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The Top 3 Assisted Living Myths | Monticello West

February 26, 2021

Assisted Living Myths

Don’t let myths about assisted living prevent you from finding the right Dallas-area senior living community! If you or your loved one could use a helping hand with day-to-day activities, a community like Monticello West might be the perfect fit for you. This article exposes the top three assisted living myths – and explains the facts behind this popular type of senior community.

3 Myths About Assisted Living

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Assisted Living Myth #1: It’s Just a Another Kind of Nursing Home.

Fact: Nothing could be further than the truth. Assisted living communities and nursing homes both provide long-term care. But their services and living arrangements are quite different.

Nursing homes and other skilled nursing facilities cater to seniors with chronic health issues. They offer close supervision along with round-the-clock care from medical professionals. The atmosphere in most nursing homes is closer to a hospital than a private home or assisted senior living community.

Because they care for those with greater needs and deliver more intensive medical care, skilled nursing homes also tend to cost more than assisted living facilities.

Assisted living communities like Monticello West provide more personal care than you would find in an independent living community, but more freedom, social engagement and life enrichment than in a nursing home.

At Monticello West, our caring, compassionate staff offers a helping hand when needed to ensure you or your loved one maintains the highest level of independence possible.

Located in the desired Park Cities area of Dallas, Texas, our assisted living facility features cozy studio senior living apartments with just the right balance of amenities and style.

Each of our Park Cities assisted living apartments feature a private bath and a kitchenette with sink, refrigerator/freezer and microwave in case you want to prepare a snack or meal.

But you never have to cook again if you don’t want to! Our all-inclusive rate includes three meals a day.

Our comfortable senior living studio apartments offer plenty of room for your favorite furniture and treasured keepsakes.

Assisted living staff helps with daily living activities, including:

  • Kind assistance with bathing, dressing, and grooming
  • Nurse on-site 24 hours a day
  • Medication management and reminders.
  • Weekly housekeeping service.
  • Personal laundry service.
  • Scheduled transportation to medical appointments.

The National Institutes of Health offers more information about different types of senior living facilities you may want to consider when choosing a home for yourself or a loved one.

Assisted Living Myth #2. Assisted Living Means Losing Your Independence.

Fact: The primary goal of assisted living is to maintain and enhance your sense of independence. Having caring staff at your call when you need them allows you to relax and focus on what matters most to you.

Living in a maintenance-free assisted living apartment, you no longer have to worry about cooking, cleaning, home upkeep, lawn care and other daily chores.

Assistance with bathing and dressing saves time, prevents falls and boosts self-esteem by helping you look your best.

With more free time, you can fill your life with what you love most. At Monticello West, you can choose from a variety of life-enriching programs offered at our Park Cities senior living community, including:

  • A full schedule of activities—7 days a week
  • Music, arts, and crafts programming
  • Spiritual programming
  • Exercise and fitness programs

Live life on your terms, with peace of mind from knowing you don’t have to do everything yourself. Caring help is always there if you need it.

Assisted Living Myth #3. I (or my Loved One) Will Regret Moving to an Assisted Living Community.

Fact: Although any change can be challenging, this assisted living myth boils down to fear of the unknown.

Once you move in, relax and get acquainted with your new neighbors, you might find you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!

After decades of building a career and taking care of your home, most residents at Monticello West enjoy relaxing and receiving compassionate, caring help.

Our assisted living community offers a reassuring balance of safety, freedom, chances to form new friendships, and opportunities to engage in hobbies and interests all located in the Park Cities area of Dallas.

Isolation and boredom are common issues facing seniors living in single family residences. According to the American Psychological Association, loneliness can wreak havoc on an individual’s physical, mental and cognitive health.

By offering opportunities to socialize and have fun with like-minded adults, assisted living communities like Monticello West keep residents from feeling alone.

“Assisted living communities can relieve some of the stress around an older adult living independently,” Dr. Tanya Gure, section chief of geriatrics and associate clinical professor in internal medicine at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, recently told US News & World Report.

At Monticello West, we offer scheduled programs such as music, arts and crafts, fitness classes, games, and to keep you live life to the fullest.

Most people need some help with daily living as they age. But it can feel awkward to ask family members, friends or neighbors for help.

In assisted living, staff are here around the clock. All you have to do is ask if you need help.

Once they settle in, most Monticello West residents wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!

Our boutique assisted living community in the Park Cities area of Dallas is a great option for seniors in Plano, Garland, Mesquite, and Richardson, Texas. Find out why! Take our virtual tour, and then call us at (214) 473-5842 to learn more.

 

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“Mom loves her apartment. It’s nicely painted and carpeted, and the size is perfect for her. She has a living room area with a full-size couch and chairs, so she can entertain guests. I visit a couple of times a week, and my husband swings by on other days. My son stops by every few weeks, too. Mom has her own space that looks and feels like home. Every time I’m there, she just seems contented. ”

-Cindy, Daughter of Resident

“The minute I entered the community I liked what I saw, but it didn’t stop there. I’ve visited other communities where the furniture was lovely in the main areas and when you proceeded down the hallways, it was a different scenario. But as we continued to look around at Monticello West, I thought: This is pleasant! ”

-Mary, Resident

“The staff is caring and genuine. From the beginning, we didn’t feel like we were being processed, date-stamped and handed off to the next person. The community must have an exceptional hiring process, because I have yet to find someone there who isn’t qualified, doesn’t respect me or that I don’t enjoy. The caregivers are polite, and perhaps most important, I trust them.”

-Susan, Daughter of Resident

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Whether you’re seeking an active, independent lifestyle in a spacious apartment, need a little help with daily activities, a place to recover successfully following an illness or injury, or a loved one requires personalized memory care, you’ll find the senior living services you need here in the Park Cities. Best of all, your loved ones will get the help they need in surroundings that feel like home.

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