While many people would think that nursing homes are interchangeable with senior living communities, they are, in fact, two very different things. All of us have our own ideas and beliefs about the world of senior care today, which naturally results in many misconceptions being thrown around casually. Senior living is a new phase in your loved ones’ lives, so it’s something that might seem foreign and surprising. In this article, we look into the common myths about senior living and address the realities behind them.
Loss of Independence
Since senior living communities have teams of medical personnel and staff constantly roaming on-site and supervising the residents, your loved ones may get the impression that the place is restrictive and does not allow personal freedom. That cannot be further from the truth. Even in assisted living communities where residents require assistance many times of the day, they are free to go wherever and do whatever they want. In fact, many senior living communities such as Discovery Commons At Wildewood boast many amenities designed to promote independence in older adults.
Your Loved Ones Will Be Lonely
We understand that as your loved ones grow older, they may experience a decline in mobility and general health, which prevents them from having an active social life and heading outdoors. However, at a senior living community, we have specifically taken measures to ensure that your loved ones’ health and social life should not be sacrificed over the other. At Discovery Commons At Wildewood, our activities and events provide a fantastic opportunity for residents to mingle around and socialize. At the same time, a professional medical team will be nearby to treat any injuries if accidents occur.
Meals Are Unappetizing
You may have reservations about placing your loved ones in a senior living community if they’re picky eaters, but the truth of the matter is, they may find themselves being spoiled with our food selections. These days, as senior living communities are more aware of the correlation between nutritious meals and good health, residents are treated to delicious meals specially planned by nutritionists. Your loved ones can take their pick from a wide range of international cuisines, all prepared by our Executive Chef and featuring the highest quality of fresh ingredients.
Senior Living Is More Costly than Living at Home
Since senior living communities provide many amenities and lifestyle programs, many families may believe that senior care is a more expensive option than simply living at home. In actuality, by doing a cost breakdown of all the expenses required if your loved ones stay at home, it is financially unsustainable as the expenses can add up quickly. This goes especially for loved ones who own homes, considering the mortgage, taxes, utility, repairs, and maintenance fees. At senior living communities, everything is included in one package, so there are no hidden fees.
Unable to See Friends and Family
Here at Discovery Commons At Wildewood, we encourage friends and family members to visit their loved ones often. While it’s true that we have a strict visitor policy in order to maintain privacy and security, your loved ones can register any contacts through our security staff. This allows them to pass through the verification procedure a little easier.