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5 Common Misconceptions About Senior Living Communities

Posted on July 25, 2023 at 3:59 PM by The Meadows Senior Community

Retirement communities have been associated with a lot of negative stereotypes over the years. The perception of senior retirement communities as expensive and depressing “retirement homes” to send elderly relatives can make people shy away from considering senior living communities as an option. 

Senior living communities can provide a vibrant and supportive community that empowers seniors to live active, healthy, and fulfilling lives, but they aren’t always perceived this way. Have you fallen prey to one of these common myths about senior living communities? 

1. Senior Living Communities Limit Your Independence

Senior communities don’t limit your independence, they simply provide extra resources and support to make life easier and safer. Residents still have the freedom to spend their days doing what they like, and at The Meadows, we strive to empower residents to maintain their independence by:

  • Offering parking for residents to keep their own car
  • Ability to choose your apartment layout, furniture, and decor
  • Guest rooms for visiting family and friends
  • Fully furnished kitchens to make your own meals 
  • & So much more

2. Senior Living Is Only For People Who Can’t Take Care Of Themselves

One of the most prevalent misconceptions about senior living communities is the belief that they are exclusively designed for individuals who can no longer take care of themselves. In reality, senior living options are incredibly diverse and cater to a wide range of needs and preferences. While some seniors may require assistance with daily activities and personal care, senior living communities are not just about providing care; they are also about fostering a vibrant and engaging environment for residents to enjoy their golden years to the fullest. 

3. Retirement Communities Are Expensive

Both independent and assisted living costs can vary depending on a resident's unique needs. Factors such as apartment size and level of care plans can be customized to meet the specific needs and budget of each resident. Additionally, senior living communities can also help cut down on miscellaneous costs such as transportation, home maintenance/repairs, home safety measures, caregiver costs, etc. 

4. Senior Living Communities Are Boring

While senior living facilities tend to get a bad reputation for being depressing and boring, they can actually make it easier for seniors to socialize and stay active. By living in a senior living community, you’ll have a built-in group of friends and effortless access to social spaces and planned activities. Pick from countless entertainment options each day including:

  • Enjoy different common spaces alone or with friends 
    • Library and game room, exercise room, piano room, fireplace lounge, etc.
  • Join or start a club
    • Craft clubs, card clubs, etc.
  • Enjoy the outdoors
    • Take a stroll or sit and enjoy the beautiful outdoor grounds, get cozy by the fire pit, relax on a bench swing 
  • Drop in on an activity or event 
    • Choose from a wide variety of weekly and special activities and events including classes, concerts, religious services, games, and more

5. Senior Communities Are One Size Fits All

The best senior community for one person may not be the best option for someone else. No two senior living communities - independent living and assisted living - are exactly alike. Before deciding to move to a senior community, it’s important to know what you are looking for. Senior living services, amenities, and senior housing floorplans provided by different communities can be key factors in finding the best assisted living option to meet your or your loved ones' unique needs and interests.

Want to learn more about The Meadows or take the next steps towards moving to our vibrant community? Schedule a tour today! 

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