No one likes to think about getting older, but planning ahead for your living situation during your senior years can be an immense help to both you and your loved ones. Senior living options like retirement centers and senior assisted living facilities are popular: around 1 million Americans currently live in senior communities, and that number is expected to double by 2030. But as common as they are, there are many myths that surround senior housing and the quality of care they provide. We’ve compiled some of the most prevalent myths about retirement centers and other facilities; we hope this accurate information will put your mind at ease and can help inform your decisions regarding senior living communities.
- MYTH: You’ll have to give up your independence when you move into a senior homeReality: Assisted living communities and other forms of senior housing are actually designed so that residents can maintain their independence longer! When seniors remain at home, they often find it difficult to keep up with maintenance and daily tasks. Assisted living communities are built with seniors’ needs in mind, and yet doesn’t feel clinical in any way. Staff members will provide assistance when needed, but by encouraging residents to do what they’re capable of, they can remain independent for years to come.
- MYTH: Senior living facilities can be isolatingReality: Senior communities are the best option for socialization and recreational activities. There are countless social events and opportunities for residents, as well as fitness programs, fun events, and hobby-oriented courses. You can take part in as many or as few as you choose. For those who think it’s hard to make new friends when you’re over 65, you’ll be surprised to see just how many chums you’ll find in these communities. You’ll certainly never be bored or lonely!
- MYTH: Home care is a better financial choiceReality: While in-home care might be a good option for some, it’s not always the most affordable one. When calculating costs of care at home, many family members forget to account for the maintenance and repairs needed on a house, as well as utilities, taxes, and home insurance. And if your loved one needs additional care not covered by their health insurance, in-home care costs can really add up — and they often don’t provide total peace of mind. Retirement centers, on the other hand, are all-inclusive. Meals, recreation, therapy, and medical attention are all provided, along with the reassurance that your family member will be cared for at all times.
Senior living is not for end-of-life planning; rather, our facilities ensure that your loved one will stay active and vital for years to come. For more information about our senior communities, please contact Northport Retirement Centers today!