Many senior citizens want to remain living independently in their home as long as possible. But declining health or memory issues are often a key factor in changing an elderly loved one’s living situation. When the time comes that a person has to think about moving their parent into an assisted living facility or get more caregiving help, there are often a lot of questions and misconceptions. At Twin Town Villa, we want to make sure our families and residents understand the facts so they can make the best decision. Let’s take a closer look at some common misconceptions about assisted living.
Assisted Living Misconceptions
Misconception #1 – Seniors are Better off at Home
At Twin Town Villa, our focus is on improving every resident’s quality of life. This includes everything from making sure they healthy meals, medication help, engaging activities, social interaction, and other health-related services. Especially during the social isolation challenges of COVID, assisted living ensures that residents get interaction but also remain safe. Here are some considerations for selecting a senior living community.
Misconception #2 – Assisted Living is Too Expensive
Often times families don’t consider all the expenses incurred when their loved one is living on their own such as rent, utilities, property taxes, transportation, groceries, and more. In the long run, many people find that assisted living is not much more than their former cost of living, with many additional services included. Twin Town Villa offers a variety of payment options for families to make the transition easy.
Misconception #3 – Memory Issues May Worsen
Our trained staff works with the residents who have memory issues in a patient and caring manner. We love to hear stories from our residents! Our Memory Care unit is dedicated to helping our residents with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of memory issues in a comfortable and fulfilling atmosphere. It is important for residents to hold that connection to their past by bringing in photos and other items from the past to help connect their past to their present and encourage memories.
Misconception #4 – Seniors Can Lose Independence
When seniors begin needing help with daily living such as bathing and grooming, assisted living can make a tremendous difference in maximizing their independence. Other seniors may love having their meals cooked, the benefits of regular housekeeping, and having friends nearby. Not having to worry about household chores and errands can give some seniors more time for their hobbies and interests.
Misconception #5 – It’s Not Safe During COVID
If you feel that your loved one can benefit from assisted living, don’t let the pandemic be a reason for waiting. Now more than ever, senior citizens can benefit from the companionship of our built-in community of staff and residents to reduce feelings of isolation. An assisted living community can also help protect your loved one from exposure to COVID-19 by eliminating their need to run errands or get groceries. With mental health issues being heightened by the pandemic, our staff can help identify concerns quickly.
When is the Right Time to Move into Assisted Living?
At Twin Town Villa in Breckenridge, MN, we offer Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Care Suites to match the needs of each resident. We serve the communities near Wahpeton, ND, and Fergus Falls, MN. If you have questions about Senior Living options for your loved one or would like a virtual tour of our community, please contact us online or call 218.643.9542.