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3 Misconceptions About Senior Living

November 18th, 2021

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Making the move to a senior living community can be one of the most positive and fulfilling experiences in a person’s life, allowing them to make the most of their retirement years in an ideal setting. Unfortunately, the public perception of the senior living industry can be clouded by stereotypes, outdated information and common misconceptions. From inaccurate and dramatized portrayals in film and television to sensational headlines that do not fairly represent the industry as a whole, many factors can contribute to the misrepresentation of a truly beneficial resource.

It is important to address the common misconceptions about senior living so that people get the full story and have all the information they need to make the best decision for themselves or their aging loved ones. These misconceptions often lead to people delaying the move to senior living or avoiding it altogether, both of which can come at the cost of their health, safety and happiness.

Misconception 1: Senior living communities are depressing

You have likely seen a movie or TV show that depicts a retirement home in a less-than-flattering light, with drab décor, poor lighting and forlorn residents. As with any industry, there are certainly options that are less than ideal, but for the majority of those residing in senior living communities, this depiction couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many wonderful senior living organizations that are passionate about providing a special experience to all they serve, a passion that is reflected by beautiful, well-kept campuses, engaging outings and programming, diverse homemade cuisine and a genuine sense of community. 

Misconception 2: A retirement community is “just a place to live”

When an aging individual’s family broaches the subject of senior living, they may feel hurt or conclude that their family views them as a burden to simply “stick” in senior housing. It is important for these individuals to know that these decisions are made lovingly with their best interest at heart. Options like independent living, assisted living and memory care communities offer invaluable assistance to people of varying needs that allows them to enjoy life on their terms with the peace of mind that their needs will always be met by helpful and supportive staff members. Senior living communities are not just places to live, they are opportunities to live life to the fullest with support where and when it is needed.

Misconception 3: Senior living is too expensive

The cost of senior apartments and care may seem daunting at first, and there is certainly a sliding scale of cost from community to community, but it can also be much more affordable than many realize. For example, when people look at the cost initially, they may not factor in all of the existing costs that would be eliminated, such as mortgage payments, homeowner’s insurance, gas, water, heat, electricity, cable, internet and home maintenance. There are also over 400 programs that provide financial assistance for elder care, which can help reduce that initial cost even more.

The key takeaway is that the senior living industry is full of passionate and well-managed organizations that offer fulfilling and idyllic lifestyles that let residents flourish. If you would like to learn more about a Seattle-area senior living provider with two picturesque locations and multiple levels of care, call CRISTA Senior Living today at (206) 546-7565 or contact us online.

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