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Debunking 6 Outdated Assisted Living Myths

Debunking 6 Outdated Assisted Living Myths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 Unfortunately, outdated misconceptions about assisted living may scare away the seniors who need it most. 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 constant attention and around-the-clock care from medical professionals. In assisted living, you’ll get the support you really want and need — whether it’s help getting out of bed in the morning, medication management or help with other daily activities. 

MYTH #2: It’s 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 #3: 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 in the building — in fact, many assisted living communities offer activities outside of the building like scenic drives and shopping trips. And, of course, if you’re a licensed driver, you’ll still be able to use your own personal vehicle.



MYTH #4: 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. 

MYTH #5: 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 opportunities to meet some fun folks. 

MYTH #6: 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 communities like Bel Aire Senior Living, you’ll enjoy a number of diverse meals cooked fresh every day. Usually, residents have a choice of at least a substitute or alternate meal if they don’t like what is being served. Many assisted living residences hold resident council meetings where food preferences and dislikes can be voiced. 

Bel Aire Senior Living 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. 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 Bel Aire, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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