The senior living industry has changed extensively over the past few decades, aiming to meet the needs of baby boomers. Even if you have some past experience with senior living, you may not be completely informed about the solutions available in the current market. In fact, you may believe one of the many common myths about senior care that circulate on social media or around cups of coffee among friends.
Here are some of those myths, along with the truth about senior living communities today. The more you know, the better you can make the best decisions for your situation.
Myth: Senior Living Communities Are Depressing.
This myth could not be farther from the truth! Senior living communities are bustling hubs of activity, with residents enjoying a calendar full of events and opportunities designed with them in mind. Yoga classes, Bible studies, college courses, and concerts are happening daily, and residents have access to all of it right down the hall. There is always something to do and a friendly neighbor to chat with.
Myth: The Food Is Awful.
Senior living communities offer residents three meals per day in a social dining room. The food served is prepared by a team of chefs who take their job seriously. Not only is the food nutritious, but it is also delicious and creative. Residents always have a choice of what to eat, and medically prescribed diets are cooked with flair and still taste delicious. It’s not uncommon to find a chef preparing tableside desserts during dinner or experimenting with new smoothie flavors at breakfast.
Myth: Residents Can Never Leave the Building.
Senior living communities offer an extensive (and fun) calendar of events right on campus, but that’s not all. Exceptional communities have a transportation program, with cars and buses to take residents around the city, making stops at grocery stores, medical offices, and the library. Special trips are planned as well, offering residents the chance to see a movie, try out a new restaurant, or explore a nearby city. Further, residents are always welcome to leave with family members or on their own (some residents have their own cars).
Myth: Senior Living Is Too Expensive.
Most senior living communities are surprisingly affordable, and some options are less expensive than living at home. When you live at home, you are paying a variety of bills ranging from mortgage payments to utilities, lawn care to housekeeping. In a senior living community, your monthly payment covers your spacious apartment, meals, housekeeping, utilities, WiFi, and access to caring assistance. For many seniors, breaking down monthly bills at home and comparing that amount to a monthly fee for senior living is an eye-opening experience that often leads to setting up a tour.
Myth: Residents Are Lonely and Sad.
Older adults who choose to live in a senior living community have the opportunity to connect with peers and neighbors each day. This meaningful connection has been proven to decrease the feelings of loneliness that can often accompany living alone at home. One of the wonderful parts of living in a senior living community is there is almost always someone to chat with. Spaces throughout the community are built to encourage socialization. Libraries and living rooms abound in most senior living communities and are the perfect places to share stories or a cup of coffee. The dining room is full of peers ready to chat about the day, and activities or events encourage conversation among new or old friends.
Are you surprised to learn the truth about senior living communities? Don’t be! These communities offer choice, assistance, friendships, and activities that are designed to fit your preferences and lifestyle. Learn more by downloading our Journey to Senior Living guide, and rest assured that you are taking a positive step toward your future.