5 Misconceptions About Senior Living Communities

March 15, 2023 | Senior Living

Due to media portrayals, outdated stereotypes, and negative connotations regarding aging, the senior housing industry has often dealt with its share of misconceptions. However, the truth is that today’s senior living communities offer older adults an active lifestyle in environments where they can find support, purpose and connection.

At Astral at Auburn, our senior living community in Auburn, Indiana, offers independent living, assisted living and memory care services to support the varying needs of older adults and their families. We’re proud to promote an active lifestyle through enrichment, premier amenities and purposeful living. 

If you or someone you love has been hesitant to start the senior living search, we want to help. Below, we share five common misconceptions about senior living communities – and the truth behind them. 

Myth #1: Residents lose their independence.

Truth: Residents’ independence is enhanced!

First and foremost, senior living communities provide care and support so residents can lead safer and healthier lives. Residents can be more independent in an environment that offers various activities from which to choose, a support system for wellness and access to a built-in social structure.

With maintenance-free living and daily support, individuals find their independence is enhanced, as they have more freedom to focus on passions, interests and relationship-building.

Myth #2: I’m too healthy for senior living.

Truth: The sooner you move to senior living, the better!

There is a common belief that a person can only move to a senior living community in Auburn, Indiana,  if they need 24/7 care or following a health crisis. The truth is that senior living communities offer more than just care. For example, independent living provides active retirees with a maintenance-free lifestyle focusing on health, wellness and connection. 

When you move to a senior living community sooner rather than later, you’re able to enjoy a wide range of amenities and activities, knowing assistance and support are available should an emergency arise.

Myth #3: The food is bland, and the atmosphere is boring. 

Truth: Nope!

Many of today’s senior living communities are reminiscent of resorts and restaurants when it comes to amenities and dining. With a variety of personalized amenities and premier dining options, senior living helps residents prioritize and enhance their wellness. 

At Astral at Auburn, our senior living community in Auburn, Indiana, offers our Encompass Self & Wellbeing program to help residents focus on the five pillars of self and wellness: 

  • Health
  • Endurance
  • Knowledge
  • Wisdom 
  • Happiness

Not only does Encompass help residents re-discover their passions, but it stimulates the mind and body to create more purpose in their daily routines. 

In addition, our restaurant-style dining allows residents to enjoy their meals in an environment that promotes good company and flowing conversations as they enjoy delicious (and nutritious) meals. 

Myth #4: I’ll be lonely. 

Truth: You’ll have more opportunities to socialize!

A senior living community is just that – a community. Thanks to apartment-style floor plans or similar concepts, residents have the opportunity to meet friends, peers and neighbors at every turn. 

Senior living communities also offer activity groups and social events, so you and your neighbors can get to know each other better, form friendships with people who have similar interests, and spend time together. Senior living communities make it easier for seniors to have opportunities for building friendships and enjoying socialization.

Myth #5: I don’t want to live in a nursing home.

Truth: Nursing homes and senior living communities are different. 

This is probably the most significant misconception about senior living. Skilled nursing facilities, often referred to as nursing homes, offer rehabilitative services or care for those with health conditions that require licensed medical attention. Skilled nursing facilities focus on recovery, rehabilitation and chronic medical conditions and senior living communities focus on life enrichment and resident satisfaction. While this can include a degree of medical care, nursing homes provide more comprehensive medical care. 

While not every older adult would benefit from nursing home care, most would benefit from the active, maintenance-free lifestyle offered at senior living communities. 

We invite you to discover purposeful senior living in Auburn, Indiana, by scheduling your tour of Astral at Auburn today!

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