I love it when an older adult or a couple make the decision to RightSize into Senior Living because they are REALLY ready to retire. They don’t want to maintain their home anymore, they don’t want to have to cook, and they want to be around others their age to have easy access to fun activities and socialization.
Unfortunately, sometimes RightSizing into senior living happens because of health issues. Meet JoAnne, she moved into Assisted Living because she was struggling with the side of effects of having had a stroke. Her daughter and I worked to find a couple of communities that would meet her needs, and begrudgingly she selected one to move into. One of her top concerns was that she was able to bring her two best friends with her, her dog and her cat. I am happy to report that they came along for the journey.
I wish I could say that it was smooth sailing from there, but it wasn’t. The first four months were really hard for JoAnne and her daughter. She continued to have some health challenges and she wasn’t particularly happy with where she was at. I talked with Joanne’s daughter often encouraging her, and discussing options.
It has now been nine months, and Joanne is settled in, has made friends, and has found her groove in the garden of the community where she lives. Joanne is maintaining these flowers and some tomato plants. Look at that smile on her face, it really says it all.