What Is Senior Living Really Like?
A Genworth Financial study shows that 7 in 10 Americans 65+ will need long term care. More than 90% have not talked about it with their spouse, aging parents or adult children.
Myth: “I Can’t Afford It. It’s Too Expensive.”
Fact: The Costs of Senior Living Are Often Comparable to Living in a House.
People who have long-term care discussions prior to needing it save one-third of the cost of those who don’t.
- Housing, home maintenance, utilities, food, entertainment, transportation, and more, are included in the cost.
- There are options for payment.
- No mortgages or property taxes.
- Assets that can be used for payment include your home, investments, long-term care insurance, veteran benefits, etc.
- Non-profit organizations often have a foundation to support residents in-need.
Myth: “I’m Not Ready. I Don’t Need Senior Living.”
Fact: Senior Living Isn’t Just for People Who Can’t Take Care of Themselves Anymore.
More than half of Americans older than 65 report their greatest fear is being a burden on their family due to a long-term care health issue.
- Most residents wish they would have made the move years earlier.
- Be in the driver’s seat. It’s best to make the move when you have the choice, not when you need to.
Myth: “The Food in Senior Living Is Terrible.”
Fact: Expect Restaurant-Quality Meals and a Restaurant-Like Experience.
73% of family members notice nutritional improvements after their loved ones’ move to senior living.
- Choice and variety is king. Luther Manor has three restaurants in Independent Living and six throughout the community. Get a five-course meal in our dining rooms, grab a sandwich in the cafe or simply enjoy a meal at home. Our menus change as often as four times a year and it’s the residents’ input that helps us determine how the menus change!
- Menu is considerate of health needs and dietary restrictions.
- Dine in and take out options are available. You can have your meal delivered to your apartment.
Myth: “I’ll Lose My Independence.”
Fact: Many Seniors Find Their Lives to Be More Independent in a Senior Living Community.
70% of residents and 75% of their family members are more likely to report a good quality of life versus those still living at home.
- The goal of senior living is to keep you as independent as your health allows you to be.
- You can bring your car! Driving is encouraged and parking is available.
- Transportation is available for shopping, appointments, doctor visits, trips, and more.
- You learn how to better care for yourself as you get older.
- You’re free to come and go as you please.
Myth: “Everyone Is Sick or Dying. It’s Depressing.”
Fact: Seniors Stay Healthier, More Active and Live Longer in Retirement Communities Than in a House.
44% of family members notice physical health improvements in their loved ones after they move to a senior living community.
- Many senior living communities have regular wellness and fitness programs to keep residents active and healthy.
- When help is needed Luther Manor has doctors, dentists, and specialists in-house!
Myth: “I’ll Have to Give up the Things I Love and My Favorite Hobbies.”
Fact: Not Only Will You Be Able to Continue Doing What You Love in Senior Living, but You’re Also Likely to Pick up New Interests.
64% of family members notice social well-being improvements in their loved ones after a move to senior living.