5 Myths About Assisted Living, Debunked

Are you having conversations with your parents or a loved one about moving them to assisted living? Here are a few points you might want to discuss with them as you help make this tough decision.

Myth 1: I’ll miss my home too much.

Reality: To be honest, you probably will miss home at first. But you’ll have a new home, filled with mementos from your past like family photos, furniture pieces, and your favorite dinner dishes. It will be a place to enjoy your memories and create new ones.

Mrs. Avant, a Park Springs Member, has this to add: “I know it’s hard to get rid of things that you are emotionally attached to. There are things that once belonged to your children that you want to keep. But after I moved and got rid of those things, it freed me up. I feel very good with the things I have now in my personal space.”

Myth 2: I don’t want to live with old people in a nursing home or lose my independence.

Reality: Assisted living is not the same as a nursing home. Plus, many people who live in assisted living are healthy, active adults. At Park Springs, we like to think of assisted living as just like home, but with a little help when you need it.

Some of the perks of assisted living at Park Springs include:

● Tailored exercise programs
● Art activities
● Happy hour at the Harvest Dining Room
● Outdoor music in the courtyard
● Brain HQ, a brain fitness program
● A video lecture series called Travelogue: Geological Wonders
● Household Managers that cook your favorite meals

Myth 3: I’m not ready and, to be honest, I’m scared.

Reality: These feelings are normal, but the only way to overcome them is to prepare yourself. Let’s start now by taking tours together and exploring options. This will give you a chance to see there’s nothing to fear. It’s better to plan for the future now than have to rush into a move later.

“I think taking the time to visit and to talk to Members here, to see how the staff is very committed to taking care of us, I think that would make a difference,” says Mrs. Avant. “People who want to understand living at Park Springs need to experience some time here, whether it’s just for a luncheon or for a visit, before getting down to the nitty gritty of what it will take to get them here.”

Myth 4: I can’t afford it.

Reality: Assisted living is more affordable than you think. Many of the expenses you pay now are included such as your mortgage (or rent), taxes, maintenance, and insurance. Let’s put together a list of your current expenses and compare them to assisted living facilities.

Myth 5: Moving is too much trouble.

Reality: Not if we do it together. Let’s figure out what to take and what to leave behind as you begin a new chapter in your life. Once we get you settled in, we’ll be able to spend more time together, because we won’t have to worry about things like mowing the lawn or home maintenance. You’ll also have access to Care Staff 24/7 which will give us both peace of mind.

“My Mom looks so good and she seems really happy,” says Stacy H., an adult child of a Park Springs Member. “That speaks volumes regarding the care she is getting at Park Springs. We are very grateful.”

To learn more about assisted living at Park Springs, contact:
Alanna Connor, Director of Health Services Sales and Marketing at 678-684-3156 or
[email protected].