There’s no doubt that you may have heard myths about assisted living. Even without any first-hand experience, many people still share strong viewpoints about assisted living facilities, that focus mostly on the misconception that they’re boring, bleak and lonely. While there may be a few bad apples that fit that description, the vast majority of assisted living homes are designed to make life easier, happier and healthier. Below, we bust some of the biggest myths we hear and give you the lowdown on what it’s really like to live the assisted living lifestyle.
- The Quality of Life Just Isn’t the Same
Assisted living facilities are actually a lot more like home than you think. From hosting social soirees to cooking to spending time with friends and family, many allow residents to live their lives just the way they like them.
- Assisted Living Is for Sick People
While it’s true that assisted living can be invaluable for people who need around-the-clock help, there are many other perks that also make it an attractive option for independent seniors, like easy access to preventative and emergency medical care and hassle-free living – no more cleaning dishes or taking out the garbage.
- Living Here Is Lonely
On the contrary, assisted living facilities already have a built-in community of people who share interests and experiences. Plus, on-site dining and activities make socializing a breeze.
- All Assisted Living Homes Are Alike
Because they serve specific needs and are run by different managers, no two assisted living facilities are really the same. Some revolve around medical care, while others maximize privacy and independence. Whether you want to live in a high-rise apartment with a full range of amenities or a detached home in a sprawling senior living community, there’s a perfect match out there for you.
- There’s No Good Food…
Contrary to popular imagination, frozen meatloaf and boxed mashed potatoes aren’t daily assisted living staples. With special focus on health and wellness, the best facilities use fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create delicious dishes for every meal.
- Or Good Entertainment
Yes, bingo is a popular staple in the assisted living universe, but that’s just scratching the surface. Beyond the classic board games, sports, yoga, movies, concerts, organized tours, parties and hobby clubs are just a few examples of activities you can expect to see at a reputable facility.
- It’s Too Expensive
High-quality assisted living isn’t cheap, but that doesn’t mean you can’t afford it. If you need regular care, hiring in-home services can be just as pricey, and there are many different financial resources you can use to bring your bill down to a manageable monthly fee.
There are so many false assumptions about assisted living that just aren’t true. In order to choose the right assisted living facility, it’s important to ask questions, take tours and know what type of facility suits you or your loved one. What ever you do, don’t let the myths of assisted living get in the way of finding the perfect new home for you.
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