Brumall, Nancy

Feb 29, 2016

By:  Tom Bedwell

Oak Pointe Resident Dispels Myths of Senior Living

When Nancy Brummall moved to Oak Pointe of Richmond in October 2015, it wasn’t because of she had to, but, rather, it’s what she wanted. Nancy is 87 and still actively involved in the community as a volunteer with the Daughters of the American Revolution and as the program chair for the local hospital auxiliary. Nancy loves her volunteer work and wished she had more time to be able to serve others. She found that her move to Oak Pointe provided her much more freedom and time to volunteer while also helping to increase her social activity.

“There’s nothing not to like,” said Brummall. “I enjoy having freedom from chores, cooking and laundry so I can do other things that make me happy.”

Brummall is one of several Oak Pointe residents who are dispelling the myths long associated with senior living communities. At one time, senior living was only thought of as a last resort for an aging population that needed help with daily care or medical attention. Today, seniors who are still active, healthy and independent are making the move to senior living well before their “time” because of the freedom and companionship they gain from the community.

Erin Winstead, executive director of Oak Pointe of Richmond, says, “We really hope to change the perception that senior living communities are only for “old people in poor health”.  In fact, most of our residents at Oak Pointe chose to move here because they were ready to downsize, leave the chores behind or they were looking for more social activity. The lifestyle of senior living communities could be compared to that of a cruise. There are lots of activities and you get to choose how to spend your time.”

Common myths of assisted living communities:

    • I will lose my independence.

In fact, most seniors find that they are more active because of a multitude of social activities such as yoga, cards, craft and hobby rooms, and movies offered within the communities. Also, many senior living communities often provide transportation for seniors to get out an enjoy arts, theater and other entertainment in the communities where they reside.

    • I’m too young to move to a senior living home.”

Statistics show that seniors who move to retirement homes add years to their lives because they are more engaged, happy and active, and have the company of their peers.

    • I can’t afford to live in a senior home.”

The cost of owning a home and maintaining it can add up each month. Utilities, taxes, repairs and lawn and garden are just a few of the ongoing costs associated with homeownership. Senior living homes typically cover all of this in a monthly fee, plus meals, activities, entertainment and more.

    • Senior living is for people who can’t take care of themselves.”

This statement used to be fairly accurate when nursing homes were the only choice. Senior living communities have evolved into so much more and even provide seniors the ability to age in place so that they have the care when it’s needed.

    • “I will have to give up my pet.”

Many senior living communities encourage residents to bring their pets because they know they are part of the family. Studies show that companion animals help with physical and mental health. Not only do pets provide friendship for the owner, but they also create opportunities for seniors to interact with other pet-lovers. The pets are sure to benefit too from the caring and nurturing environment of a senior living community!

“If you really want to know what it’s like to live in a senior living community, I encourage you to visit and talk with the people who live there,” said Winstead. “You’ll likely find that they too had the same perceptions and concerns about living at a senior home, but now can’t imagine living anywhere else.”

Located at 403 Crispin Street in Richmond, Missouri, Oak Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Care offers private rental apartments and a variety of services. At Oak Pointe, support, relationships and comfort come together, creating a community that residents proudly call home.

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