“What If Everyone There’s a Gossip?” Concerns About Assisted Living Some Seniors May Have

Assisted Living Spanish Fort AL: “What If Everyone There’s a Gossip?” Concerns About Assisted Living Some Seniors May Have

Assisted Living Spanish Fort AL: “What If Everyone There’s a Gossip?” Concerns About Assisted Living Some Seniors May Have

Gossip. The act in which people discuss the behaviors, talk, and actions of other individuals. In many situations gossip can be hurtful, though the people spreading it may partake in such behavior for any number of reasons (not necessarily malicious). If an aging senior is considering assisted living as an option for their future, what about the prospect that other residents take part in gossip?

Is this reason enough to avoid assisted living?

In truth, no matter where a person lives, no matter what they do, no matter how they carry themselves, there are always going to be others who feel it’s not just in their interest, but their obligation to talk about it amongst friends.

Gossip can certainly be harmful and hurtful. It’s a negative behavior that is often rooted in cutting another person’s life part, dissecting everything they do, and sharing the ‘bad stuff’, usually as a deflection.

An assisted living facility is certainly not going to be able to combat gossip or even discourage it as everyone has the right to live life on their terms, talk about what they wish to talk about, and with whomever they like.

However, if a person is contemplating assisted living and they’re worried about residents gossiping about them, that could give them an excuse to not consider it any further. Sadly, this can leave them missing out on a wonderful opportunity to have a higher quality of life, get support when needed, make new friends, and pursue a wide range of activities.

The best way to deal with gossipers.

Whether it’s at home, visiting with friends, at a senior center, or even an assisted living community, there will always be people who love to gossip. If an aging senior is concerned about this when considering assisted living, it is, ultimately, a small thing.

They don’t have to surround themselves with those other residents who take part in this type of behavior. A quality assisted living facility will have plenty of different men and women who share common interests with one another, no matter how shy or outgoing they happen to be.

A quality assisted living facility will encourage residents to take part in activities, enjoy the entertainment facilities, watch movies together, and share time. If an aging senior moves in and notices others gossiping about residents they don’t know, it would be best for them to avoid getting drawn into the same things they dislike.

An aging senior can spend more time in their room or connect with people they trust or pursue activities and interests, or whatever they like. And there will always be aging seniors who will make them feel comfortable, no matter what gossip cliques form in their midst.

If you or an aging loved one are considering assisted living in Spanish Fort, 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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