Making the move into a senior living arrangement can be daunting. As with all life changes, there is uncertainty and worry. One of the biggest worries is that you will have to give up your independence when you move into a “independent living” community. Here is Danny Rampey’s response to this common myth.
Myth #1: Moving into an independent living community means giving up some of my independence.
No, moving into an independent living community does not mean giving up some of your independence. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Moving into an independent living facility can be a very, very rewarding change in your lifestyle and in the way you live, a good alternative living environment. One of the questions that I hear more often when it comes to going into independent living, particularly from the families, is: “Is it going to be depressing? Is it going to hurt Mom or Dad? Is it going to depress them? Is it going to put them in a state of mind of that?
That’s the number one question we get. People have always thought when they go from home into independent living that it will be depressing. They have memories of a smelly nursing home, or bad memories of a dark, non-disinfected place, or scenes like that. Real cramped quarters, overcrowded apartment place, or houses, and this, that, and the other.
Modern independent communities are not like that. They are, I would say, just the opposite, so to speak. They offer a very spacious, nice, convenient environment that offers all kind of activities and amenities for the independent living resident. You know, great activities, special events, some of the meal plans, wellness programs, housekeeping, linen services, transportation.
Usually, in most independent living environments, they include a kitchenette, or a full kitchen. Some of them even have a live-in, 24-hour security. Then, of course, most everybody has chapel or church services, and then concierge services and then onsite barber shop and beauty parlor and some sort.
I think independent living is an excellent choice for someone that’s not quite ready for all the services and 24 hour oversight that personal care or assisted living would always offer, but yet they want to be in a very good social environment, and they want to have some type of oversight. They want to know that people are helping them and watching them and that people are there just in case they need them for whatever activities and daily living that they need.
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If you would like to learn more about independent living, you can give Magnolia a call at 770-212-3734.
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