What Kind of Support Does Assisted Living Offer?

One of the most common questions people have when looking into assisted living, either for themselves or an aging parent, involves support. They might be asking, “What kind of support does this facility offer?” It’s an important question, of course, but the answer will differ from one community to the next.

Assisted Living in Saraland AL: What Kind of Support Does Assisted Living Offer?

Assisted Living in Saraland AL: What Kind of Support Does Assisted Living Offer?

That’s why it’s so important to go on a tour.

People who are looking into assisted living, either for themselves or somebody they care about, should take advantage of the tours many of these facilities provide. The majority of them will likely take place on the weekends and, depending on the size of the community and demand from seniors, they could fill up fast. Instead of having to wait weeks and weeks trying to visit one of these facilities, it’s a good idea to take advantage of opportunities when they arise.

This is good advice, even if somebody doesn’t really need assisted living just yet.

An elderly man or woman may still be able to take care of himself or herself for the most part right now and therefore doesn’t have any specific need or desire for assisted living or other long-term care options, but that doesn’t mean they should ignore it completely. Long before somebody might actually need to consider assisted living, they should go on a tour, learn about the benefits it offers, and see firsthand what living there could be like.

As for support, it will vary from one place to the next.

That being said, many assisted living facilities will have dedicated staff members who are there to provide physical and even emotional support and assistance to elderly residents as they need it. Some residents will require help getting out of bed, but perhaps not every morning. Some will need assistance getting into and out of the shower. Some will need reminders about when it’s time to eat, to take their medications, or where they have to go for some type of activity.

Some assisted living communities will provide support for those dealing with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. These would be considered memory care assisted living communities and they can be a great asset for those going through this difficult transition in life.

The best way to find out exactly what a particular assisted living facility offers is to go on a tour and then sit down and ask pointed questions of the administrator on duty. More often than not men and women 65 and over discover that assisted living is a great option when living alone becomes too much to handle.

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