What is assisted living? At senior living communities like Sopris Lodge at Carbondale, assisted living provides residents with lifestyle options designed to help them thrive independently, along with access to safe, comfortable surroundings, a supportive environment of friendly peers and caring team members, healthy, chef-prepared meals, and a schedule of stimulating events and activities. Let’s take some common misconceptions about assisted living and debunk them one by one.
Myth #1: I’ll lose my independence
Assisted living residents do not need around-the-clock help, but at many senior living communities, services and amenities are available, if needed, to ensure residents enjoy a simplified, maintenance-free lifestyle. Sopris Lodge offers 23 private assisted living residences with access to household services for every need, including housekeeping, maintenance, laundry and concierge services. Residents who prefer a break or need help with cooking, have access to three nutritious, gourmet meals daily, served restaurant-style in our dining room. We also offer scheduled transportation to nearby points of interest and appointments so residents can venture off campus when desired.
Myth #2: Assisted living = nursing home
The hassle-free lifestyle of assisted living allows residents more time, energy and freedom to exercise their independence and pursue the activities and interests they love. Most senior living communities, including Sopris Lodge, offer a range of daily activities, such as exercise and cooking classes, game and movie nights, informational presentations, trips to local attractions and other programs and activities. Sopris Lodge has an array of campus amenities, including a fitness room, library and media center. Residents also enjoy our putting green, greenhouse, hot tub, courtyard, patios and outdoor dining area.
Myth #3: I can’t enjoy my favorite hobbies
Engaging on social media is an effective way for seniors to feel more connected to the world and maintain a sense of purpose. Social media campaigns can catalyze political and social movements around issues, like prescription drug costs, racism or climate change. And using YouTube or Nextdoor can help seniors feel personally involved and provide a way to engage with issues that matter to them.
Myth #4: I’ll be lonely
Assisted living residents have access to communal spaces that encourage socialization and residents are invited to join groups and campus clubs to help them meet people, including peers and service providers. At Sopris Lodge, we employ a full-time Life Enrichment Director and a Wellness Director, who organize our scheduled social events and activities, providing plenty of opportunities for residents to make new connections with friends and neighbors.