If you’re considering senior living for yourself or a loved one, you’re probably anxious, apprehensive, and even scared.
Everyone has heard stories about how bad it is to live in a senior living community. You’ve probably heard your share. However, senior living communities like Vitality Living are evolving to meet the growing senior community’s needs, demands, and expectations.
To help you get a better understanding of today’s senior living communities, we’re dispelling the most common fears seniors have about senior living!
Fear: Senior Living Is Unaffordable
Senior living costs vary depending on the location, type of community, services, and amenities. However, you may find the cost to be manageable with careful planning and research.
Before you begin visiting senior living communities- make a list of the services and amenities you genuinely need to be happy; this will help you keep things in perspective when touring different communities.
Speak with your accountant and financial advisor for information on covering senior living costs. Long-term insurance, government programs, savings, home equity, and investments are great options for paying for senior living.
Fear: Seniors Are Not Cared for Well in Senior Living
One of the biggest fears of seniors and their families is that their wellness is not looked after in senior living communities. Nothing could be further from the truth. Today’s senior living communities are committed to the health and wellness of residents.
According to the International Council on Active Aging, 60% of senior living professionals reported that their communities will be based on a wellness lifestyle by 2023.
Residents in senior living communities enjoy delicious healthy food options, diet and nutrition, fitness, and even meditation classes.
Fear: Senior Living Is Boring
If your idea of senior living is a bunch of older adults sitting around watching TV and playing bingo…
Today’s seniors are healthier and more active than ever! They’re living longer and want to enjoy retirement in senior living communities that offer a variety of planned social activities and events.
Retirement and active adult living communities are perfect for active seniors. Residents in these communities routinely spend their days:
- Volunteering and contributing to their community
- Socializing with friends
- Enjoying new hobbies
- Exploring new interests
- Participating in classes
- Going to the spa Dining with residents
Fear: Senior Living Is Only for Ill Seniors
Many people mistakenly think that senior living communities are only for severely ill seniors with no chance of getting better.
Senior living communities are also for seniors who have suffered injuries, need help with chronic conditions, or are recovering from health or mental challenges. Residents can access teams of medical professionals, including occupational, physical, and speech therapists, to help them recover and return to their families and lives.
Fear: Senior Living Communities Have Terrible Food
Food is an integral part of life. We celebrate with food! We use food for comfort! We enjoy the company of friends and family with great food!
Senior living communities understand the importance that food plays in the health and happiness of residents. Many senior living communities employ professional chefs to create various delicious food options.
Residents enjoy everything from fresh fish, pasta, vegetarian dishes, lamb chops, and pasta. In addition, cafes, elegant dining rooms, outdoor dining, and bistros are typical in senior living communities.
Vitality Living’s Family Decision Toolkit is the perfect resource to help you dispel any fears about senior living.