When Viewed in the Right Manner, Assisted Living Can Be Truly Seen for the Positive Impact It Will Have on Life for Aging Seniors

Staying positive is not always easy, especially when facing extremely difficult circumstances. When an aging senior begins struggling with basic tasks at home, often referred to as Activities of Daily Living, they might turn to family and friends for assistance. At some point in time, though, they may need to look at other options, which would include assisted living.

Assisted Living in Theodore AL: A Positive Impact on Life

Assisted Living in Theodore AL: A Positive Impact on Life

Some people see this as a last resort.

That’s because far too many people view assisted living as being essentially no different than nursing home care, though the two are completely different in almost every aspect. It’s important, then, to make sure these seniors understand what assisted living is, what it offers, and why it can be such a benefit for them as they move through their lives.

March is Optimism Month and staying optimistic about certain aspects of life, which can include the prospect of moving into assisted living, will have a direct impact on what a person thinks about various topics and whether or not they even consider this for their future.

Why is assisted living a great option?

First and foremost, it can allow aging men and women a safe harbor. In other words, as people get older they will experience diminishing strength in their legs. This can cause balance related issues, make it much more difficult to go up and down stairs, and make performing some basic tasks, including getting something down from a closet or a tall cabinet, much more difficult.

With experienced staff members, an assisted living community will offer a safe environment. Seniors can live as independently as they wish while still being able to call on a staff member for assistance with certain tasks they may struggle with at various times throughout the day.

Another reason assisted living is a great option is quality of life.

When an elderly man or woman is spending almost all of their time home alone, not receiving too many visitors, not being able to get out and enjoy the things they used to do regularly, it can lead to increased risks of isolation and loneliness.

At assisted living, a person will be surrounded by peers his or her own age who share many similar interests with them. This is a wonderful way to feel connected to the world around them.

With improved safety, a high quality dining facility, great entertainment, activities that keep residents busy, and a wide range of fellow seniors all facing similar challenges, it helps to improve quality of life tremendously.

Assisted living truly does offer a positive alternative for those seniors who may have difficulty with life on their own.

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