the day. That is a great sign that she is having fun, making new friends, perhaps reconnecting with friends she hasn’t seen in a while, and enjoying life.

Sign #2: She seems happier.

When you do talk to her on the phone or visit, you notice a change in her demeanor. Perhaps before, while she was struggling at home, she seemed lonely, frustrated, and unhappy.

Now, though, there is a bounce in her step, a twinkle in her eye, and a smile that she can’t seem to hide.

Sign #3: She speaks highly of this decision.

Some people will talk positively about decisions they didn’t really like or agree with in order to help their loved one feel better. She’s not patronizing you, though. Not if she is talking highly about assisted living and how great this decision really was.

She might not have been on board with the decision for assisted living when you first brought it up, but she has come around now. She sees it from the inside and realizes how beneficial it is for her life, her safety, and, perhaps most importantly, for her quality of life.

When you see any or all of these signs, rest assured she is adjusting quite well to assisted living.

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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