A first hand account of transitioning to an independent senior living community
One late summer's day my daughter, my daughter-in-law, and I set out to find a new home for me. Towards the end of that day we visited a white, multi-balconied structure that sat sprawled on a bluff in the Oakwood Hills
As we entered this building, we were awe-struck by the towering three story sky-lit atrium, with its lovely chandelier, beckoning staircase leading to the second floor, and plush seating areas which invited us in to sit a spell. A personally guided tour of the premises and an overview of the amenities
offered made our decision easy.
Move-in day came and by nightfall I was comfortably ensconced in my new apartment.
In the days that followed, I participated in multiple activities
and found them to be an important aspect in my social life. The day trips that were offered kept me connected to the wider world. Mealtimes, thrice daily and snack-time, anytime, put the proverbial icing on the cake!
There was one situation that made me uncomfortable, one of my own making, I suppose. It was the question of where I should sit at mealtimes. I knew the choice was mine, but in my choice, was I usurping someone's preferred or favorite place? Coming in as a new resident I did not want to upset anything. To help me settle my question I became a "table-hopper" (my expression) coming to the dining room at the last minute and seating myself at any open spot. I now realize that I am wealthier for this as I have met and can enjoy the rich and varied life experiences of our residents.
Yes, I'm happy to be an Oakwood Hills
citizen. May others feel as fortunate as I am to call this place home!
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