Many seniors are reluctant to move to a senior living community due to some commonly held myths. What are those myths? Are they true? We take a look at four of the most common myths about senior living and offer the facts that dispel them.
4 Common Myths About Senior Living Communities Dispelled
Myth 1: “I’ll lose my independence.”
One of the most common concerns seniors have about moving to a senior living community is the fear of losing their independence. They worry that they will be subject to rigid schedules, lose control over their lives, and be unable to make personal decisions.
The fact is that senior living communities are designed to promote independence, not hinder it. Residents have access to a range of services and amenities that facilitate an active and engaged lifestyle while still maintaining their autonomy. Senior living communities are specifically designed to support individual needs and preferences, enabling residents to enjoy the freedom to choose how they spend their time and pursue their passions.
Myth 2: “I’ll feel isolated and lonely.”
Seniors often worry about leaving behind their established social circles and becoming isolated in a senior living community. The reality is often the reverse.
Many people who grow old in their family homes start to lose touch with people they know. Friends and neighbours move away or pass away. Mobility issues make it difficult to participate in community activities. As a result, it’s easy to become isolated and lonely when aging in place.
Moving to a senior living community can actually increase opportunities for social connection. With numerous group activities, events, and common areas on site, there are plenty of chances to form new friendships and engage in various enriching experiences. Additionally, many senior living communities offer support groups, clubs, and hobby-oriented gatherings that bring like-minded individuals together, creating a vibrant and inclusive community atmosphere.
Myth 3: “It’ll cost much more than living in my home.”
There’s a perception that living in a senior living community is much more expensive than aging in place. However, when you run the numbers, that’s not always borne out.
It’s easy to overlook certain living expenses that come with aging in place. For instance, there are home repair and housekeeping expenses. There’s also lawn care, especially if you’re paying someone to do it for you.
Don’t forget the cost of groceries and dining out, utilities, property taxes, home insurance, and transportation.
When all these expenses are added up, the cost difference between aging in place and senior living may not be as much as expected. That’s because many of these expenses are included in the monthly fee charged by senior living communities.
The proceeds from selling one’s house can often cover any remaining difference.
Monthly living expenses are generally much more predictable in a senior living community. There’s no longer any need to worry about paying to unexpectedly replace a furnace or air conditioner if it conks out.
Myth 4: “My family will forget about me once I move there.”
Seniors may also grapple with the fear of losing their connection with family members after moving to a senior living community. In fact, many senior living communities actively encourage family involvement and provide spaces where loved ones can visit and spend quality time together. Senior living communities can often become a hub for family gatherings and celebrations, fostering a sense of togetherness while relieving family members of caregiving responsibilities, allowing them to cherish meaningful moments.
See Today’s Senior Living Communities for Yourself
The best way to truly understand whether a senior living community might be a good fit for you or someone you know is to visit one. Contact one of our communities near you. We’d be happy to show you around. Download our Family Decision Toolkit for tips on making the best senior living decision.