What is Assisted Living in Saraland AL Like?

One of the most common questions that people have when it comes to assisted living is what is it, and what is it like?  A lot of people have preconceived notions about assisted living facilities.  Some of these ideas come from movies or television programs, while others are more ingrained through the years of misconceptions being spread around.Assisted Living Saraland AL

The most important thing to understand about one of these personal home care facilities is that they are nothing like nursing homes.  This is important, because these facilities and nursing homes are often confused for one another.

An assisted living facility is a place where elderly individuals live, in various states of independence, and where they can get the support and care that they may need, or very little at all.  There may be nurses on staff at some of these facilities, or they could have a nurse stop in, and visit from time to time to check on certain issues that may arise with some of the residents.

Some facilities will have a kitchen area or kitchenette within each apartment, or they may simply have a large cafeteria, where residents can choose the meals that they want each day.  Some facilities may have rooms where more than one person shares with another, but for the most part, many assisted living centers provide privacy for each resident.

A nursing home is where patients require a high level, or even constant medical care. This could include care after major surgery, or a medical emergency, such as a heart attack or stroke, and where they might need constant monitoring to ensure that they are safe, and where they can recover from their injuries.

Assisted living centers will often have community activities that residents can partake in, or they can choose to opt out of these activities.  There is usually no pressure, and there are also plenty of community areas where residents can meet, play games, talk, and watch television programs or movies.

To describe what it’s like to live in assisted living would be tough to do, as every person’s experience is going to be different.  Facilities also vary based on their amenities, activities, support, and even the rooms themselves.  For the most part, assisted living could fairly be compared to living in a hotel where you have constant care just a phone call away.  Some people will dispute this, some will agree.  That’s why it is tough to describe what assisted living is like

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