If there is one thing that our years of experience and expertise has taught us it’s that there are many myths circulating about assisted living and what it means to enter an assisted living facility. Unfortunately, unlike beloved stories, these myths are damaging and deny the truth about assisted living.
For that reason, we’re devoting this blog post to debunking myths and misconceptions that mar the truth about assisted living and its many benefits.
9 misconceptions that undermine assisted living
In order to really tackle this topic, we organized the common misconceptions we’ve heard in our years running assisted living facilities. We came up with nine and are excited to set the record straight because we are passionate about the potential of assisted living to enhance and empower lives.
Here we go…
Myth #1: Assisted living = nursing home.
This is inaccurate as assisted living communities and nursing homes serve different purposes. Assisted living is designed for those who need some help with daily activities but still want a level of independence. Nursing homes provide more comprehensive medical care and support for individuals with significant health issues.
Myth #2: Assisted living will undermine my independence.
Not at all. In fact this myth stems from a total misunderstanding of what assisted living is and its overall purpose. Assisted living actually aims to preserve and enhance independence. Residents have their own space, can participate in numerous activities, and receive assistance tailored to their specific needs.
Myth #3: I’m yet old enough for an assisted living facility.
As the saying goes, age is just a number and assisted living facilities do not discriminate based on age. In fact, assisted living is not just for those approaching or enjoying their golden years; assisted living can be the ideal solution for anyone who needs a bit of help with daily tasks, regardless of age.
Myth #4: There’s no privacy in assisted living facilities.
In fact, privacy is paramount and the best assisted living facilities make it known that personal privacy is a priority. Residents typically have their own apartments or rooms and can choose how much they interact with others; not unlike living at home — you choose how much or when you want to spend time with other people.
Myth #5: Assisted living facilities are depressing and lonely.
Just as you can choose how much you want to interact with your neighbors at assisted living facilities, these communities often offer a vibrant social environment with activities, clubs, and events designed to keep residents engaged and connected. Many people actually find their social calendar to fill up far faster and with more meaningful experiences than before they entered an assisted living situation.
Myth #6: The care is impersonal and one-size-fits-all.
The reality is that assisted living care is actually very customizable and personalized to each individual’s unique needs. Staff are trained to ensure that each resident gets what they need, when they need it, whether that’s medication management or assistance with daily tasks, or both!.
Myth #7: Most people can’t afford assisted living and I’m probably one of them.
Budgets can be both a priority and challenge for many people, which is why the best assisted living communities present a price range, along with various financial assistance programs for those who qualify.
Myth #8: I won’t like the food.
Many assisted living communities pride themselves on providing a variety of healthy, tasty meal options. Some even have professional chefs and offer a dining experience similar to a restaurant. Rest assured, there is something for everyone. Like the care, assisted living staff will do whatever they can to ensure that your nutrition needs and preferences are more than met.
Myth #9: My family won’t be involved when it comes to my care.
On the contrary! Family involvement is encouraged and often plays a key role in the care plan and overall well-being of residents. Assisted living is not something managed in isolation; we welcome family input when it comes to providing optimal care for our residents.
With several locations to choose from, there is bound to be one in close proximity to your family and friends for everyone’s convenience.
We invite you to contact us and learn more!