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I mentioned this before, but now that we've moved our mother into a beautiful retirement community facility in Orlando, Florida, I thought it might be worth sharing with you.
Our mother is in her 90s and in reasonably good health. She has an apartment in the "independent living" facility. In the future, should it become necessary, she can be moved to "assisted living" or "nursing care."
Like many other older people, she was determined to be independent.
But that gradually came to mean being increasingly isolated and inactive in her old home.Regardless, it took quite a bit of convincing that moving into this facility was a good move for her... especially since this would be only her third move during her lifetime. But after seeing the facility and meeting the staff and many residents, she became enthusiastic about the idea.
It took several months to sell her home even though it was in a very desirable area. She got a little less than she wanted for her home, but we pointed out that it was enough to live on and we didn't need an inheritance based on her living alone during her last years. My wife and I had taken on the responsibility of managing all of the research, home sale, and contract with the retirement community. So, my younger brother spent a week handling the physical move. He returned last night... tired, but triumphant.`
When I spoke with her last, mother was excited about the Wii bowling schedule. She had tried it during a visit to Michigan and loved it... especially since she had to give up regular bowling a few years back.
This is a win-win for all involved. If I'm around in 20 years, I'll be looking into this for my wife and me.