As human beings, we can’t help but listen to the opinions of others, especially when we’re trying to make a difficult and life-changing decision. If you’re trying to decide whether to move to an Orlando senior living community or age in place, it is important to do your research and really think about which option is best for you and your loved ones. During this time of uncertainty, here are 3 myths that need to be cleared up so that you have the correct information:
- 1. All of your senior living options are pretty much the same. There is absolutely no way that this is true! There are communities for every budget, yes, but they are not all created equal. There are living communities with basic care and amenities, as well as more luxurious options. And even within these options, there are different style homes available in the communities according to your lifestyle, needs and budget. The first step in your process should be to pick a city you want to live in. Within that city, a family member can help you arrange visits to determine your options. Luxury senior living is not just for the wealthy, there is no reason for you not to be in a comfortable and exciting place during your golden years.
- 2. Entering a senior living community actually speeds up the end of someone’s life. Several new studies show that not only does a move to an assisted living community not hasten a resident’s demise, but also it can actually ensure a greater quality of life. Seniors need round the clock access to medical care, personal assistance, medication management, good nutrition catered to their specific needs, opportunities for mental and physical activity, as well as opportunities to make friends and socialize. These are not things that can always be guaranteed if they’re living alone or with a family member. However, if they are at an assisted living community, that is something they can always count on…no matter what.
- 3. You Have to Be Extremely Poor or Extremely Rich to Live In an Assisted Living Community. Assisted living communities have been consciously created by senior housing developers to be very affordable for middle-class consumers. Like we said before, each community varies, but the average cost for one of the more luxurious communities might be between $4200 and $6200 monthly. This may seem like a steep price before you factor in expenses made when living at home such as: rent/mortgage payments, property taxes/homeowners insurance, utilities (electricity, heating oil or propane, water), trash pickup, cable, phone and internet service, home maintenance costs (lawn care, snow removal, tree care, routine and major repairs to the home and appliances), car maintenance, food and cleaning supplies. Additionally, new costs will arise as one ages such as: outside help with laundry, housekeeping, home upkeep and meal preparation, real-time monitoring devices and medical equipment, home health care, and transportation for medical appointments. Keeping track of all of those expenses will not only make your head spin, but take a toll on your wallet. A flat monthly rate to cover all of that and more will benefit your savings, as well as give you & your loved ones peace of mind.
If you’re ready to relocate to Orlando and begin a new chapter in your long and prosperous life, contact Oakmonte Village today at 407-732-5800 to schedule a tour of our luxury senior living community.