Common Concerns and Myths About Senior Living

Common Concerns and Myths About Senior Living

Considering a move to a senior living community for yourself or a loved one? Downsizing is one of the most important decisions you will ever make about how and where you will spend your future.

Options for senior living have significantly evolved over the years, offering a wide variety of choices tailored to meet the needs and desires of seniors. Unfortunately, negative stereotypes and myths about senior living remain. Some may even prevent older adults who would greatly benefit from moving to a community to make the transition.

We’ve highlighted some of the most common myths surrounding senior living so that you can make an informed decision about your loved one’s long-term care plan.

Myth #1: I’m too young for senior living.

Truth:  There’s a common misconception that senior living communities are only for elderly residents who can no longer live independently and require round-the-clock personal care. In reality, today’s senior living communities are designed with independent and active adults in mind. Residents in senior living communities gain access to services that prioritize mental and physical wellness, so they can stay independent and healthy as long as possible.  If you wait until a health crisis occurs, you or your family may be forced to select a community based on what is available, not what your loved one desires in long-term senior living.

Myth #2: Senior living is unaffordable for most seniors.

Truth: Many people think that senior living is a luxury option that is beyond the reach of the average senior. In truth, there are many ways to help alleviate costs associated with senior living, including financial aid programs, veteran’s benefits, and long-term care insurance. With senior living, residents don’t have to worry about a mortgage, property taxes, and costly home repairs. In fact, when added together, senior living can actually save residents money in the long term—plus it includes a variety of added benefits and conveniences. At The Oaks at Bartlett, we’re happy to sit down and discuss any questions or concerns you have about our monthly fees.

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Myth #3: I will lose my independence and privacy.

Truth: One of the biggest myths about residing in a senior living community is that residents lose privacy and independence over their lives. The truth is, senior living communities are designed to provide a variety of services and necessary support to residents that help ensure their safety and maintain their independence—not diminish it. At The Oaks at Bartlett, seniors make their own decisions, engage in a wide range of programs and social events, and have access to numerous amenities that enhance their daily lives. Residents decide when they want to participate in community activities or prefer privacy.

Myth #4: I will have to give up hobbies and activities that I enjoy.

Truth: With basic needs such as housekeeping, transportation, and meals taken care of, residents of senior living communities have more time than ever to engage in hobbies and interests that they find fulfilling. Communities like The Oaks at Bartlett offer many engaging programs and activities for residents including:

  • Restaurant-style dining room
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Fully equipped fitness center
  • Computer lab
  • Arts and crafts studio
  • Chapel for Mass, Lutheran services, non-denominational services, prayer, and quiet reflection
  • Club room/card room
  • Library
  • Bar/lounge
  • Game room
  • Beauty Salon 
  • Calendar of social, educational, recreational, and spiritual activities
  • Fitness and wellness classes
  • And more

Experience Care-free Living at The Oaks At Bartlett

As you consider downsizing in retirement, be aware of the myths and misconceptions surrounding senior living communities. By debunking these myths, seniors and family members can make informed decisions based on facts about their living options.

The best way to experience and learn more about the benefits of senior living is to visit in person. Contact The Oaks at Bartlett to schedule a tour today!