Common Myths About Assisted Living Homes
June 12, 2019
With all of the misleading information found on the internet today, it can be a nerve-racking process to find the right assisted living facility for yourself or an aging loved one. Let’s clear up some common myths in order to take some of the stress out of finding a facility that satisfies all of your needs.
Myth #1: Facilities are unable to provide comfort that is available at home.
Assisted living homes’ top priority is to provide aging adults with a comfortable, soothing, healthy, and positive environment to reside in. Whether residents are sleeping, eating, participating in recreational activities, receiving medical care, relaxing, or otherwise, staff do everything they can to ensure their comfort and satisfaction. Caregivers know that home is possibly the most familiar and desired place for seniors to age, so they dedicate their days to ensuring that residents achieve as similar a feeling as possible once they are no longer able to live at home.
Myth #2: Living in a community setting means no privacy or independence.
A reputable assisted living facility will be able to give you the best of both worlds: a sense of community and socialization when desired, and a private environment when needed. The ideal facility will plan social activities and trips to attractions in the community, but will also understand your need for independence and alone time. Social activities should not be mandatory, but have voluntary attendance and participation. Classes may be offered for those who are currently dependent upon others throughout the majority of their day that want to improve their independence in a comforting and enthusiastic setting.
Myth #3: You will have to abandon your hobbies enjoyed at home when you transfer to assisted living.
One of the main goals of an assisted living facility is to ensure seniors can participate in plenty of recreational activities and hobbies as they want. Check out this list of activities that are commonly available and encouraged for seniors at facilities across the nation:
- Art classes
- Dance lessons
- Tabletop games and cards
- Music lessons
- Visiting family and friends
- Community outings
Myth #4: The ideal assisted living facility doesn’t exist.
Have you noticed a trend yet in the debunking of these common myths? Ensuring that the living facility you choose is reputable and able to meet your needs is all it takes to shake the worries that myths like these create. Kenwood Care takes pride in providing quality assisted living in Maryland that ensures all residents receive care that is tailored to their individual needs while taking comfort and enjoyment in their surroundings on a daily basis.
We plan numerous activities to encourage socialization between residents (and staff), encourage the practicing of current hobbies and learning of new skills, have comfortable and private living arrangements, and are happy to adjust care programs in order to best suit our residents’ specific needs.
Want even more proof that these myths don’t hold any truth? Contact Kenwood Care today and schedule a tour of one of our Howard County facilities! You’ll see right away why so many seniors and their families choose us.