As another generation of Americans enjoys their retirement, the generation beneath them begins to worry about their health and well-being. Particularly for those people with at least one deceased parent, the fear that the remaining parent won’t be able to live alone becomes an ever-present worry. Whether you are concerned for a loved one, or if you are a senior citizen weighing the options, assisted living may be the answer, and it’s not as bad as you think.
Because of the fact that the health care system is in complete upheaval and Social Security is America’s most endangered species, it is a truly difficult time to be a senior citizen. The unfortunate truth is that it may get worse before it gets better. To add the stress of this ugly situation to the already-present stress that comes with getting older is unfair.
When most people think of “assisted living,” they think of elderly abuse caught on hidden cameras in questionable nursing home facilities. This image has made the idea of checking either yourself or a loved one into a facility almost unbearable. The truth of the matter is that while despicable and inexcusable, these hidden camera shows are exposing the overwhelming minority of nursing homes, and are NOT the same as assisted living.
The average assisted living facility runs much like a college dorm (if everyone enrolled were 55th year seniors). Individual apartments coupled with meal plans, group activities, recreational facilities and a built-in social structure make assisted living an incredibly inviting option. What’s more is the fact that it isn’t just for widows. Many elderly couples make the choice to let someone else take care of their daily chores, making it an experience two can share.
The stigma surrounding assisted living is the sole result of misconceptions. With a little research, you will soon see that many facilities offer impeccable, reliable services that can make the experience very enjoyable.