Five myths about senior living that shouldn’t send you running
We have all heard it before: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” The same can be said about retirement communities, independent senior living communities, and even nursing homes. Except instead of judging by appearance, many people make up their minds about retirement communities based on common misconceptions.
We have highlighted the top five most common misconceptions about retirement communities and debunked the myths with real truths about senior living.
Myth 1: People living in senior living communities lack independence.
Truth: Independent senior living communities offer the support residents may need, like housekeeping and maintenance, while giving them the freedom to enjoy their day as they choose. This includes travel, activities, socializing, and more. Retirement communities focus less on managing a senior’s day, and more on providing services and activities that will allow a senior to enjoy retirement life.
At Holiday Retirement communities, managers are on hand to assist as needed and enrichment coordinators work to encourage mental and social stimulation. Beyond board games and puzzles, activities are designed to help seniors live more robust, fulfilling lives.
Myth 2: Seniors are lonely in retirement communities.
Truth: Living in a retirement community provides endless opportunities to develop close social connections and friendships, which is crucial as we age. At senior living communities, residents make friends, share meals, go on trips, and enjoy special occasions together.
Seniors have the opportunity to be as social and engaged as they choose, but at Holiday Retirement, we find that when seniors move into an independent senior living community they are busier than ever with fun events and activities. Just take a look at their calendars!
Myth 3: The meals provided are not appetizing.
Truth: We are guessing people who believe this myth have not stopped by a Holiday Retirement community for dessert. Apple pie anyone? Not only is taste important when providing meals for seniors, but nutrition is key. Retirement communities offer nutritional meals based on a senior’s lifestyle. Each meal is carefully planned to meet the unique nutritional needs of the senior population, helping ensure that residents live longer and healthier lives.
Community managers often receive notes from seniors’ loved ones about how happy they are to see mom or dad eating well and enjoying their meals!
Myth 4: Retirement homes are expensive.
Truth: When it comes to retirement living, there are a lot of costs to consider. Depending on where you plan to retire, the costs can vary. However, when you move into a senior living community, you only have one main expense. Say good-bye to the mortgage, homeowner’s insurance, taxes, and other hidden costs. Want to know more? Compare the cost of living at home to the potential savings of an all-inclusive retirement lifestyle. You may be surprised to see you will save money.
Myth 5: Retirement communities are depressing and dull.
Truth: Independent senior living communities offer the opportunity for seniors to engage in their hobbies and interests, make new friends, build relationships, and enjoy life. Seniors can enjoy physical activities, like yoga, tai chi, volleyball and more, as well as intellectual, social, and creative activities. The options are endless.
Retirement also brings great opportunities for volunteering. Seniors living at Holiday Retirement communities across the nation have developed a passion for serving their communities during their golden years.
To learn more about all of the benefits of senior living or for more information about a Holiday Retirement community near you, contact us today!