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Unmasking Misconceptions in Senior Living and Affordability


It’s not uncommon for us to hear from residents that they wish they’d made the move to one of our MBK communities sooner. The fact is the majority of seniors who move to a senior living community relish in the connectivity, support and resort-style amenities that allow them to live a lifestyle they love, with the comfort of knowing supportive healthcare services are there when and if they need them.

So what’s preventing them from coming sooner? Often, more than not, it’s an incorrect perception of senior living life. One that is framed by ideas that senior living communities are restrictive and institutional. Another is a feeling that they simply cannot afford senior living. However, those perceptions are rarely true.

Residents and family members often write us to say how they find MBK communities to be warm, welcoming, engaging and full of activities and ways for seniors to live a full and active lifestyle.

“My parents have been living at The Commons at Dallas Ranch for just under a year and really love it. The facility is one of the nicest communities we have come across,” wrote Donna-Lisa, a resident’s daughter. “The Commons also provides my parents with the opportunity for a wonderful social environment and they have made many new friends there.”

Laurie, the daughter of one of our Chancellor Gardens residents wrote, “My father has been in Chancellor Gardens for almost 3 years now. The place is immaculate, and the staff is unbelievable; they are really good. They know everybody’s name. They have activities going on all the time.”

And when it comes to affording senior living, many seniors find that communities consolidate expenses they were already spending into one convenient monthly fee, and offer numerous on-site resort-style amenities and services that may have not previously fit into their budget.

“When prospective residents start adding up the cost of home maintenance and repairs, housekeeping, groceries and dining out, entertainment and cultural outings, fitness clubs and pool memberships, and all the etcetera’s, many find they were spending the equivalent or even more than monthly cost to live in a MBK community,” said Robin Craig, Corporate Director of Marketing.

“By moving to a senior living community, not only do they maintain the lifestyle they love, they are afforded much, much more, said Craig. “Here, in addition to private residences, restaurant-style dining, a full calendar of social, recreational and cultural activities, philanthropic and community service opportunities, residents take comfort in 24-hour security, scheduled transportation, and easy access to on-site supportive health and wellness services.”

The bottom line is that living at home isn’t free – and may not allow the luxuries available as part of monthly fees in most retirement communities. Plus, there are a variety of programs and resources that residents can tap into to make senior living possible.

To learn more about the ways you can afford senior living and care, check out this article from the American Seniors Housing Association “Where You Live Matters” web site Paying for Senior Care; or visit an MBK Senior Living community and speak with a sales and marketing representative.

You may find senior living options are within reach – and like our residents, wish you had moved in sooner!

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