Assisted living communities are increasingly giving our loved ones the independence they desire, while enhancing their lives and care. However, there still seem to be some lingering misunderstandings about this style of retirement living. If you’ve heard any of these misconceptions, it may lead to a delay on your decision concerning your loved one’s care. You may even begin to build a list of reasons why they shouldn’t move to an assisted living community at all. There’s no doubt that a change in lifestyle can bring about some difficult routine adaptations and challenges. But, knowing the truth about these assisted living myths can help you make a more informed decision about your family member’s health and future.
6 Assisted Living Myths
Discover six of the most common misconceptions about assisted living and why they’re untrue:
- An assisted living community will be too expensive for my loved one. A concern over affordability is completely understandable. It may appear that staying home and opting for at-home care would be less expensive. But when you calculate the monthly costs of home maintenance, the mortgage, utilities, repairs and future healthcare costs, senior living care may be much more affordable than you initially believed.
- An assisted living community just won’t feel like home for my mother or father. There’s a common misconception that all assisted living facilities are a sterile, hospital-like setting. This is partially because assisted living communities are often confused with nursing homes. But the modernization of these communities means they are much more comfortable and contemporary with personalized apartments. These apartments are also more manageable than a house, and residents are welcome to bring their belongings to make their new residence feel like home.
- Senior living care facilities only have residents who are unhealthy and fragile. It can be easy to write off assisted living if your loved one only needs help with a few daily activities such as medication management or bathing. You may assume that these communities aren’t a good fit because they’re specifically designed for those who have illnesses that confine them to their rooms or are too weak to move around much. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Assisted living communities are just what they sound like — a community full of seniors who may need a little help with some everyday actions.
- My loved one will be bored in an assisted living community. This myth likely stems from confusing assisted living with a nursing home. It’s crucial to understand that an assisted living community is not a nursing home. At an assisted living community, your family member will have their own residence, live as independently as they are able to and have access to a variety of engaging activities each day they can enjoy with others or by themselves.
- There’s no real independence with senior living care. You may think that your loved one will need to rely on the staff and approval for everything, but nothing could be further from the truth. Staff members are available for around-the-clock care when it’s needed, but they’re not there to restrict your family member from living the life they desire. Assisted living staff want to ensure each resident has the ability to enjoy as much independence as they desire.
- Assisted living communities aren’t safe. When you’re living in an unprecedented time like we are now, it can be easy to feel like nowhere is as safe as your own home — especially when it comes to assisted living communities. However, for communities like Garden Plaza, nothing is more important than resident safety. That’s why we have implemented new safety policies that are constantly evolving to make sure residents are safe. If you have any concerns about a community you’re considering for your loved one, reach out to their team and ask what precautions they’re taking. You may be surprised to find that your family member is even safer at the community than they are living in their own home.
Experience Excellent Senior Living Care at Garden Plaza of Florissant
At Garden Plaza, we believe that nothing is more important than a happy, healthy and safe lifestyle. That’s why we offer several levels of care – independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled care – that meet the needs and living goals of all our residents.
Our assisted living community offers a way for seniors to maintain dignity and independence while still receiving the help and care they need. We make every effort to ensure your loved one feels safe and at home, so they can maintain an active, fulfilling and happy lifestyle in their golden years.
Contact our team today to see how your family member can thrive in our assisted living community!