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Why Staying at Home Might Not be the Best Option

Senior woman cuddling with her granddaughter

When our parents reach a certain age it’s natural to start feeling concerned about their well being, especially if they have limited mobility or certain health conditions. The reality of modern life means we’re all busy with jobs, childcare, and other obligations, so we aren’t able to be with our elderly parents around the clock – which means it may be time to look for a safer alternative. 

It’s a cultural cliche at this point, but the vast majority of older adults will put up some resistance when you suggest it might be time to consider moving into an assisted living community. These conversations can be difficult to have, so in this article our team talks through the five most common myths seniors believe about staying in their homes. 

Senior living communities are for seniors who are sick

While there may be residents who have certain medical conditions or who have complex medical needs, many assisted living communities are full of healthy seniors who are enjoying living independently. The outdated nursing home stereotypes simply aren’t true anymore, and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) give older adults the freedom to explore new hobbies and interests in an environment that can support their daily needs. 

I can just get the care I need at home

Unfortunately, arranging for in-home care for older adults can be cost-prohibitive and complicated. And if the home health aide isn’t able to attend on a certain day, you’re left scrambling trying to make an alternative plan, working around your family’s busy lives. 

Reassure your loved one that if they move into a CCRC they’ll still have freedom and control over their life, while also having access to the medical care they need 24/7. 

I need to stay in my home if I want to stay connected with my friends

The senior years can be very isolating for many older adults who remain at home. Maintaining an active social circle is vital for seniors’ mental, emotional, and physical health. Senior living communities are an excellent place to build new friendships, expand your social circle, and form life-long bonds with like-minded people who are living in the same building. 

My current home is the best place for me to stay after I retire

We all go through phases in life, and transitioning into assisted living is a big phase that comes with many changes. If your senior parent has mobility issues, health issues, or certain medical needs, then remind them that they’d be best served in an environment where medical professionals are on site around the clock. A CCRC offers the best of both worlds: a safe and supportive environment that allows them to live a full, independent life. 

It’s better for me financially to remain at home

Even if the mortgage has been paid off, upkeep costs for homeowners can quickly become burdensome. Combine that with the cost of any in-home medical care your senior parent might need, and it becomes obvious that an assisted living community makes more sense from a financial standpoint as well. 

Making the decision to move mom or dad into a CCRC isn’t an easy one, but it’s often the best choice for them and for the whole family. For more information about our CCRC Independent Living Community in Sussex County, please contact our team today or visit our website at: https://umcommunities.org/bristolglen/

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