The world of assisted living and senior housing has come a long way in the last few decades. Unfortunately, the idea of what assisted living communities are like has not evolved at the same pace. There are still several myths and misconceptions surrounding senior care and the image associated with a senior living community.

The Grove on Forest Lane is an assisted living community in Dallas, Texas, and part of our mission is to provide education and information about senior services and care so that individuals and families understand the options available to them. Our team is sharing the truth behind some common myths and misconceptions about assisted living to set the record straight once and for all.

Myth #1:
Assisted Living Communities Are Nursing Homes

Back in the mid-1970s, nursing homes were the only senior living or care option available for those who needed support or assistance. However, these facilities are designed for those who need consistent medical care and attention. Apart from relying on family members or loved ones, individuals who simply needed assistance with daily tasks (mobility, bathing, etc.) didn’t have a care option.

Because of this, senior living became synonymous with nursing homes. However, the reality is that the world of senior living has expanded. While nursing homes, or skilled nursing facilities, still exist to care for those with more complex medical needs, additional lifestyle and care options are available to cater to a wide range of senior needs.

For example, today’s assisted living communities are designed for those who need assistance with daily tasks but still wish to maintain their independence or simply want a maintenance-free lifestyle with opportunities for connection and wellness.

Myth #2:
Moving to an Assisted Living Community Means Losing Independence

Contrary to popular belief, assisted living services enable individuals to maintain independence. By providing support in the areas they need, individuals feel empowered and have more free time to pursue their interests and hobbies.

Instead of worrying about household chores, home maintenance tasks, and limitations, residents in assisted living communities can spend their time doing exactly what they want to do.

At The Grove on Forest Lane, our Dallas assisted living community takes a resident-centered approach to care and support. Our greatest desire is that each resident in our community defines what the phrase “quality of life” means to them. We then match that vision with capable and compassionate support when needed, all while encouraging each resident to continue writing their story.

Myth #3:
Assisted Living is Too Expensive

A common misconception about assisted living communities is that they are too expensive and that aging in place at home is cheaper. However, the truth is that transitioning into an assisted living community could actually be more cost-effective than living in a private residence.

When you own your own home, you have a variety of utility bills (electric, water, gas, etc.) that can fluctuate from month to month. Additionally, you are responsible for all the upkeep and home maintenance costs, such as replacing the roof or repairing any appliances if they break. Furthermore, as we get older and needs change, home improvements may be necessary to make a home safer and more accessible, such as adding a wheelchair ramp or converting a bathtub to a walk-in shower.

On the other hand, when you live in an assisted living community (most or all) utilities, home maintenance costs, and safety improvements are included or taken care of for you. No expected costs to fix the sink or costly renovations to accommodate changing needs. 

At The Grove on Forest Lane, amenities and services included in your monthly assisted living rate include:

  • Studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom apartment
  • Nutritious cuisine three times per day
  • Personalized wellness assessment
  • Scheduled family care conferences
  • Scheduled transportation to doctor appointments and other health destinations
  • Access to care and team members 24 hours per day
  • Emergency call pendant
  • On-site fitness center
  • Weekly linen and towel service
  • All utilities, including cable TV and internet access

Don’t let the myths and misconceptions about assisted living keep you from exploring your options and enhancing your quality of life or the quality of life of someone you love. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our Dallas assisted living community, The Grove on Forest Lane.