One of the most popular reasons people give when delaying a move to a Life Plan Community is: “I’m not ready…yet.” We often challenge people, in a friendly way, to define what that means. What aren’t you ready for? Or how will you know when you are ready? We know, many times, the real concern is the daunting task of downsizing and leaving their lifetime home of many years.
This past weekend, the northeast was pummeled with snow – some areas had nearly three feet! As of Monday morning, many people are still “snowed in.” They are at the mercy of their local towns, and sometimes condo associations, to plow their roads and driveways to free them from their unwelcome home confinement. These are the times when people start thinking….”maybe I am ready to make a move.” Here at Meadowood, we had staff working ’round the clock to make sure our residents could move around the campus safely and have minimal interruptions to normal daily life. Storm preparations began a week ago. Our dining staff ensured that residents had plenty of food, offering take-out options to stock up for the times when the blizzard made it unsafe to go outdoors. Our residents living in our apartments were able to walk to the community center completely indoors. We made sure our residents had peace of mind, knowing they would not be stranded for days waiting for someone to dig them out.
When asked, the top reasons people choose to make a move to a Life Plan Community are: 1. upkeep of a home (including snow shoveling!) 2. social 3. future planning and security. Once people make a move to our community, we often here, “I should’ve done this years ago!” We couldn’t agree more!