When it comes to assisted living, there are plenty of myths floating around about it. These myths, for the most part, may seem harmless and innocuous, but they can lead to potentially harmful decisions by family members. It’s important to know what some of these myths are and what the truth about them happens to be so that you can make the right decision regarding care for your loved one.
One of the most common myths about assisted living is that moving into one of these facilities means that you would lose some level of independence. That is not true, though depending on the level of assistance that is needed, there can certainly be some loss of independence, but this is not due to moving into the facility but rather your loved one’s inability to care for himself or herself any longer.
Another common myth about assisted living is that by moving to a new facility or location, that family will not be coming by to visit as frequently. Of course, this myth’s viability depends on the family itself. If family members are regularly visiting and checking in with a loved one, then there is no reason why this should cease just because the elderly loved one has moved into a different facility.
Of course, if this new facility is a fair distance farther away from family, then this may be a reasonable assumption, depending on how far and how busy everyone is. Family ties that are strong are difficult to break just because someone moves into a facility or community that provides some level of assistance. A personal care home doesn’t have to mean the end of visits as relatives and friends are more than welcome at almost any time of the day.
The third myth about assisted living is that by moving into an assisted living facility, it will mean no more hobbies. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, most personal care homes have a number of activities that residents can partake in, and a number of great activities.
If your loved one enjoys gardening, most assisted living facilities will be able to provide some level of gardening for the residents. If he or she prefers to quilt or knit or do artwork, there are usually a number of facilities that can accommodate these passions and hobbies.
When it comes to assisted living, don’t follow the myths but instead, do your own research and you’ll realize that there are many wonderful things to assisted living, just as there are great benefits to living at home with an in-home care provider.