What’s an ‘Average’ Day for a Senior at a Quality Assisted Living Community?

When you don’t know very much about something, it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to figure out what it will be like based on another person’s perspective. No matter what ‘it’ is, everyone’s perspective, everyone’s expectations, viewpoints, and observations are different.

Elder Care: Assisted Living in Chickasaw, AL

Elder Care: Assisted Living in Chickasaw, AL

When you’re talking about an elder care option like assisted living, every single senior will view it a little bit differently. They will also plan their days (or not plan anything at all) based on how they feel, what’s going on, or what their friends might be doing at the facility.

If you’re looking for what an ‘average’ day is for a senior who is at an assisted living facility, you’re going to get plenty of different, wide-ranging answers. But, for the sake of argument, let’s look at one possible ‘average’ day for these seniors.

1. Wake up in the morning.

Some elderly men and women have developed a habit of waking up long before the sun crests over the eastern horizon. Others might stay curled up in bed, nice and warm, until 9 or 10 or 11 AM. Whatever the case may be, when the senior is ready to get up, they will get up.

Some might need help if their arthritis is acting up. Others may need assistance if they have physical limitations. For this, they may call on staff and only have to wait a few minutes for help to arrive.

2. Perhaps breakfast down in the restaurant.

At a quality assisted living facility, there might very well be a restaurant style eatery. This would replace the traditional cafeteria some people may think about in other elder care facility options.

Here, the senior can browse through the menu, order what they want, and enjoy good conversation with a fellow senior who may join them for a bite to eat.

3. They might go for a walk around the grounds.

When the weather is nice, some seniors — depending on the facility and its location — might enjoy going for a stroll outside. If it’s cold, rainy, or otherwise unsafe, they may just walk around inside, down the halls, through the living spaces, or enjoy sitting by a window watching the rain fall.

4. The afternoon may see games or activities.

There may be arts and crafts going on, outside instructors coming to teach music, how to sculpt, or even how to write a book. Or maybe the aging senior has a friend who likes to play chess, Parcheesi, bridge, or some other game.

5. After dinner, perhaps some good entertainment.

After a nice, healthy meal at the restaurant, the senior may enjoy sitting down on the couch with some friends and watching a good classic movie or even something more modern.

6. Retiring to their own room.

Whether the senior shares a room with another elderly man or woman or has it by themselves, they can enjoy a relaxing evening winding down, getting ready for bed, and perhaps reading a book, making a few phone calls, catching up with friends or family, and then getting good night’s rest.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to an Elder Care Assisted Living Facility near Chickasaw, 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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