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April 21, 2024

Dispelling Senior Living Myths

Category: Senior Living

Author: Dan Shields, Executive Director

Arrow Senior Living is known for doing things a little differently and challenging the status quo within the industry. It’s just who we are! Even with all the technological conveniences of today such as social media and websites, it is still common to meet individuals with a skewed perception of what senior living looks like. In this blog, I want to share my senior living journey, why I remain committed to the industry, the biggest myth I believe exists, and how to help others overcome the myths surrounding our beautiful Wildwood Senior Living community and services.

I embarked on my journey in senior living driven by a passion for aiding others. Upon earning a degree in long term health care administration, I actively pursued opportunities to learn from seasoned industry professionals. While aiming to delve deeper into high acuity care, a senior living opportunity unexpectedly presented itself. This prompted me to contemplate leading a senior living community that provides a full continuum of care.

The fulfillment I experience every day stems from positively impacting the lives of residents and staff in the community. Witnessing the joy on residents’ faces during meaningful events and hearing their stories from the past ignites my passion. At The Wildwood, there’s a sense of belonging where everyone collaborates towards the common goal of enhancing quality of life.

Embracing Independence: Debunking Myths About Senior Living

One of the most pervasive myths about senior living is the notion that it strips individuals of their independence and autonomy. Senior living communities are crafted to foster independence while offering essential support and amenities. Many residents discover they have more freedom and opportunities for social interaction compared to living alone. It’s about nurturing a dynamic and enriching lifestyle tailored to each resident’s needs and preferences.

To dispel the myth of lost independence in senior living, we prioritize transparent communication and personalized experiences. We showcase the vibrant lifestyle and abundant independence opportunities within our community. Emphasizing our resident-centered approach, we underscore individuals’ ability to maintain control over their daily routines while accessing support services tailored to their requirements. Furthermore, we encourage open dialogue through various channels and directly address any concerns or misconceptions.

Three senior women with baskets of candy, smiling outside on a sunny day, ready to give out treats to trick or treaters.

I hope you found this helpful, and I encourage you to share it with others because here at Arrow, we are committed to reshaping the perception of senior living! Search #whatseniorlivinglookslike, and you will find so many great things that happen in our community every single day.

The Wildwood Senior Living in Joplin, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Freeman Health System and Mercy Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Twin Hills Country Club, Northpark Mall, Grand Falls, Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center – National Audubon Society, Spiva Center for the Arts, and George Washington Carver National Monument.

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