Are you confused about what a “nursing home” actually is? Many people refer to senior communities, independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care as “nursing homes.” Because these terms are used interchangeably, it’s led to many misconceptions about what today’s senior living options are really like. Let’s debunk common myths about senior living communities.
Truth #1: Senior Living Is Not a Nursing Home, but May Include Access to Skilled Nursing Care
Some senior living communities, known as continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), offer different levels of care, such as independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing. Skilled nursing offers a higher level of specialized senior care that helps older adults who have serious health conditions or are recovering from a major health event. However, most older adults join these communities as independent living residents so they can enjoy all community life has to offer. It’s great to know that care is there if they need it, but they choose the lifestyle because of the resort-like amenities and activities.
Truth #2: Residents Get the Assistance They Need When They Need It
Senior living communities provide supportive and attentive care, which can make them a more secure option compared to living on your own or with a loved one. These communities have licensed, trained professionals available 24/7 to help residents, specialized safety protocols, and unique services centered on resident well-being. Senior living communities can give you life-changing care that allows you to live as independently as possible for as long as possible, greatly improving your quality of life.
Truth #3: Residents Retain Complete Freedom Over Their Daily Lives
Senior living residents have the freedom to dictate how they spend their time. In fact, many older adults find that their social calendars have never been busier. With access to on-site events and amenities, residents can join social clubs, venture out to local attractions, or get transportation to appointments and activities. Some residents choose to retain their own vehicles, and overnight guests are welcome! Whatever you did in your previous home, you can do at a senior living community. Best of all, you can do it without the headache of home maintenance or the sense of isolation that can come with growing older in a large family home after adult children have moved on.
Truth #4: Social Activities and Opportunities for Connection Are Abundant
Isolation can be detrimental to both our mental and physical health. However, community living can help ease loneliness and improve health outcomes. On-site amenities and events are designed to supplement your hobbies and create opportunities to build relationships and stay engaged. Thus, senior living communities can be immensely helpful in building connections with those that have similar interests. These can be anything from social functions or live speaker engagements to interactive tutorials or fitness classes. In addition to enabling new friendships, residents aren’t isolated from the outside world – friends and family are always welcome to visit.
Truth #5: Accommodations Are Modern, Sophisticated, and Pleasant
It’s important to note that not all senior living communities are created equal. The quality of your community will depend on which one you choose. Be sure to vet the community, look at its reviews, and schedule a tour to evaluate it against your standards. That said, today’s senior living communities offer far more modern and sophisticated amenities and surroundings than they did in the past. Heated pools, state-of-the-art fitness centers, putting greens, concierge services, and much more are often included as part of the monthly fee.
Find Your Community at Village on the Green
While the process of finding the right senior living community for yourself or a loved one can be challenging, it’s a critical decision. Your choice should prioritize your health, safety, and enrichment.
At Village on the Green, our community features engaging amenities, exciting events, and top-notch services, all designed to enrich the lives of our residents. Plus, as a Life Care community, you can rest assured that if your care needs change over time, your community doesn’t have to.
Contact us to discover your living options at Village on the Green today.