Myth: Residents of senior living communities are lonely.
Reality: Seniors are acutally a lot more likely to be lonely if they are living on their own or mostly spend time by themselves. In a senior living community, there are various opporutnities to socialize and to make friends. Activities provided by the community can also be a great opportunity for the residents to stay busy and keep their minds active.
Myth: Residents don’t have independence to use their time as they please.
Reality: In independent living, seniors still have their own independence, as the name claims. They simply have several more amenities than they would if they were living in a typical residence. In assisted living, residents still have the option of choosing which activities they want to be a part of. With memory care, there is more supervision, but this is for the safety of the residents, since they have dementia. However, the staff still does what it can to provide a sense of independence for the residents.
Myth: It’s not affordable
Reality: It is true that senior living communities can be pretty expensive, but there are also a lot of different ways to pay that cost. Veterans might qualify for some help. Those who are not veterans can look into long-term care insurance or other options. There are a variety of ways to cover a lot of the cost. If you would like more information on this, feel free to contact us.
Myth: The food won’t be healthy or appetizing.
Reality: Of course, there is no way to speak for every community or for every resident’s taste buds. However, in general residents of senior living communities tend to have an improved health after moving in. Eating among friends can encourage them to eat better, and they won’t have to worry about getting to the grocery store or taking the time to cook. At our own community, residents have a say in the meals provided. We adjust based on their feedback.
As you can see, there are definitely some benefits to moving into a senior living community. Although there might be some negative thoughts about them, these kinds of communities are beneficial to residents and even to the families of residents.