Tips on 10 Common Myths About Senior Living


Most of us have our own ideas about what senior living communities are like. Many believe that “senior living community” is interchangeable with the term “nursing home,” but they are in fact two very different options for older adults. Senior living today focuses greatly on the ideal senior lifestyle and offer seniors so much more than simply age-related support.

Myth #1 – Senior Living Communities Feel Institutionalized.
Reality – In reality, senior living communities are often homelike, comfortable and more closely resemble a resort than a hospital. At Tuscan Gardens® of Venetia Bay, the community is designed for sprezzatura – a culture of effortless elegance. The furnishings are comfortable, the decorations beautiful, the grounds lush and the windows high for as much natural light as possible.

Myth #2 – These Communities Are for “Old” People.
Reality – While most residents range from age 55 through their nineties, you’ll find that the majority of independent – and even assisted – living residents don’t meet the stereotypical expectations of “old and decrepit.” Senior living communities are designed for active older adults who still have a lust and zest for life.

Myth #3 – I’ll Lose My Independence at a Senior Living Community.
Reality – While you may no longer own your own home, life at a senior living community can be as independent as you want it. Residents aren’t limited to where they can go or what they can do. In fact, many seniors find that letting go of the responsibilities of homeownership allows them the freedom to finally live the way they’ve always wanted to!

Myth #4 – I’ll Have to Give Up My Favorite Hobbies.
Reality – Actually, the opposite is true! Without the time-consuming tasks of home- upkeep, you’ll have nothing but time to spend on the things you love to do. Additionally, you’ll have the chance to try new things and discover new hobbies.

Myth #5 – Paying for Senior Living Is More Expensive Than Living at Home.                   Reality – While cost varies depending on apartment size or levels of care, the average cost of senior living is often comparable or even less than receiving the same services and support at home. Even for those who have paid off their mortgage, homeownership is still costly. Consider insurance, taxes, upkeep and repairs, utilities, emergency expenses, etc. At a senior living community, everything is included in one convenient rate.

Myth #6 – I Won’t Be Able to See My Friends as Frequently.
Reality – Just because your residence changes doesn’t mean your social life has to! Actually, many choose to move to a senior living community because they desire to have a rich social life. Both common areas and private suites graciously accommodate guests, family get-togethers, and even parties. Friends are always welcome to join in an activity or stop by for lunch or coffee.

Myth #7 – Meals Are Plain and Unappetizing.
Reality – One of the most overlooked benefits of senior living is the consistency of multiple nutritious meals each day, as well as the inclusion of venues for unlimited snacks and beverages. At Tuscan Gardens® of Venetia Bay, meals are prepared in our open, cozy Tuscan Kitchen, and seasonal menus are crafted and executed by our very own Tuscan Chef.

Myth #8 – I Won’t Have Any Privacy at a Community.
Reality – Residents have the choice of how much or how little time alone they want each day. Private suites are comfortable and accommodating, and when you do feel like socializing, all you have to do is step outside.

Myth #9 – I Won’t Be Able to Personalize My Space.
Reality – Most communities encourage residents to decorate their suites with personal items and pictures and bring along their own pieces of furniture if they wish. Downsizing to a smaller home can be a difficult task, but most senior living communities won’t make you sacrifice your style and taste in the process.

Myth #10 – I Shouldn’t Move Until I Need Help Taking Care of Myself.
Reality – Many seniors are making the choice to spend their healthy retirement years at a senior living community. Not only does community living come with convenience and a full, carefree lifestyle, but moving while you are still healthy allows you to stay in control of your choices. In addition, many independent living communities also have higher levels of care, including assisted living and memory care services, that established residents can take advantage of without the worry of moving again.

The Art of Living With Purpose, Passion & Joy®

At Tuscan Gardens® of Venetia Bay, we’ve mastered the art of living. We’ve perfected the balance of personalized support and an uplifting lifestyle, helping our residents experience independence, joy, and meaning every day.

Offering supported independent living, assisted living and memory care services for families in Venice, Florida, Tuscan Gardens® of Venetia Bay was founded with one simple, yet profound goal – to create a community worthy of our parents. In all we do, we are guided by the principles of family, culture, and engagement, working to represent the remarkable way of life our families deserve.

The essence of our community is made up not only of mere aesthetics but an artfully designed lifestyle to bring out the best of what each day has to offer. From dedicated care that respects residents’ individuality and dignity to a lifestyle that nurtures their love of life, Tuscan Gardens® was built to be more than just a residence, but a place to call home.

To learn more about our comfortable, elegant community, contact us today!