Senior assisted living communities can be a great opportunity for seniors, as they are able to downsize into a more manageable space and avoid the hassles of living on one’s own, while still maintaining their independence. However, there are some commonly believed myths about assisted living that can make some seniors hesitate when deciding whether or not a move to an assisted living home is right for them.
- Community living means losing independence. Most assisted living centers provide your choice of spacious apartments with different floor plans and separate entrances. You are free to furnish your apartment with your own furniture and personal items. The doors to your apartment lock and are controlled by you.
- If I move away from family, no one will be around to help me. Assisted living communities have a 24-hour staff, as well as built-in safety and security measures. These assisted living facilities are designed to reduce the worry that comes with living alone, and features are in place to respond immediately to you in the event that you need someone to help you.
- I’ll have to give up my favorite hobbies. In reality, assisted living communities offer extensive activity programs give residents options and choices specific to their needs, desire, and lifestyle. These programs reduce the isolation that may result from living alone.
- I’m too young for senior living. No matter the community’s minimum age requirements, simply taking a tour around a facility will not only show the age range of the occupants, but also all the different activities available.
- There’s no privacy. Another common myth is that an assisted living community is like a giant cruise ship, where residents never experience any independence or privacy. However, any resident is welcome to participate and interact as much or as little as they desire.