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Two Truths and a Lie About Independent Living Communities for Seniors
Elizabeth Bemis

By: Elizabeth Bemis on September 16th, 2022

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Two Truths and a Lie About Independent Living Communities for Seniors

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There’s an entertaining game often used for ice-breaking purposes in a social setting, and it’s commonly referred to as “Two Truths and a Lie.” In this game, each individual takes a turn telling the group two truths and one lie about themselves, and the group must guess which one is the lie. In the name of fun, we’re going to play a quick round of this game—only here, we’re applying the two truths and a lie to independent living communities for seniors.


From the following statements, take a guess which ones are truths and which one is the lie:


  • “An independent living community can be less expensive than living in your house.” 
  • “Living independently means living at home without any assistance.”
  • “Senior living communities support prolonged independence for seniors.”


Now read on to find out whether you’re correct.


“An independent living community can be less expensive than living in your house.”


This is actually true, and we’ll explain why.


Some seniors shy away from even thinking about the possibility of an independent living community because they assume it’s an expense they can’t afford. But the truth is living in a house alone can be financially demanding, even if the mortgage is paid off. There are bills that run the gamut from property taxes and insurance to utilities and home repairs. Each time something breaks or maintenance is required, you’re shelling out money you may not have budgeted for. 


Independent living communities are designed for seniors who can still take on most tasks associated with daily living, but desire access to assistance if it is ever needed. In these communities, seniors usually have access to amenities like dining options, medical assistance, activities and entertainment, in-home and yard maintenance, exercise programs, transportation, and more. Additional amenities like laundry and housekeeping services may come with an extra cost, but when tallying up all the expenses of remaining in a house alone, independent living may still be the more affordable choice.


So before eliminating the option of an independent living community based on financial reasons alone, be sure to do a complete comparison of all the costs associated with living in one’s current house versus moving to a senior living community.


“Living independently means living at home without any assistance.”


We’re calling this one out as the big lie. 


Many seniors cling to a strong belief that maintaining their independence is inextricably linked to staying in their current home, and so they take great pains to do so as long as possible—even if staying there means greater isolation, physical demands, and financial burdens. But personal independence is about freedom and choice. It’s about thriving (not just surviving!) at this unique stage in a senior’s life. So living independently does NOT have to equate to living alone without the benefit of valuable people and services. 


In fact, when seniors are left to manage burdensome responsibilities and activities on their own, and without essential support and human interaction for too long, they can become rather exhausted. It’s a form of exhaustion that can result in tangible impacts on their physical and mental health, which greatly diminishes one’s overall level of independence. Living alone, not eating properly, and not connecting with people or engaging in stimulating activities can actually speed up the process of becoming frail and dependent.


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“Senior living communities support prolonged independence for seniors.”


As you’ve probably deduced by now, this is a true statement.


Community living and personal independence actually go hand-in-hand. The ongoing availability of community and social interaction cultivates mental and physical health, which in turn enables seniors to live more independently—as opposed to requiring increased assistance with daily routines and activities. Essentially, it’s about living life more independently as a result of living among a community that helps you thrive.


And for those willing to embrace the kind of support that comes with living in an independent living community, they find that opening themselves up to this option gives them greater energy and enthusiasm for living an enriched and purposeful life—the very essence of independence. In a setting designed to promote independence, seniors not only maintain dignity and usefulness but also thrive in ways they might never have imagined.


Rest assured, this community life doesn’t mean you have to be around people all the time. When you require time and space to yourself, it’s there for the taking. But the larger community still exists, and it’s available for social interaction, human connection, and a sense of purpose when those needs must be met.


Finding the Right Independent Living Community for You 


If independent living is something you’re interested in exploring more, the best thing you can do is contact the communities in your desired location and tour the properties. Ask all of the questions on your mind, and get clarity on important elements like housing options, amenities, transition opportunities, financial realities, and more.


At United Methodist Homes, options like Wesley Heights Cottages offer complete independence in a manageable setting, paired with perks such as social opportunities, snow and trash removal, and access to a library, hair salon, and wellness center. In short, this kind of residential experience strikes a nice balance between the privacy and independence you desire and the undeniable advantages of community living. 


For additional tips on senior health and lifestyle issues, check out our blog. To find out how United Methodist Homes provides a wealth of offerings and opportunities to support the health and well-being of our residents, contact us today or schedule a complimentary visit now


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About Elizabeth Bemis

In 1998, I drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of United Methodist Homes and realized the next stop on my professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, I joined the team as Executive Director of our Middlewoods of Farmington community and later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting my current role as Vice President of Marketing, Promotions, and Assisted Living Operations. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking, and love working alongside our staff, residents, and families to build strong communities that reflect the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes.

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