It’s not easy facing the fact that you can’t do everything the way you could when you were younger. However, human nature being what it is, most older adults resist the thought of moving into a retirement community even when they should be seriously considering it. All too often, that resistance is based on misconceptions about what it’s like to live in an assisted living community.
Let’s dispel those myths! Here are five common ones that may sound familiar to you:
1. It is the end of independence
Not at all! In fact, the goal of assisted living is to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. It’s designed to feel just like home, without all the chores. You don’t even have to cook for yourself, if you don’t want to or can’t. You live in your own apartment, with your own furniture and a front door for privacy. You gain the help you need with basic daily living tasks and emergency assistance if it’s needed.
Beyond that, how you spend your time is up to you. If you’re still qualified to drive and have a car, you can come and go as you please. If not, assisted living communities provide transportation for shopping, doctor visits, and fun outings.
2. Assisted living is just another name for nursing home
Many older adults remember the place where their own parents went when they could no longer care for themselves. It wasn’t pleasant. Today, there is specialized care for those who have dementia, and skilled nursing facilities for those who require around-the-clock medical care. One of the nice benefits of assisted living is that you can retain maximum independence but still have peace of mind knowing there are staff on duty 24/7/365 who will check periodically to be sure all is good with you.
Assisted living is all about living life to the fullest – with a bit of help here and there as needed. But if you hold out too long, you might not be eligible for this type of minimal intervention. A sudden fall, or stroke, or cardiac event may be so damaging that you will require skilled nursing instead.
3. I will be moving away from the things I love to do
Top quality assisted living communities are just that – communities. We take a holistic approach, ensuring our residents have everything any other community offers, including educational opportunities, arts and cultural entertainment, wellness and fitness activities, the chance to pursue favorite hobbies, social interaction, and religious services and counsel … all to keep your mind, body and spirit strong.
And, since you no longer have to deal with household chores and upkeep, you have more time to take advantage of all these options.
4. All assisted living facilities are the same
Heavens, no! Some are small group homes, some are part of national chains, some are single apartment buildings. They may be located in an urban center or a rural setting. They vary in the range and type of resident activities and amenities offered. Our Magnolia Manor communities are beautiful campuses that often incorporate multiple buildings. They may include multiple types of senior residential services, including independent and/or assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing. We have nine campuses in all, but each one is different.
5. Medicare will pay for it
Neither private health insurance nor Medicare will cover your assisted living costs in Georgia. If your income is low enough, Medicaid may help, but in most cases, it is up to you to pay the bill--unless you have the appropriate long term care insurance policy. That’s why it is so important to understand your options and choose an assisted living community while your health is still good. You will find places that vary considerably in cost as well as services, but the two things that matter most are quality, friendly staff and an overall atmosphere that makes you feel at home.
Come visit Magnolia Manor
Taking full advantage of assisted living early on can help you remain healthier and happier as you age, and that’s no myth. Get the facts. Contact us at 1-855-540-LIFE (5433).