You Don’t Need to Break Your Back Helping Mom When Assisted Living Offers to Step in and Help (even Part Time)

Being a family caregiver is a tremendous responsibility. You might be helping your elderly mother, tirelessly stopping by her house every day, checking in with her, doing the grocery shopping for her, taking her to a doctor’s appointment, the optometrist, a dentist, to visit with friends, and so much more.

In the meantime, you have all of these other responsibilities to take care of, maybe even raising your own children. You might have a job, a career you’ve been pursuing for the past 10 or 20 years. You might have several jobs just to make ends meet.

It seems, at times, like you’re burning the candle at both ends. Most likely, you are. So, is there any relief? Is there anything you can do that will make a difference? Is there anything that can alleviate the pressure you feel at this moment?

Yes, there is, and is called assisted living.

At this point, most people assume assisted living is for full-time, around-the-clock, long-term care. However, a growing number of assisted living facilities do provide respite care services.

What this means is your mother can stay at a quality assisted living facility for part-time visits. It might be for a couple of weeks, but no more. It may even be for overnight stays. Some facilities even provide short-term, part-time care such as a few days a week, each week.

This could be precisely what you need to get a break from helping your elderly mother with her Activities of Daily Living.

There’s only so much pressure a person can handle.

Assisted Living Mobile, AL: Assisted Living Help

Assisted Living Mobile, AL: Assisted Living Help

Yes, there are many elder care options available for aging seniors these days. Assisted living happens to be one of the best. However, for family members, like you and others, who want to be there for their elderly parents, grandparents, a spouse, siblings, or even a close friend, you don’t have to give up everything in your life or push yourself to the physical breaking point to do it.

Let’s say you have no problem stopping by your mother’s house in the morning to check in on her each day. Yet, you find yourself extending the stay in the evenings to way past dark.

Then, you go home and worry about her. You worry about whether she’s safe, whether she’s going to have trouble getting out of bed to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, or something else might have come up and she can’t reach out to you for help.

That’s the perfect recipe for respite care services at a local assisted living community. If you chose that option, the overnight stay option, you would be able to drop her off in the evening so she can sleep at that facility.

She would be surrounded by friends, peers her own age, and experienced staff members able to assist around-the-clock.

You see, you don’t have to break your back helping your elderly mother when assisted living offers short-term, part-time, and respite care options.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to an Assisted Living facility near Mobile, 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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