What’s the ONE Misconception Too Many People Have About Assisted Living That Keeps Them from Choosing This Option

There are often many reasons people express to avoid making various decisions. When it comes to elderly men and women, assisted living could very well be one of the best options they choose for their future. Unfortunately, some avoid it because they have certain misconceptions.  

One of the most common misconceptions far too many people have about assisted living is that it means the end of one’s life is close. 


A quality assisted living facility should encourage living.

Assisted Living Theodore, AL:Misconceptions With Assisted Living

That’s one of the key issues aging seniors and their family should focus on: living. Unfortunately for far too many Americans, when they reach a certain age, are dealing with chronic health issues, limited mobility, and other safety concerns, they have a tendency to avoid certain activities that could be deemed potentially harmful or dangerous. 

In short, they stop living and transition to simply existing through each day. That’s not what a quality assisted living facility is going to encourage or offer its residents. 

In fact, a quality community is going to encourage activity, engagement, and helping seniors to maximize their enjoyment and quality of life for as long as possible. 


How does assisted living do this? 

Every facility is different so it’s important not to assume they are all the same and do things alike. In general, though, a decent facility is going to provide various activities for its residents to participate in each day and throughout the week. 

These might include arts and crafts, music programs, fitness, nature walks, trips to the park, outings to the local mall or other shopping districts and points of interest throughout their community, and so on. 

It may also include entertainment. Some facilities will bring in outside performers for shows every so often. Some may have a quality entertainment room with a large flatscreen TV and decent surround sound system so residents can watch movies or television programs they prefer. 


How does one discover what an assisted living facility offers? 

They can certainly read up about it online, but nothing beats a tour of the facility to truly get a sense of what that particular facility provides. When taking a tour, ask questions. The guides and administrators at the facility should be more than welcoming of questions, especially for sincerely interested seniors who want to know more about what life would look like for them if they choose this for their future. 

By washing away common misconceptions, many seniors ultimately realize the inherent and true value assisted living offers for their future. 


If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living near Theodore, 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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