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What Is a Nursing Home? Busting 6 Common Myths

The terms “nursing home” and “senior living community” are often used synonymously. This is understandable, as according to the National Institute on Aging, nursing homes are defined as communities designed for older adults that provide a wide range of health and personal care services. However, the outdated associations that many have with the term nursing home need to be put to rest. Today’s senior living communities offer modern, luxurious residences, resort-style services and amenities, and packed social calendars. 

Here are some common myths about the senior living experience and the truth behind them.  

Common Myth 1: “It’s a place for old people.”

Today’s seniors are healthier and more vibrant than ever (for longer!), and modern senior living communities have been built to cater to the needs of this dynamic group of people. Many senior communities start accepting residents as soon as age 55, with 62 being the most common age at which communities qualify as senior residences. With more opportunities to connect with others, less home maintenance and everyday stress, seniors have more time to savor what they enjoy and pursue their passions. 

Common Myth 2: “I (or my loved one) will live in isolation.”

Community living is actually one of the best cures for isolation and depression, which is shockingly common among older adults. As friends and family move on, a large family home can become isolating. At a senior living community, there are numerous ways to connect with other like-minded adults, to find a social club, enjoy a meal with a neighbor down the hall, or attend an on-site lecture or musical performance.  

Common Myth 3: “There’s no privacy.”

Senior living  residences provide plenty of privacy, as well as modern finishes and conveniences. Residents have the freedom to engage in community activities and events as much or as little as they wish. Best of all, in some levels of care, if assistance is ever required, it’s just the press of a button or a call away.  

Common Myth 4: “Care, cleanliness, and meals are substandard.”

Luxury senior living communities offer resort-style experiences, which includes the same high standards you’d expect from an upscale establishment. That means chef-inspired meals are always on the menu, and expectations for care and cleanliness are higher than ever. While these factors can certainly vary from community to community, the increasing competition has contributed to increasing standards. 

Common Myth 5: “There’s no freedom to do what you want.”

Residents at senior living communities have the freedom to come and go as they please. Parking spaces (and garages, for an additional fee) are usually provided for those who want to bring their own vehicles, but most also offer scheduled transportation services and group outings. Visitors and overnight guests are welcomed, and there are often pet-friendly policies that ensure that your best friend can move -in as well. 

Common Myth 6: “Senior living communities are all the same.”

The increasing number of older adults has led to a boom in senior living options. This has created a rise in the number of niche communities that cater to all types of situations and preferences. As you start your search for a senior living community, you may find that it’s harder to make your decision than you anticipated. Not because communities are all the same, but because each will offer so many amazing benefits.

Explore Care Options at Newcastle Place

Newcastle Place is a Life Care community, which features independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing residences perfect for vibrant, active adults, as well as supported living options for those who may need it. Community life empowers people to stay as engaged and connected as they wish. Here, there are numerous opportunities for personal exploration, wellness, and relaxation.   

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