Why I’m Thankful for Assisted Living for My Mother in Satsuma AL

As November rolls in upon us, I think it’s fitting to spend the entire month being thankful for the things that I have in life, the things that my family has, and to the people who make life much better for everyone I know.  One of the things that I am thankful for this year is assisted living for my mother.Assisted Living Satsuma AL

It was just about a year ago when my mother suffered from a moderate stroke.  She lost the use of her left side for about six months, and had to go through a lot of physical therapy in order to be able to use her arm to some degree. My family and me didn’t know quite what to do, and were worried that she wouldn’t do well living on her own. We hired an in home care provider from an agency, and that was helpful, but my mother was still struggling, since she didn’t qualify for Medicare reimbursement. We couldn’t afford around the clock live in care.

That’s when a friend told us to look into assisted living.  There was one assisted living facility that was close to my mother, and that meant we’d still be close enough to visit her as well.  We visited it with my mother, and though she was comfortable in her home, she understood the challenges that we all faced.

She agreed to sell her home, and move into assisted living.  Within the first month, I noticed a significant change in her demeanor and attitude.  She was happy again; she had made new friends and felt that there was a lot to do, and though she didn’t need help all of the time.  It was nice having the option if she didn’t feel up to cooking her own meal one night, she could simply stroll down to the cafeteria and have a nice meal, surrounded by new friends.

The staff at this facility has been, for the most part, exceedingly warm and friendly, and that’s not always the case with everyone.  However, my mother has nothing but positive things to say about her new home.  I believe that her health is even better now as a result of the attention and care she receives.  I wish I could say more although I know she still wishes that she were in her own home, she has the next best thing living in assisted living.  Now that’s something I’m thankful for this year.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living  in Satsuma  AL  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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