A transition to an assisted living community can be unsettling for any new resident. Seniors who have gotten used to living on their own, taking care of themselves, are suddenly put in an unfamiliar place, and find people “interefering” with their daily routines.
However, what these seniors will come to realize is that assisted living communities actually allow them the independence they enjoy, while providing them with the comfort and safety of regular care and assistance.
Many seniors compare their experience as residents in assisted living communities to revisiting their college years. They are once again living in a building with many of their friends, and food and fun community activities are provided for them. Senior homes get a reputation for being sterile and boring, but the staff of these senior living facilities know better. Seniors still have a lot of life to them, and they’re not ready to waste their golden years.
Much of the misconception about assisted living communities comes from the fact that there are actually many different kinds of senior homes, for many different kinds of seniors at different stages in their lives. Assisted living communities are for seniors who are still in good health, and are able to live independently with just a little bit of assistance. Nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities are for seniors who need a little more assistance, which they receive through both occupational, physical, and medical intervention from a skilled nursing staff.
Not all retirement homes are the “end-of-life” facilities that many seniors fear they are. A move into an assisted living facility can be the beginning of an exciting new chapter of life, rather than the end of the story. See this link for more.