5 myths about assisted living

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2024 | Elder Law |

Going into an assisted living facility can be a difficult transition for many people. It may be harder for some people to adapt to their new way of life when they believe some common myths about assisted living. 

Don’t believe everything you hear about assisted living. Here are some common myths about assisted living debunked:

Myth 1: You’ll no longer have independence

One of the biggest fears many people have once they enter an assisted living facility is that they will lose their independence. Yet, many facilities give their residents a lot of opportunities to do what they want. 

Myth 2: You’ll no longer be able to do your hobbies

While staying in an assisted living facility, you can still take part in your favorite hobbies. You may be able to take knitting supplies or puzzles into your room. When you want to get out and spend some time outdoors, you may be able to request transportation to your favorite places.

Myth 3: You won’t be able to see friends and family 

You may miss seeing friends and family once you go into an assisted living facility. That doesn’t have to end. Many nursing homes are visitor-friendly, allowing you to see who you want when you want.

Myth 4: You won’t get any privacy

Many nursing homes allow their residents to choose how much time they spend with others. If you prefer privacy, then you may be able to communicate that with assisted living staff.  

Myth 5: You won’t be able to personalize your space

While an assisted living facility may not allow you to paint the wall, change the carpet or remodel appliances, many facilities still allow residents to personalize their space. You may be able to bring in personal items, such as pictures and collections. You may even have the option to bring your own furniture. 

You can reach out for legal help to discuss your plans for assisted living.