DO YOUR OWN PUSHING
Nobody likes being told what to do, which is all the more reason to explore your own future living options today.
“There was no push of any kind from anybody to come here. It was totally my idea. And you know you always like something better if it’s our idea.” – Barbara Redmond, resident of The Fountains at Bronson Place
MEET BARBARA REDMOND WHO TRADED HER BEAUTIFUL HOME ON WOODS LAKE FOR A LIFESTYLE SHE ABSOLUTELY LOVES.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Barbara Redmond on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Barb divides her time between Michigan and Florida and since she’s away from The Fountains more than 90 days a year, she receives half credit on her rent. When she’s home, she enjoys flexible dining whether it be cooking for herself, dining out, or with neighbors downstairs. When she leaves, she just locks and leaves her apartment with no maintenance or security worries. Barb still plays Bridge with all her old friends, but at The Fountains, she has so much more: Moroccan cooking classes, Catholic Mass, Line Dancing, Tablet Basics, popcorn parties, barbecues on the patio… It adds up to a lifestyle she says she wishes for everybody.
PLAN YOUR BEST FUTURE, NO KIDDING
If you leave your future to chance, you risk losing the ability to call your own shots. Barb Redmond was lucky in that she followed in her own mother’s footsteps. She’d seen how well her mother thrived in a retirement community and wanted that for herself. If you have no experience with retirement communities, visit some now and get to know what they’re all about. “And my own mother lived here for 11 years. And she died at 101. And so she experienced independent for the most part, a couple of years for assisted and about three days in the hospice. And we, my brother and I who were constant, constant visitors and advocates here were very, very pleased. It was a positive experience and we used to kid her and say, ‘Mom, someday we are going to be here also.’” – Barbara Redmond
STOP THE INSANITY
Barb loved her home on Woods Lake but after 40 years the upkeep just became too much. “I have a condo on Siesta Key and when I came home that year, no health problems, nothing, but it just seemed like oh my goodness, there were branches on the roof, there were limbs in the yard, there were flowers waiting to be planted. The driveway, which is a sloped driveway, needed to be blown out and then I looked at my dock and I looked at my deck and I looked at my porch. And while I had all the help I wanted, it just seemed like, ‘Oh my goodness this is a lot. Why am I doing this?’” – Barbara Redmond
MOVE BEFORE YOU HAVE TO
Barb recommends moving before you have to, like she did. She was 81 when she moved into her completely renovated, fully customized double apartment. Now, every time she comes home from Florida she enjoys happy reunions with friends and gets right back into her fun social life. “If you wait until you’re like a recluse you’re not going to be happy anywhere. And maybe if you would have come just three, four or five years earlier it would have made a big difference because you would have gotten acquainted.” – Barbara Redmond
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Barbara over a drink in the dining room or cappuccino in the Market Café. Just call 1-866-475-5068 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.