5 Myths About Senior Housing Debunked

Posted by Origin Active Lifestyle Communities on November 15, 2021 | 4 minute read

Myths About Senior Housing

Retirement living in Canada can mean more time for family, new hobbies, or travel. But, unfortunately, there are myths about senior living communities that lead individuals away from the longevity and freedom retirement homes can provide.

As an active senior living community provider, we know the benefits senior housing can have for older adults and families. However, if you or someone you know is hesitant about making the change, keep reading as we debunk some of the most common misconceptions about retirement living so you can make the best decision for yourself and your family. 

Myth #1: Senior Housing Food is Boring 

False! At Origin, one of our proudest offerings is the high-quality cuisine that our Origin Communities serve. Our goal is to consistently provide community members, families, and guests with the healthiest and tastiest menu options available. Origin chefs take this to heart and are passionate about bringing memorable and creative dining experiences, such as special events and unique themed meals. 


Myth #2: Community Living Costs Too Much

Aging in place may sound like a great way to save money, but you would be surprised by the hidden costs it can bring. For example, as we age, our health may have different plans than we hope for, which may lead to home renovations or equipment that promote safety and accommodate changing needs. Add to that the costs associated with homeownership, such as utilities, bills, maintenance, and upkeep.

Fortunately, senior living communities handle mowing the lawn and replacing broken appliances, so that community members can focus on their health and wellness. Our Origin communities take it a step further by offering engaging life enrichment programs, our on-site Evergreen Salon and Spa™, and first-class care.

If you’re unsure whether a retirement home in Canada is right for you or your family, try calculating it yourself, and our team can help you along the way! 

Myth #3: Residents Lose Their Independence 

Today’s retirement homes throughout Canada are vibrant, and Origin Active Lifestyle Communities are all about choice. With team members who are constantly innovating the best fitness classes, social events, holiday parties, happy hours, tourism trips, and more, your life will be busier than ever. 

In addition, it is our goal to support your independence longer. Our senior living care and lifestyle options are designed to foster independence, not limit it. We provide the right level of care and support so our community members can continue leading active lives

Myth #4: Senior Housing Doesn’t Feel Like Home 

As Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern once said, “I’ve learned that home isn't a place; it’s a feeling.” At Origin, beyond providing exceptional care, our mission is to create environments and neighbourhoods that focus on comfort, connection, and engagement. We want individuals and families to feel at home as soon as they walk through our doors.

We also encourage community members to decorate their suites. Whether you have memorable pieces you’ve collected or a specific item you’ve been eyeing, your home is all yours to decorate how you please. Plus, unlike some retirement homes in Canada, all of our communities welcome your furry family members into residences with open arms. 

Myth #5: Health & Wellness Decline in Senior Living

The myth that older adults will age “quicker” in a seniors community couldn’t be further from the truth. Senior living communities are designed to help older adults stay active and engaged, promote safety, manage health conditions, and so much more.

At Origin, our communities are designed by industry experts whose goal is to increase the quality and longevity of life through active lifestyles. From holistic wellness programs proven to increase sense of well-being and health to purposefully designed suites to promote safety and fall prevention to 24-hour around-the-clock staff, Origin communities are the best places to keep you or your loved one healthier, longer. 

We know that choosing to move to a senior living community is a significant decision. Addressing safety, health, and wellness concerns is an important step to finding a retirement home in Canada that feels right for you or someone you love. We encourage you to contact us or give us a call and learn more about the Origin Way.

Topics: Active Aging, Origin Communities