Senior Living - April 22, 2022

3 Common Myths About Senior Living (& the Truth Behind Them!)

The world of senior housing has come a long way since it was first established. But unfortunately, the idea of senior housing has not evolved at the same pace, and there are still myths and misconceptions about what life is like in a senior living community.

In every sense of the word, senior living communities are just that – communities. They connect individuals with people, services, and tools to help them lead safer, healthier lives. Our team at Rivertown Ridge is setting the record straight by sharing the truth behind a few of these myths about senior living.

Myth #1: Senior Living Communities are Boring

One of the most prominent myths about senior living is that the environment is boring. Many people envision a group of residents sitting silently together in a large room, staring at a small television. This image could not be further from the truth! 

Many of today’s senior living communities offer a wide range of social, physical, and educational opportunities for residents to stay active and engaged. Beyond exceptional care, senior living communities provide features and amenities that enhance a person’s overall wellness, incorporating socialization, physical activity, spiritual services, and more.

At Rivertown Ridge, we believe that every resident should have the ability to pursue new interests, old hobbies, and entertaining activities that fill every day with joy. Through careful research and planning, we have shaped our retirement community to be able to help individuals explore the seven dimensions of wellness.

Some of our resort-style amenities include:

  • Recreational activities and programs
  • Regular access to craft and activity rooms
  • On-site movie theater
  • Neighborhood community center
  • Exercise room and fitness classes
  • Neighborhood pool
  • Outdoor walking paths and gardening areas

Myth #2: You’ll Lose Your Independence

When senior living first became available, the only level was intended for individuals who needed a high level of daily nursing care. For this reason, the myth that you will lose your independence if you move into a senior living community became widespread.

Nowadays, many levels of senior living are available, including independent living. By transitioning into a senior living community, many individuals find their independence is enhanced, and are able to maintain their independence longer. 

Senior living communities offer a maintenance-free lifestyle, so residents no longer have to worry about the upkeep of a house or doing household chores that can take up most of the day. Consequently, they have more free time to pursue hobbies and interests and have the convenience of living in a community environment where everything they need is right on campus. This, combined with supportive services, allow residents to lead more active, independent lives.

Myth #3: Living at Home is More Affordable

It is common to think that living in a private residence would be cheaper than moving into a senior living community, especially if you own a home and have it paid off. However, certain factors could make senior living more cost-effective than aging at home.

When you own a home, you are responsible for the costs of all maintenance, repairs and upgrades that need to be done to the house. In addition to these costs, utility bills like your water and electricity have to be paid separately and can fluctuate each month, making planning a budget more difficult.

At most senior living communities, these expenses are included in your monthly rate, including housing accommodations, care, some (or all) utilities, dining options, and access to community activities and amenities. There are no more unexpected costs when the washing machine breaks or you need to save for a new roof!  

Plus, not only could living in a senior living community be more cost-effective, but it comes with added benefits and perks, like wellness centers, on-site restaurants, entertainment and more. Be sure to talk with a team member at the community to find out what is included in their rate.

Do not let myths about senior living keep you from creating your ideal retirement lifestyle! We encourage you to research and make the decision for yourself. If you would like to learn more about our services and what we offer in our senior living community in Wyoming, Michigan, we invite you to visit our website or contact a member of the Rivertown Ridge team.