Common Misconceptions About Senior Living Communities

Unless you’ve already moved into a senior living community or know someone who has, your knowledge of what they’re like can be limited. You might not even have all the facts and have formed an opinion based on assumptions.

Not having all the facts can result in misconceptions. You may then decide not to move into one, even when you could benefit from such a living environment. Here are some of the more common misconceptions you may have heard:

Myth: You Lose Your Independence

Seniors who move into senior living communities typically receive a lot of help. However, that doesn’t mean they give up their independence. They simply have more time to do the things they love because they don’t have to fuss over housekeeping, maintenance, laundry, and similar tasks.

Most highly regarded senior living communities provide various helpful services so residents can lead more independent, happy, and fulfilled lives.

Myth: Everyday Life is Dull

We can’t speak for all senior living communities, but everyday life is certainly not dull in most highly regarded ones. Residents typically have full social calendars and are encouraged to participate in classes, events, clubs, therapies, and activities. There is so much to see, do, and experience that it can sometimes be hard to decide what to do next!

Myth: You Feel Lonely and Isolated

Some residents do, of course, struggle with the transition into a senior living community. This can be especially true if they’ve lived independently in their own community for many years. Some residents can even feel like their support networks aren’t what they used to be.

However, those feelings typically don’t last forever. Most top-rated senior living communities offer vibrant social atmospheres where residents can make new friends and live social, fulfilled lives. They can also maintain the same social and support networks from outside the community.

Myth: The Food is Terrible

Many seniors struggle to prepare their own nutritious and delicious meals. That’s why senior living communities provide this service for them. While you might have heard the food is terrible, that’s certainly not the case at respected, highly-regarded senior living communities.

In most situations, highly skilled culinary teams prepare nutritious, delicious, and visually appealing meals. Most residents look forward to restaurant-quality meals every day.

Myth: You Can’t Take Your Pet

Some seniors know they could benefit from a senior living community but don’t make the move because they don’t want to rehome their precious pets. The good news is that many well-established communities are pet-friendly. This means that rehoming your pet isn’t always a necessity.

It can often be in your best interest to contact senior living communities in your area and ask if they have pet-friendly floor plans available. 

Myth: You Lose Your Privacy

Senior living communities are vibrant places to live with like-minded people. You certainly have plenty of opportunities to be social. However, that doesn’t have to mean that you give up your privacy. You can maintain your privacy just as you did before making the move.

Moving into a senior living community means you have your own private unit, apartment, or studio. This is your private space where you can have your own personal possessions for comfort.

Learn More About Elison Assisted Living & Memory Care of Graham

Choosing to move into a senior living community doesn’t have to be as scary or overwhelming as it seems. Contact Elison Assisted Living & Memory Care of Graham today to ask questions, explore our community, and put your mind at ease. We look forward to helping you feel more comfortable to take the next step.