Senior living is a broad term that includes a range of residential options and services designed to meet the ever-changing needs of older adults. Senior communities can include independent living, assisted living, memory care, rehab and skilled nursing facilities.
Unfortunately, many people still have assumptions about what senior living is, and most of them are not accurate. Here are three common myths about senior living, along with some truths about what your retirement living options really are.
Myth #1: I’m too young for senior living.
Reality: There’s a common misconception that senior living homes are only for older adults who can no longer live alone and require round-the-clock personal care. In reality, today’s senior living communities are designed with independent and active adults in mind. Residents in senior living communities gain access to services that prioritize mental and physical wellness, so they can stay independent and healthy as long as possible. If you wait until a health crisis occurs, you or your family may be forced to select a community based on what is available, not what they desire. Plus, you’ll miss out on enjoying an array of amenities and opportunities that come with today’s modern senior living homes!
Myth #2: I will lose my freedoms.
Reality: Today’s senior living communities are designed to maximize independence, not take it away. Residents enjoy their own, private living spaces and maintenance free living which gives them more free time to pursue their passions and interests. Many communities feature restaurant-style dining, resort-style amenities, a variety of social activities and the peace of mind of knowing that, if health needs change, additional care is available. A variety of community events and activities, like clubs, crafts and group fitness allow residents to continue to learn and lead a healthy lifestyle doing the things that interest them the most.
Myth #3: Senior living is too expensive.
Reality: Many people assume that senior living communities are too pricey, but this is simply not the case. There are a variety of senior living options available, and many offer an affordable range of monthly fees. In a senior living community, your monthly fee typically covers most expenses like housing, housekeeping, maintenance, meals, activities and even higher levels of health care when needed. Residents don’t have to worry about a mortgage, property taxes and costly home repairs. When added together, senior living can save residents money in the long term—plus it includes a variety of added benefits and conveniences!
Bottom line: Don’t let common myths about senior living prevent you or a loved one from creating your ideal retirement lifestyle. Whether you are thinking about making a move soon or planning for your future, now is a good time to consider what senior living communities have to offer for your lifestyle, peace of mind and pure enjoyment. Start now by researching communities in your area, scheduling several tours and asking questions. The right community can relieve stress, help cultivate deep friendships and support health goals so that you or your loved one can live a longer, healthier life.
Interested in learning more? Senior Solutions Management Group operates many of the leading independent and assisted living communities across the southern US. View all of our communities and schedule a tour today!