Too many seniors scare away from living in senior living communities since there are a lot of myths associated with assisted living. Most people perceive senior living communities to serve downgraded food, have a clinical atmosphere and offer boring lives. However, most assisted living communities are designed to offer plenty of opportunities to the elderly and empower them to maintain their independence.
Staffs at senior living communities work hard to make the elders feel at home, yet many people shy away from assisted living. Even though attitudes towards assisted living are changing, yet a lot has to change. Some of the most common myths associated with assisted living get debunked here. Keep reading.
- Loss of Independence
This is the most common myth related to assisted living. When living in a senior living community, most household chores like cleaning the room, mowing the lawn, washing dishes, etc. are taken care by in-house staffs, so you have ample time to do what you love.
You can engage in activities that you love, participate in events and do a lot more. Since you have other people, just like you, you can make new friends explore new relationships and make the most of your retired life.
- Assisted Living is Expensive
Oftentimes, elders choose to stay at home since they think living at home is cheaper than living at senior living communities. However, maintaining home (paying taxes, maintenance costs, etc.) along with paying for elder care can be very expensive.
On the other hand the fee at senior living communities include everything food, entertainment, therapy, medical check-ups, and many more. You also get everything under one room, so you don’t have to run from pillar to post to find doctors, buy medicines or get weekly groceries.
- Assisted Living Means Moving Away from Friends and Family
Most people have a perception that senior living communities have strict visiting hours and outside people (your friends and family) are not welcome inside. On the contrary, modern assisted living communities are fun-filled and active elder care centres, where everyone is invited.
Many assisted living centres also provide spaces where you can host birthday parties, celebrate anniversaries and special occasions. So living in senior care communities is often more fun than staying at home.
- Food Served in Unhealthy and Inedible
Most of today’s senior living communities appoint nutritionists to make sure the elders eat right. The menu will be set according to your personal needs, but that does not mean you will have to live on tasteless and stinky food. Experienced chefs are present to make scrumptious and healthy food for the elders. A lot of variety is also offered so that you don’t get bored eating the same food every day.
Instead of becoming burdens on your children or grandchildren, it is often good to accept the new ways of living. But that does not mean you have to compromise your happiness or independence. By choosing assisted living, you can enjoy your retired life to the fullest!