Assisted living has become a popular option for older adults who need relief from the activities of normal life, but don’t want lose independence completely. While research does show that quality of life and overall health are actually improved when someone moves to an assisted living community, there are many myths surrounding senior care that prevents them from making the move. That’s why we thought it would be helpful to help you separate fact from fiction when it comes to assisted living.
Myth #1: Moving into an assisted living facility means a loss of independence.
Fact: As we age, we naturally become more dependent on others — it’s undeniable. So rather than viewing assisted living as a reduction in independence, it should be thought of as a way to help maintain independence. Each and every resident at Legacy Assisted Living has the opportunity to live their normal lives, we’re just here to help when needed.
Myth #2: Assisted Living communities are basically just nursing homes.
Fact: Nursing homes are designed for elderly people who have complex health needs that require around-the-clock care. These facilities typically look and feel more like a hospital or medical clinic. On the other hand, assisted living communities compare more to an upscale apartment community that offers assistance as-needed with activities of daily life.
Myth #3: Seniors who are still healthy have no reason to move into an assisted living community.
Fact: While some believe that assisted living communities are where people go to die, it’s simply not true. Numerous studies have shown that moving into an assisted living community before an accident or health decline occurs is one of the best ways to maintain quality of life and extend life expectancy.
Myth #4: It’s too expensive.
Fact: Cost is a major concern for older adults and their families when it comes to assisted living. That’s why it’s important to look at the whole picture before making any decisions. When comparing the cost to things like mortgage payments, utility costs, and even home maintenance/repairs you might find that assisted living is actually quite affordable.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour, please contact us today. Our experienced team is happy to answer any questions!