Moving to retirement communities can be a daunting prospect due to the change in lifestyle and the stigmas associated with assisted living. Feelings of abandonment and not acclimatizing to the premises are just some of the concerns that seniors have when making the decision to join a retirement community. To allay your fears, let’s dispel some of the myths about assisted living by looking at the top 6 myths and facts about assisted living, with the facts provided to put these myths to bed once and for all.
Myth: No Different From a Nursing Home
Fact: Assisted living communities are vastly different compared to nursing homes. Nursing homes are catered more toward seniors with complicated medical conditions and require attention from medical experts. On the other hand, assisted living communities are very hospitable with an abundance of facilities and activities for you to enjoy while being housed in private apartments. You will get the support needed in terms of medication, dressing, meals, housekeeping, and bathing.
Myth: Feelings of Loneliness
Fact: As mentioned previously, assisted living communities have an array of clubs, volunteer groups, and daily activities for you to participate in with other residents. This allows you to pursue your hobbies and interests while forging new friendships. You can watch movies and enjoy themed dances and game nights.
Myth: The Food is Unpalatable
Fact: Every assisting living community has a broad variety of cuisines that are nutritious and appetizing for you. There are in-house chefs who prepare fresh meals (using the freshest ingredients) on a daily basis, with a professional culinary team accepting special meal requests. There are also meal plans specially tailor-made for seniors who have to follow a strict diet due to health reasons.
Myth: Assisted Living is too Expensive
Fact: In actual fact, staying at home may accumulate more costs in the long run due to the expenses needed to take care of your health. Assisted living communities include housekeeping, security, meals, health programs, and medication management, with 24/7 access to their team members for assistance. All these amenities and services are included in the price at a retirement community.
Myth: No Independence
Fact: This cannot be further from the truth. You can choose your own schedule based on your mood and interests. Choose what you want to eat, take chauffeured transportation to meet friends in town for shopping, and go on vacations when you desire. While there are activities and health programs available, you can choose which is ideal for you all based on your own preference.
Myth: Less Frequent Visits From Friends and Family
Fact: Retirement communities encourage visitors, for simple daily visits (lunch or coffee) or special occasions such as celebrating the festivities. The team members will make the necessary arrangements to facilitate such visits conveniently.
Join Our Retirement Community Today!
At Discovery Commons South Biscayne, we are more than happy to ensure a seamless transition into our residence for you. Our care support system is always available when you need any assistance! We cannot wait to integrate you into our community and for you to enjoy the wide range of activities we have in store.