Group Of Seniors Enjoying Fitness Class In senior living facility

April 22, 2024

Senior Living Myths Debunked

Is it hard to manage everyday jobs around the house on your own because of advanced age or health issues? Your frustration could lead to feelings of isolation and even safety concerns, eventually prompting you to seek assistance and support from a senior living community. But with so much info out there, what do you believe?

As people age, the decision to transition to senior living often comes with its fair share of misconceptions and myths. That can be scary! These misunderstandings can lead to unnecessary anxiety and a reluctance to accept that help is needed. 

In this blog, we aim to debunk some of the most common myths surrounding senior living, providing clarity and insight into the needs of older adults in Quincy, Illinois. By dispelling these myths, we hope to empower you and your loved ones to make informed decisions about your future living arrangements.

Myth: Senior Living Means Loss of Independence

Reality: You’ll GAIN BACK Your Independence

Senior living communities are designed to empower residents to live life to the fullest while receiving the support they need to maintain independence and autonomy. Whether you need minimal assistance or more comprehensive care, senior living at Sunset will provide a supportive environment where you can thrive and enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle.

  • We offer assistance with activities like bathing, dressing, and medication management, allowing you to maintain independence in other aspects of your life.
  • Sunset provides a range of amenities and services, including dining options, housekeeping, transportation, and maintenance, to make your life easier and more convenient.
  • Our social activities and programs promote engagement and connection among residents. You can participate in group outings, events, and more while building friendships and maintaining an active social life.
  • Our wellness programs and activities help Sunset residents stay active and healthy. Low-impact exercise routines and health-promoting activities can enhance physical and mental well-being, supporting independence and overall quality of life.
  • Our residents have emergency call systems, 24-hour staff availability, and secure entryways. These safety features provide peace of mind and also support your independence.

Myth: Senior Living is Expensive

Reality: You Have Financial Options

While the cost of senior living varies depending on location and level of care, there are options available for your budget. Our Social Services Coordinator Jeni Yaeger can help you explore Sunset’s pricing plans and financial assistance programs to make senior living more accessible.

Myth: Senior Living is Boring

Reality: The Possibilities are Endless

On the contrary, senior living communities like Sunset offer a vibrant and engaging environment with activities, events, and amenities to cater to your interests and preferences. From fitness classes and cultural outings to social gatherings and educational programs, there’s always something exciting happening at Sunset. Our residents have access to services in our main building for daily meals, activities, a computer lab, the beauty/barber shop, and much more. 

We understand the importance of nurturing the spiritual well-being of our residents, too. That’s why we offer a variety of worship services right here on-site, providing opportunities for residents to connect with their faith and engage in meaningful spiritual practices. Our community welcomes residents of all faith backgrounds, and we strive to create an inclusive and supportive environment where everyone feels comfortable expressing their beliefs. Learn more about Sunset Home’s history with the United Methodist Church here.

Myth: Senior Living is Isolating

Reality: We Break Down Barriers

Sunset and other senior living communities build a sense of belonging and community by providing opportunities for residents to connect with peers, form friendships, and participate in group activities. Regular social events and outings at Sunset help combat feelings of isolation and promote warmth, inclusion, and belonging. With a full scope of care and services to accommodate each phase of life, our residents and their families are assured of loving, personal attention. 

Myth: Senior Living is Only for Those with Health Issues

Reality: There’s Something for Everyone

Some seniors require assistance with medical or personal care in their elder years, but many of our senior living residents are active, independent individuals looking to downsize and simplify their lives. We offer a range of services and amenities to accommodate varying levels of care needs.

For those who are fully independent or self-sufficient, Sunset provides a maintenance-free lifestyle in a social and engaging environment. Residents have the freedom to live life on their own terms, while participating in activities, games, religious services, parties, and more.

Clearing Up any Confusion

It’s important to separate fact from fiction when considering your senior living options. By debunking common myths and misconceptions, Sunset hopes to alleviate your concerns and provide a clearer understanding of what senior living truly entails. Ultimately, we offer a supportive and enriching environment where you can thrive, maintain independence, and enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle in your golden years.


Sunset’s beautiful eleven-acre campus at 418 Washington Street offers 132 licensed beds for health care services in the main building. The Villa complex, located just across the street from the main building, offers 16 condo-type apartments. Additionally, Sunset Apartments located at 301 North 8th Street offers independent living to seniors in a 92-unit apartment building.

Kindness and compassion have been a tradition at Sunset Senior Living for over 130 years. We believe in person-centered care, focusing on the specific needs of each individual while providing the amenities, safety, and privacy our residents want and deserve.

Don’t wait any longer to explore your senior living options and embrace the next chapter of your life. Reach out to us and schedule a personalized tour and learn more about our special community. Apply for admissions online or call 217-223-2636 today!