For many people, the idea of assisted living is not something they want to think about. However, there are a lot of myths out there about this type of senior housing.
Here we look at five common myths and explain the truth about what you need to know about assisted living:
Myth #1: There is no freedom in assisted living.
Truth: People mistakenly believe that by living in assisted living you have to give up your freedom, but that isn’t true. The truth is that assisted living residents receive just enough assistance to safely stay independent. This may mean bathing assistance or medication reminders, but residents are free to do as they please and plan their own days.
Myth #2: There is no privacy in assisted living.
Truth: Contrary to many rumors, you won’t have to forfeit your privacy in an assisted living community. Most adults have their own suite or apartment and you can spend as much, or little, time with friends and residents as you choose.
Myth #3: Assisted living is too expensive.
Truth: If you think that assisted living is unaffordable, you may be surprised to find out that the fees include not just the cost of your living space, but utilities, cable, laundry, housekeeping, wellness programs, meals, transportation and more. This may make the fee seem much more reasonable.
Myth #4: There's nothing to do in assisted living.
Truth: There is often a variety of activities available for residents to participate in, but you are not required to participate in them. Activities may include arts and crafts, movie nights, yoga, swimming, religious services, and more.
Myth #5: My furry friends are not allowed.
Truth: Many assisted living facilities welcome your pet. They know that these furry friends are part of the family and an adult may not be willing to move unless their pet can come too.
Assisted living offers a variety of options that you or your loved one may not have thought of before. To find out more about the resources in your area, reach out to an assisted living community directly or contact your local aging agency.