What Have You Been Told in Regards to Assisted Living? What is Your Perception?

The Benefits of a Personal Care Home near Spanish Fort, AL (and How You Can Express these to a Loved One)

Convincing an elderly loved one that moving into a personal care home is the best option for them at this time may seem complicated. Depending on how long a person has lived in their current home, they may be reluctant to leave.Assisted Living Spanish Fort AL

If you are talking about assisted living, also sometimes referred to as a personal care home, the challenges in trying to convince someone that this is the right decision can be significant. Below are a few tips that can help you understand what they may be thinking and it might provide some insight and knowledge into approaching the subject in the most effective manner.

  1. People often have misconceptions about assisted living.

For many years, people assumed that assisted living facilities were no different than nursing homes. Most of us have seen movies or other news reports about nursing home care and the staff who are overworked and that there simply aren’t enough people to take care of patients that those elderly patients end up waiting for hours to have their linens changed or their needs addressed.

Assisted living is nothing like that. Letting people know the truth about assisted living begins by educating yourself regarding the options and the type of facilities that are available.

  1. Activities galore.

Living in a personal care home will usually mean living with other elderly individuals who require some level of assistance. That also means there will likely be numerous activities for residents to take part in. Some of these activities may be commonplace such as art projects or playing card games, but other activities may actually inspire residents to be more active than they have been.

  1. Experienced staff members.

When a person requires a significant level of assistance or worries about their safety at home living alone, a personal care home can be a great temptation once they realize they will be surrounded by experienced and compassionate staff members around-the-clock. Imagine the difference in the emotional state of mind for somebody who would no longer have to worry what would happen if they fell and couldn’t get to a phone to call for help.

These are just three simple benefits that a personal care home can offer and when you begin talking about those benefits rather than just telling your loved one they should consider assisted living, it can have a direct impact on their willingness to listen and pay attention.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living near Spanish Fort, 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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