Fears That Keep Seniors from Moving to Assisted Living
BY KURT SAPP, ADMINISTRATOR, SEMINOLE SHORES LIVING CENTER, NORTON SHORES
Moving to an assisted living community is a major transition, so it’s understandable that your loved one might be afraid. Even when seniors think their quality of life would improve at a community, a variety of factors can prevent them from taking the next step.
Many times, an older adult’s hesitations center around fear. With a little understanding, family caregivers can reduce their loved one’s concerns and start touring assisted living communities.
Below are four reasons seniors are hesitant to move.
Loss of privacy and independence. One of the most common reasons seniors fear assisted living is that they associate it with loss of privacy and independence. They assume they will be monitored and kept from doing many activities they love.
In reality, assisted living tends to have the opposite effect. Assisted living communities understand how important independence is for seniors. They often take extra steps to ensure residents feel in control of their lives. At the community, residents are free from many of the responsibilities they had living on their own. When chores like cooking and cleaning are taken care of, seniors have more time for leisure activities.
Feeling forced to participate in activities. Another reason your loved one may be resistant to assisted living is thinking they will be forced to participate in every community activity. This is simply untrue.
Many communities offer a variety of activities tailored to different interests. Seniors can choose to participate only in the activities that interest them or avoid them altogether.
Being forgotten. Many seniors worry that their loved ones will forget about them if they move to a community. The thought of loneliness can be frightening.
Moving to an assisted living community doesn’t mean you will lose touch with your friends and family. Most communities encourage friends and family members to visit. Also, assisted living can prevent isolation by surrounding seniors with people their age.
Costs associated with moving. Price is another reason seniors may shy away from assisted living. In some cases, the cost of assisted living is less than other long-term care solutions.
There are a variety of resources available that may help with some expenses. Long-term care insurance, employee benefits programs, VA benefits, and Medicaid are resources worth exploring.
Understanding Fears about Assisted Living. Deciding to move to an assisted living community can be unnerving. It’s important to listen to your loved one and try to understand their hesitations. This will allow you to better help them get past their fears.
Heritage helps reduce fears about senior living. Heritage Senior Communities, including Seminole Shores Assisted Living Center, provides support to seniors and their families considering assisted living. Our team members can help reduce many of the fears associated with moving. Contact us today to learn more! Seminole Shores Assisted Living is located at 850 Seminole Road in Norton Shores.
Seminole Shores Assisted Living Center, located in Norton Shores, Michigan, gives seniors the opportunity to be independent while knowing that assistance is available to serve them whenever they need it. The center offers housekeeping, laundry, medication management, 24 hour care, three home-cooked meals a day and a full activity and event program. A pet-friendly community, Seminole Shores Assisted Living Center is owned and operated by Heritage Property Management Inc., located in Grand Haven, Michigan. Heritage Property Management Inc. is a family-owned company that operates nine assisted living homes and five independent living homes across the state of Michigan. Learn more at seminoleshoresalc.com and call (231) 780-2944 for a tour.