Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Misconceptions about Assisted Living

There are many misconceptions about senior independent and assisted living communities.  Regardless of what you think you know; the truth is every senior community has a unique personality and the best way to really get to know a place is to visit it firsthand.   Krystal Chan, a Partner Services Projects Manager at A Place for Mom, notes that, “You can visit two communities down the street from one another that offer the same care and services, they may even look identical to one another, but that feel very different. Just because your loved one didn’t like one community, doesn’t mean the next one won’t feel right.”

In terms of assisted living, you will find that the level of care varies from facility to facility as well as from state to state as requirements and regulations differ.  Some states have a tiered level of licensing so facilities with higher level licenses can provide more care.

One thing that surprises a lot of people is that many senior living communities allow pets.  In fact, as research continues to solidify the benefit seniors get from caring for an animal, many communities wholeheartedly welcome pets into their community. 

Another misconception about assisted living is that it is very expensive. In a 2012 Cost of Senior Care Survey from A Place for Mom, it cites the fact that assisted living is often less costly than home health or nursing home care.  In addition they report that “more seniors are purchasing long-term care insurance to help plan for and finance their long-term care needs.”  Furthermore, other programs such as one for Vets and their spouses offer assistance to help off-set the cost.  

MorningStar of Sparks’ unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest” sets us apart from other senior communities.  Committed to creating a true home for residents within a gorgeous setting, our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve.  We invite you to schedule a visit to learn more about our exceptional senior living.


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