Debunking Misconceptions About Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living facilities are often misunderstood and stigmatized, with many people believing that they are only for those who are sick, lonely, or unable to take care of themselves. However, this could not be further from the truth.

They are designed to provide a supportive and comfortable environment for seniors who want to maintain their independence and continue to live a fulfilling life. They offer a range of services to ensure that residents have everything they need to thrive. Additionally, assisted living facilities are not just for those who are in poor health; many residents are in good health and choose assisted living as a way to stay active and engaged in their community.

So, if you or a loved one is considering assisted living, don’t let these myths hold you back. Here are some of the most common misconceptions debunked by our staff at Balfour Care.

‘Assisted Living Facilities Are for The Elderly and Frail’

Many people who live in assisted living facilities are not as old or frail as one might expect. These communities are often designed for older adults who are still active and want to continue living a full and engaging life.

Residents at Balfour Care, for example, can participate in daily activities that will help them develop new hobbies or maintain old ones. Even those who may need some extra support due to health issues often consider themselves lively and energetic. The culture of these communities encourages and supports older adults to continue to live life to their best ability.

‘Moving into An Assisted Living Facility Means Giving Up Your Hobbies’

Contrary to what you might think, living in a senior living facility can actually give you more free time to do the things you enjoy. Without the responsibility of maintaining a home, you’ll have more opportunities to pursue your interests and hobbies.

For example, if you love collecting old things, you might take advantage of the transportation services to local shops. If you enjoy photography, you might connect with other residents who share the same passion and plan a day trip to take photos together. These communities also offer a wide range of activities and events that allow you to try new things and discover new hobbies.

‘These Facilities Don’t Feel Welcoming and Home-like’

Some people may have a stereotypical image of assisted living facilities as being institutional and sterile, with long hallways and white, linoleum flooring. However, many of these communities are designed to be home-like, comfortable, and even luxurious, more like a resort than a hospital.

Balfour Care is designed to create a culture of effortless luxury, with comfortable furniture, beautiful decorations, lush greenery, and high windows to let in as much natural light as possible. This helps to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that feels more like home.

‘I Will Be Stuck In An Assisted Living Facility’

It’s common for people to confuse living independently with living on their own in a traditional home. However, living in an assisted living facility you can be just as independent as you want to be. Residents are not restricted in terms of where they can go or what they can do. Many seniors find that giving up the responsibilities of owning a home actually allows them more freedom to live the way they have always wanted to.

Communities like Balfour Care offer a wide range of amenities and activities that give residents plenty of opportunities to have fun and relax on their own terms. In this way, senior living can be a very independent and fulfilling way of life.

‘I’ll Lose My Alone Time At An Assisted Living Facility’

As a resident in an assisted living community, you choose the amount of alone time you want each day. Private suites are made to be accommodating and cozy, so you can relax in your own space if you prefer. Staff and other residents are respectful of your privacy and understand the importance of privacy.

However, if you do want to socialize, you can simply go outside your suite and join others in community activities. This gives you the flexibility to spend time in a way that suits you best, whether that means being alone or with others.

‘Assisted Living Facilities Don’t Allow You To Decorate Your Space’

While you may not be able to make major renovations to your suite, many assisted living communities encourage residents to decorate their spaces with personal items and pictures and bring their own furniture. This can help you feel more at home and maintain your sense of style and taste. Moving from a larger space to a smaller space can be challenging, but most assisted living facilities do not require you to sacrifice your personal touch in the process. You can still make your suite your own, even if you can’t make major changes to the structure or finishes.

‘It Will Be Difficult To See My Loved Ones’

Assisted living communities like Balfour Care are very welcoming to visitors. The common areas and private suites at our facility are designed so that you can comfortably host gatherings and parties. Friends and family are always welcome to come in for a visit. Just because you move to an assisted living facility doesn’t mean you have to give up your social life.

In fact, many people choose to move to these communities specifically because they want to have an active social life. So don’t be afraid to invite friends and family to come to visit you in your new home.

Contact Balfour Care Today!

With 10 locations in Colorado and Michigan with new communities opening in Washington, D.C. and Boston, our senior living communities are rated among the top assisted living facilities. The staff at Balfour Care ensures superior service, a continuum of care, and respect for the independence of our residents. If you’re sold on joining a senior living community, and you’re interested in taking the next steps, contact our team today and schedule a tour of our luxury, top-grade community.

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