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There is no shortage of misconceptions about assisted-living and long-term care communities. Most of the public’s concerns would be alleviated if by visiting one of these communities and talking to people living there. In this blog article, we will address some of the common misconceptions.


Life in an assisted-living community is not boring. There is always a full calendar of daily activities to suit everyone’s taste. In addition, there are staff members who are dedicated to organizing these activities. There are internal and external activities planned, and if the activity is outside the community, then transportation is arranged for the residents. One of the great advantages of an assisted-living community is the fellowship and relationships between residents that are fostered and encouraged through group activities and living with others that you have a lot in common with.


Food is another misconception. The food is great! There are professionally trained chefs who prepare and plan for nutritious and appetizing meals. However, each unit also has a small kitchen, so residents are completely free to have some meals in their own space if they prefer. The advantages of eating together with other residents are that someone else is doing the food preparation so you don’t have to, and eating becomes a social experience. Why eat alone if you can have the company of others?


Another misconception is regarding economics. If you do the calculations of everything offered at an assisted-living community, you will find that it is very affordable and cheaper than if you were organizing everything offered, yourself at your former place of residence.

The biggest advantage of assisted-living and long-term care communities is the stress reduction for seniors. If you live in one of these communities, there are always staff around, 24/7, if needed. Meals and activities are planned and arranged, and no one has to feel alone because there is a social atmosphere as part of the experience.


The Hamlets at Westsyde is a long-term care and assisted-living community in Kamloops, BC, Canada. With a full range of services, and compassionate care based on the tenets of Christianity, The Hamlets at Westsyde helps seniors live a fulfilling life. 

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about our community in Kamloops, please call us at (250) 579-9061.

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