Would You Ever Consider Assisted Living? If Not, How Can You Convince a Loved One To?

Assisted living. Does it mean anything to you? Is it something you would ever consider for yourself? Far too many people don’t even contemplate this as an option for themselves in the future, yet they somehow want their aging parents, grandparents, or other family members to consider it for them.

Assisted Living in Saraland AL: Considering Assisted Living

Assisted Living in Saraland AL: Considering Assisted Living

Why wouldn’t you consider it?

Many younger, healthier, stronger adults simply don’t think about long-term issues with regard to mobility, their own ability to take care of themselves in a safe and healthy manner, or reaching a point in their life when they have to call on others for assistance.

Because we don’t want to think about these things, we rarely ever come to the realization that they are important to contemplate, at least from time to time.

What is it about assisted living you may not like?

If you were to ask this question of yourself or anyone else, guess what? You might not have an answer that makes much sense. That’s because far too many people have various misconceptions about assisted living. They see it as being no different than nursing home care and that is the last thing most people would even want to contemplate. However, thousands of seniors rely on nursing home care every year, either because they require a significant level of direct medical assistance or they have no other options.

Assisted living is nothing like nursing home care.

Assisted living is basically independent living for seniors. It can provide any number of supports for elderly residents, also entertainment, certain activities, and the ability for them to rely on physical support and assistance of staff members if and when required.

Many of the residents who choose assisted living are active, engaged, and friendly. As such, there is a wonderful opportunity for people to meet new friends, reconnect with old acquaintances, and find people who share common interests.

It’s a good idea to make sure you truly understand what assisted living offers today.

Even for a person in their 30s, 40s, or 50s, when they visit an assisted living community, they often come away with a new perspective on it. That new perspective can give them great insight into why this would be something for their loved one to consider, either now or sometime in the seemingly distant future.

The more you learn about it, the more you’ll realize this is a great option to consider, not just for your loved one, but possibly even for yourself in the future.

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