Myths About Assisted Living
Assisted Living Facts
Know the facts before it’s time for you or a loved one to think about assisted living.
Are you or a loved one thinking about moving into an assisted living facility? If you are, do some homework first, to make sure you pick the right setting for you.
Be better prepared to visit and choose the best facility suited for your taste.
MYTH: When you move away from family, no one will be around to help.
If you have gotten used to having loved ones provide you assistance, the prospect of moving away from them and into a strange place can be very daunting indeed. You need to remember (or remind your loved one) that you are moving into a community with security and helpful staff that are available 24-7. Rather than suffering from isolation and less help, you may have more help than you know what to do with. All of our facilities are equipped with special features that make it easy to get help quickly if you find yourself in a pinch. These are features you won’t be able to benefit from in your home. Assisted living is better!
MYTH: Living at Home Is Less Expensive
Reality: Monthly expenses to maintain a home are higher than many seniors realize, and when combined with potential at-home care costs, living in their current home may end up being the most expensive option. According to the 2017 Genworth Cost of Care Survey , the national median annual cost for homemaker services is $47,934, and a home health aide costs $49,192. Plus, even if the mortgage has been paid off, utilities, homeowner taxes, maintenance and insurance payments add up.
Assisted living costs vary greatly depending on the type of residence, the size of the apartment, the types of services needed and the geographical location of the community. But the cost includes 24-hour supervision and security, daily meals, basic housekeeping, laundry, health and exercise programs and social programs, transportation, and access to medical services. It’s important to ask each community about their individual costs and services.
MYTH: Assisted Living Is Depressing and Residents Are Lonely
Many adult children of senior parents resist the idea of assisted living because they don’t want to “abandon” their parents, and many seniors fear that their loved ones will forget them and never visit. At Arbor Terrace, nothing could be further from the truth! We encourage our residents to maintain close relationships with their loved ones. We are always happy to facilitate family get-togethers or provide suggestions for things to do in the Asheville area. Between visits, our residents never have to be on their own! Arbor Terrace strives to be a true community, and there are plenty of opportunities to make new friends and stay connected, from mealtimes to book clubs to community outings.
MYTH: Wheelchair dependent or have urinary incontinence
Assisted living allows for wheelchairs. They do not allow those who need more than one staff member to assist them in getting in and out of the chair. Persons living with urinary incontinence can live in the ALF as long as the issue is easily managed by the resident.
MYTH: There’s No Socialization
Socialization is the backbone of assisted living communities. Loneliness has a serious impact on the mental and physical health of seniors. Living alone is the single biggest risk factor for extreme loneliness in seniors. Assisted living for seniors allows them to maintain their privacy and independence, but it also provides many opportunities for socialization with activities and close proximity to peers.
MYTH: The food will be terrible
Truth: Many assume that since they’ll no longer be able to cook their own food at home, the quality of the food they’ll be eating will decrease but this won’t be the case at a good assisted living facility. Nutritionists and dining teams ensure that the food your loved one eats will be full of both variety and the nutrients they need to help maintain their health. These facilities will provide three meals a day, and will provide reminders and escorts to meal times so your loved one won’t forget to eat.
Now that we’ve debunked some of the most common assisted living myths, it’s time to talk about choosing the best community for you. Braley Care Homes provides professional care in a home-like environment, which is crucial to preserving our residents’ dignity and self-worth. We believe this can best be done in smaller environments, rather than large facilities. The home setting is the environment we choose to care for your loved one. They can surround themselves with pictures and furniture for that complete home feeling. Our intimate, home-like atmosphere allows for individualized care and lasting relationships.