Are your loved ones planning to move into an assisted living community soon? Well, it’s rather common for both your and your loved ones to feel anxious and even overwhelmed at the thought of the move. Considering that this transition may be the first time your loved ones live away from their friends or family members, all these troubling feelings are understandable. As such, a way to ease those fears is to be informed about assisted living and to be aware of how the community is able to encourage your loved ones to lead a healthier and more rewarding lifestyle. Unfortunately, as the internet will always be filled with misinformation and exaggerations, your loved ones may get the wrong idea of assisted living. As such, we’re here to debunk any myths about assisted living.
Myth: Assisted Living Is Only for Sick or Disabled Adults
One of the most common misconceptions people have about assisted living is that it is a living option only catered to adults who suffer from illnesses or are disabled. This cannot be farther from the truth as in reality, many residents in an assisted living community are highly energetic and enjoy a vibrant lifestyle. Senior living communities are always built to accommodate all loved ones, regardless of their health or physical capabilities. Why people would have this misconception is probably them mixing up with the fact that an assisted living community is mostly suited for adults who require daily assistance for daily tasks and responsibilities, such as showering, eating, and taking medications.
Myth: Residents Would Lose Their Independence at Assisted Living
Since residents would be surrounded by caregivers and medical personnel while residing in an assisted living community, you may get the idea that they would have no privacy or independence. Once again, this is completely false as here at Discovery Village At Alliance Town Center, we take into account our residents’ freedom as one of our top priorities. Yes, your loved ones will be supervised in an assisted living community, though that only occurs in high-risk situations that could expose them to danger. Most of the time, your loved ones are free to roam around the community and do the things they love, as long as they’re mentally and physically capable to do so.
Myth: Residents Aren’t Able to Pursue Hobbies in Assisted Living
As mentioned above, your loved ones can do the things they love in an assisted living community. These things come in the form of activities and events, and are what your loved ones would keep themselves busy with throughout the day. At Discovery Village At Alliance Town Center, we have a full-time Activities Director who plans and schedules each recreational offerings on a daily basis. From fitness classes and wellness programs to games and movie nights, there is a wide range of activities that your loved ones can partake in, some of which can turn into hobbies. There are even cooking classes, arts and crafts sessions, and many more!