Generally, assisted living facilities have a dubious reputation. There have been reports of elder abuse, theft, and lack of proper care, but that doesn’t mean assisted living isn’t a viable option for seniors who are not able to live on their own. Yet, there are some myths about assisted living which cause people to hesitate when thinking about admitting their loved ones in a senior home. This is why it is important that some common myths about assisted living be debunked:
- Just because a senior is living in assisted care facility doesn’t mean his/her independence is compromised. They are free to enjoy life the way they want. The only catch is that they are supervised to ensure their safety. It doesn’t mean a loss of independence.
- It is a common assumption that assisted living will cost more than living at home. Even if a senior owns a home, the cost of maintenance plus taxes and insurance can add up to a substantial amount, usually much more than what you have to pay for staying in an assisted living facility.
- Price is often not the best indicator of quality when it comes to assisted living facilities. You should make sure the facility you choose has the necessary amenities and takes good care of residents. Because people opt for the expensive facilities, they assume assisted living in general is expensive.
- Last, but not the least, there are cynics who refer to assisted living facilities as ‘assisted dying’ facilities, in the sense that the residents there are old and usually suffering from an illness. In other words, they are just waiting to die. This is not the case at all. In fact, assisted living facilities can offer seniors a better quality of life and medical care than they receive at home.
These are some of the most common myths about assisted living debunked. If you are considering putting an elderly loved one in an assisted living facility, don’t hesitate.