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Challenging the Nursing Home Narrative

The terms “nursing home,” “assisted living,” “skilled nursing” and “senior living” are often used interchangeably. However, this can lead to confusion and misunderstandings about what each type of care consists of. 

The “nursing home” narrative is exceptionally misleading, often with many misconceptions that paint all senior living communities with the same broad brush. The reality about senior living communities is much brighter, and in this article, we’ll challenge common myths about nursing homes.

Is a Senior Living Community a Nursing Home?

The short answer is: not necessarily. While senior living communities can include the skilled nursing care often associated with nursing homes, modern communities can accommodate older adults at many different stages of their retirement. 

These communities might include independent living for those who can manage their daily tasks, assisted living for those who want some assistance with day-to-day tasks and even memory care for older adults who require significant amounts of aid.

The Reality of Modern Senior Living Communities

Many people have a distorted view of what a nursing home is like. Today’s senior living communities offer a far more appealing environment. Seniors in a community like Friendship Village of Bloomington receive all the care they need, as they desire. However, they also have access to services and amenities that allow them to create a comfortable, stimulating and engaging lifestyle.

Inclusive Costs

In senior living communities, the cost typically covers a comprehensive range of services, such as meals, utilities, housekeeping, and health care services. This inclusive cost structure simplifies financial planning and reduces the stress of managing multiple bills. Financial planning is even more accessible in Life Care communities, where a full continuum of care supports the needs of a community member as they change over time.

On-Site Amenities and Services

Modern senior living communities offer a vibrant community life and a full array of on-site services and amenities designed to give community members opportunities to continue their personal growth throughout their retirement years. From programs designed to promote wellness to organized social events, there’s no shortage of activities to participate in as an active retirement community member.

Sophisticated Living Arrangements

Modern senior living communities provide spacious, well-designed private residence floor plans for comfort, style and privacy. Accessibility is also taken into consideration to facilitate easier daily life. The aim is to create a homey environment that encourages independence while ensuring safety and support when needed. From landscaping to housekeeping, residents are able to leave many of the most tedious daily tasks behind.

Change Your Perception of Senior Living in Bloomington, Minnesota

Old “nursing home” stereotypes no longer fit the reality of a modern senior living community. Today’s retirement communities offer diverse living arrangements, comprehensive care and fulfilling lifestyle activities.

We invite you to visit Friendship Village of Bloomington to see what an ideal retirement community looks like. Our senior living community in Bloomington, Minnesota, offers amenities and services to give you the retirement experience you’ve always dreamed of. 

Contact us today to learn more about how we’re leading the way in creating an environment designed to help seniors thrive in their golden years.

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