Are you considering senior living for yourself or an older loved one but are concerned by all the negative things you’ve heard about senior living communities? These fears can be overwhelming and make the prospect of moving into a senior living community less than appealing.
You may have heard stories about residents in senior living communities being stuck in a drab environment with poor food, no activities, and minimal care.
However, it’s essential to know that senior living communities continue to evolve for the better.
According to Senior Housing News, today’s seniors have higher expectations of senior living communities than ever before, and senior living communities are meeting this need with better services, amenities, and a focus on health and wellness for residents.
Seniors’ most common fears about senior living – and the realities
Fear: I’ll lose my independence in a senior living community
One of the most common fears seniors have about moving to a senior living community is the fear of losing their independence. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Most senior living communities are designed to promote independence.
For example, assisted living communities help residents with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and grooming. This allows residents to enjoy the services and amenities of the community while maintaining their independence.
One of the key features of Seasons Senior Living is its person-centered approach to care which includes an interdisciplinary team who continually assesses and meets the needs of each resident to promote a fulfilling, independent lifestyle.
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Fear: I’ll receive poor care
Some seniors and their families worry they won’t receive the same quality of care in a senior living community as they would in their homes. However, senior living communities have highly trained and experienced staff members dedicated to providing excellent care for residents.
Residents in senior living communities have access to everything from physical, occupational, speech, and pet therapy to teams of memory care specialists.
Fear: Senior living communities are boring
The days of seniors gathered in a room at a nursing home, sleeping in chairs or playing checkers or watching television are over. Today’s seniors are active social and are looking for senior living communities that provide a full calendar of social opportunities and events.
If you were to visit a senior living community like Seasons Largo Senior Living in Clearwater, Florida, you’d find residents enjoying the following amenities and activities:
- Sports bar
- Exercise classes
- Movie nights in their theater
- Billiards room
- Happy hours every Friday
- Engaging activities, live entertainment, and special events
- Social outings
Fear: The food in senior living communities is bland and unappetizing
If you imagine tasteless food with limited options in senior living communities, you’re in for a treat! Residents in senior living communities are dining on nutritious and delicious chef-prepared meals and snacks, including salads, sandwiches, and Mediterranean juice bars to comfort foods.
The fears seniors have about senior living are often based on outdated stereotypes and misinformation.
Senior living communities are designed to promote independence, social interaction, community involvement, health and wellness, and high-quality care.
If you’re interested in senior living in Clearwater, Florida, contact the caring senior living team at Seasons Senior Living would love to help! Download our free Family Decision Toolkit for helpful tips about choosing the senior living lifestyle.