When an Aging Parent Would Benefit from Overnight Care, Assisted Living May Be an Option

Clara and her husband Michael had been taking turns supporting her mother for some time. They had different shifts with their respective jobs, so Claire was able to spend some time with her mother in the morning and Michael would check in on her in the evening, on his way home from work. They did it because they loved her, but as time marched on, it began to wear on them emotionally and personally.

It even got to the point when Clara realized her mother needed more support at night, especially during those overnight hours. They struggled to be the support her mother required, but aside from some specific elder care options, they didn’t know where to turn.

That’s when one of Michael’s coworkers mentioned respite care services at assisted living.


He researched the topic first.

Assisted Living Satsuma AL: Overnight Care and Seniors

Assisted Living Satsuma AL: Overnight Care and Seniors

Before talking about this with his wife, Michael went online and researched a number of assisted living facilities in the area to determine if they actually did provide respite care options. Not all of them did, and some were booked up completely for several months.

There was one, though, that was only a mile from Clara’s mother’s house and they did have openings for overnight respite care services.

The more he researched this elder care option, the more he realized this might be the perfect solution.

Michael would be able to drive his mother-in-law over to the assisted living facility in the evening, when he normally checked in on her. From there, the staff would take care of her and provide her a shared room, but she would be able to take part in evening activities and watch movies, get to know some of the other residents, and enjoy life as though she lived there.

She would be safe and, if there was a need during the middle of the night, Clara’s mother would be able to reach out and call for help from one of the experienced staff members. She might need help getting to the bathroom. She might wake up disoriented and have difficulty figuring out where she was. The last thing either Michael or Clara wanted was for her to start wandering off, especially in the middle of the night.

Then, in the morning, Clara would be able to stop at the assisted living facility, pick her mother up, and get her back home and settled in for the day.


This offered them a wonderful transitional opportunity.

Michael and Clara both knew that assisted living was the best long-term elder care option for her mother, but they had met resistance from not just her mother, but from some of Clara’s siblings as well.

Even though they didn’t live all that far away, Clara’s sisters and her brother were almost nonexistent since their mother needed help. Yet, they always seemed to have an opinion and advice they wanted Clara to listen and pay attention to.

Now, relying on respite care services, Clara and Michael were convinced that her mother would realize the value assisted living could offer her at this stage in her life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to an Assisted Living in Satsuma, 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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