Moving Mom or Dad can bring to the surface fears that are relevant to them and to their future. We have curated from The Heritage Senior Communities the following most common fears when moving. We feel this represents the Assisted Living Community just right.
Assisted Living Fear #1 – Loss of privacy and independence
One of the most common reasons seniors fear assisted living is that they associate it with loss of privacy and independence. They assume they will be monitored and kept from doing many activities they love. Show Mom or Dad some extra love, because you are uprooting them from the life they have known and loved.
In reality, assisted living tends to have the opposite effect. Assisted living communities understand how important independence is for seniors. They often take extra steps to ensure residents feel in control of their lives. At the community, residents are free from many of the responsibilities they had living on their own. When chores like cooking and cleaning are taken care of, seniors have more time for leisure activities.
Assisted Living Fear #2 –Feeling forced to participate in activities
Another reason your loved one may be resistant to assisted living is thinking they will be forced to participate in every community activity. This is simply untrue.
Many communities offer a variety of activities tailored to different interests. Seniors can choose to participate only in the activities that interest them or avoid them altogether.
Assisted Living Fear #3 – Being forgotten
Many seniors worry that their loved ones will forget about them if they move to a community. The thought of loneliness can be frightening.
Moving to an assisted living community doesn’t mean you will lose touch with your friends and family. Most communities encourage friends and family members to visit. Also, assisted living can prevent isolation by surrounding seniors with people their age.
Assisted Living Fear #4 –Costs associated with moving
There are a variety of resources available that may help with some expenses. Long-term care insurance, employee benefits programs, VA benefits, and Medicaid are resources worth exploring.
Heritage Helps Reduce Fears about Senior Living
Heritage Senior Communities, including our Linden Square Assisted Living Center, provides support to seniors and their families considering assisted living. Our team members can help reduce many of the fears associated with moving. Contact us today to learn more!