Your Mom Might Not Think Assisted Living as a New Adventure, but it Certainly Could Be

Would you think of heading to the hospital for a lengthy stay as an adventure? Probably not. Most people wouldn’t. Yet, depending on the circumstances, there could be quite the adventure awaiting some people when they go to the hospital. Don’t believe that? Think about this: a woman about to give birth.

Suddenly, your perception has changed, hasn’t it? When we said a person heading to the hospital for a lengthy stay, you were probably thinking of an illness, necessary surgery, or something negative. Not every hospitalization is for negative purposes.

It’s interesting, though, when you see things from different perspectives. Your outlook may change. That woman and perhaps her husband or boyfriend or significant other about to give birth is embarking on a new adventure, isn’t she? It’s an amazing thing.

Now, you might be a little on guard when somebody’s talking about a hospitalization, but where is this conversation going? From the title, you have already figured out we’re talking about assisted living.

How could assisted living be thought of as an adventure?

Assisted Living Mobile, Al: Seniors and New Adventures

A lot of people immediately assume assisted living is a sign that a person is entering the final chapters of their life. So what? Even if that’s true (and it’s not true for everyone or in every situation), why can’t a person entering that final chapter still write a wonderful story?

Yes, there could be a person dealing with the significant signs and symptoms of dementia, like Alzheimer’s, and who needs around-the-clock care and support. Memory care assisted living would be a great place for them to go. Are they looking at it as an adventure? Probably not, but during those advancing stages, it is certainly not fair to compare that to somebody who may be dealing with specific physical limitations or who has reached a point in their life when they simply no longer wish to care about cleaning or cooking or other daily tasks.

Assisted living can provide many seniors a new opportunity, a new lease on life. Some seniors may have difficulty getting to the store. They don’t want to turn to their family or friends to constantly give them a ride or run errands for them.

Or, they might not have that kind of support. So, they look to assisted living. Maybe not as an adventure, but as a last resort.

In truth, seniors can get a new lease on life. They can pursue new activities. They might find hobbies they never would’ve thought of pursuing before at a quality assisted living facility.

August is American Adventures Month, and yes, assisted living could be a new one.

It doesn’t have to be thought of as an adventure in the same way traveling across the country or around the world is, but there are plenty of opportunities to maximize quality of life and enjoyment for seniors who choose assisted living.

Never underestimate the impact that assisted living could have in life of the senior who may have felt like he or she was ready to give up.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living 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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