Debunking 8 Outdated Assisted Living Myths
If you or your loved one could use a helping hand with day-to-day activities, there’s no better option than an assisted living community. Unfortunately, outdated misconceptions about assisted living may scare away the seniors who need it most. These aren’t the elder care communities of old — many newer places, like The Ridge Cottonwood and The Ridge Foothill, combine the best parts of modern apartment living with some unexpected perks. Being well-informed is vital to making important decisions about your future, so read on and get the facts behind these common assisted living myths.
MYTH #1: Assisted living is just like a nursing home.
FACT: Not at all. Nursing homes and other skilled nursing facilities are for seniors with chronic health issues who require closer attention and around-the-clock care from medical professionals. In assisted living, you’ll get only the support you really want and need — whether it’s help getting out of bed in the morning, medication management or just an extra hand in the kitchen, you’ll always be in control.
MYTH #2: I won’t get to set my own schedule.
FACT: This couldn’t be further from the truth. At an assisted living community, you’ll eat when you want and do as you please. Want to spend a night in with friends? How about spending some cash at the local shopping mall? That’s your prerogative. Going on vacation? You’ll leave when you want. Whether you’d like to laze away your afternoons watching classic films or prefer to hit the fitness center before dinner, it’s all up to you.
MYTH #3: It’s simply too expensive.
FACT: Staying at home can cost much more in the long run, especially when you consider your family’s medical history and the potential for unforeseen care needs. Regardless of their health or habits, it’s a simple fact that up to 70% of seniors will eventually need some sort of daily assistance. And even if you aren’t already paying for in-home care, it’s often cheaper to consolidate your living, dining, home upkeep and personal support expenses by moving to a community that offers assisted living.
MYTH #4: I won’t be able to go anywhere.
FACT: Assisted living should maximize your freedom and encourage you to keep being a part of your local community. You won’t be restricted or kept on campus — in fact, many assisted living communities offer complimentary transportation to shopping centers, cultural districts and a variety of outside events. And, of course, if you’re a licensed driver, you’ll still be able to use your own personal vehicle.
MYTH #5: There’s no privacy.
FACT: That’s another whopper. In fact, assisted living communities are usually set up like a normal apartment complex. That means you’ll only have visitors when you want them — and no one will ever enter your apartment without your prior knowledge and consent. Assisted living staff will work with you to coordinate a support schedule around your individual needs, assuring that your privacy is always respected.
MYTH #6: I won’t be able to do my favorite things.
FACT: Assisted living communities offer seniors a full schedule of engaging activities and place an emphasis on their continued independence. You’ll have the freedom to take part in all the things that pique your interest without being compelled to participate in any kind of mandatory events. Many assisted living communities will even work to provide open facilities for your preferred activities, giving you the chance to keep up with your favorite hobbies.
MYTH #7: I’ll be lonely and bored there.
FACT: The idea that senior living communities are boring might be the biggest myth on this list. Just like you, the people who live in them aren’t done exploring, growing and enjoying new things. And assisted living communities are full of clubs, volunteer groups and plenty of other opportunities to meet some fun folks. Best of all, with the modern interiors and quality amenities of many newer communities, family and friends will love to visit your new place. Since many communities are pet-friendly, you can even bring your favorite four-legged friend along for the ride.
MYTH #8: I won’t like the food.
FACT: Almost every up-to-date assisted living community offers a broad variety of tasty, healthful menu options designed for ideal senior nutrition. And at top-tier communities like The Ridge Cottonwood and The Ridge Foothill, you’ll enjoy a number of diverse, chef-prepared meals cooked fresh every day — including the option to host your own private dinner parties in our fine dining venues.
Why The Ridge Could Be Right For You
Now that we’ve debunked some of the most common assisted living myths, it’s time to talk about choosing the best community for you. Assisted living in the Salt Lake City area through The Ridge Cottonwood and The Ridge Foothill gives you a vital, resident-driven lifestyle with helpful support, whenever you need it. You’ll find premier amenities, excellent services and lovely apartment homes — all in a picturesque environment.
Whether or not you choose to live at our community, we hope you’ll continue to weigh your options and make an informed decision. If you’re looking for more facts on assisted living, senior living communities in general, or something specific about life at The Ridge, don’t hesitate to reach out.