We watched Glenbrooke being built and knew right away that we would be selling our home to enjoy our retirement here. We have been here since 2003 and we will continue living here. Glenbrooke’s staff is second to none and they have become our family. Our friends that live here at Glenbrooke are also more like family. We enjoy the activities and lifestyle that Glenbrooke offers and truly believe there is not a better place to live out our retirement!
“The Talk” is Different Now That You are Grown Back
Stop and remember for a second when you were growing up and as you were playing you would see your parents cleaning the house and mowing the yard. They took such pride in their home. They built a home that was safe for their children and that would carry such great memories for them of the lives you all shared. Now… You are telling your parent that they must leave the safety of this home and those memories to move into a strange new place with other people their age. This is NOT an easy feat. There is hope though! Here are a few tips to help you have the talk.
There is a control issue at stake here. Keep in mind that they may feel that they are not in control of many things at this point in their life. It isn’t an easy transition so tread lightly when bringing it up. Make sure you focus on the positives of moving.
You only have to cook if you want to – assisted living facilities have chef prepared meals every day
You get to make new friends and they are not far so you don’t have to try and get a ride or wait for the bus. You will all live in the same community. There are gardens and walking paths as well as activity rooms.
You don’t have to be bored all the time or only have television shows as an option for entertainment. Assisted Living facilities have planned resident events, socials and activities. They even have craft rooms and libraries for your enjoyment!
You don’t have to be worried if something happens to you in the middle of the night (or day). Assisted Livings have 24 hour staffing and on site nurses. 24-Hour emergency response in the apartment homes will make it so much easier for you to get help quickly if you need it.
You don’t have to take care of your yard or even cleaning your home all the time. You can actually enjoy your days because they have weekly housekeeping and weekly flat linen & towel service. They maintain all landscaping and keep it beautiful.
You won’t have to wait for the weekends to go swimming because your child has to work during the week. Some assisted living facilities have heated swimming pools and fitness centers designed for active senior adults.
You aren’t going to lose your puppy or kitty. Some assisted living facilities are pet friendly.
If you automatically focus on the positive side of what matters to them, it will ease their nerves about it. Be prepared however to have examples of things that they may have experienced that will show they may need the Assisted Living community more than they think. It is hard to admit we need help but in the long run, they will thank you for it. It will change their lives for the better!
As a widower, I felt extremely lonely and disconnected in my neighborhood and home. My friend introduced me to the idea of retirement living in an independent retirement community. I looked at several in Brevard County, but none had the sense of family or friendliness that Glenbrooke has. I’m here at Glenbrooke to stay!
I waited too long to make the move to Glenbrooke. I visited many times and told several of my friends to move, but couldn't seem to brave it for myself. The staff at Glenbrooke never gave up on me, and even helped to see me through the selling of my home and assisted with all the arrangements to make the move! I now feel that I have regained my zest for life and am proud to say that I have found the person I enjoy spending all my time with. I would have never had such an opportunity staying in my house. I am truly at home here!
My husband and I selected Glenbrooke as our home of choice to enhance our retirement lifestyle, but never thought about what Glenbrooke would offer if either of us passed away. After his passing, our children asked me to move closer to them. Even with my limited vision, I am able to maintain an independent, active, vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle. The staff is always available to meet any wants or needs that I may have, and they always do it with a smile and a hug.
Moving to Glenbrooke is the best decision I have ever made. I feel safe, secure and completely at home. My friends and family who come to visit can’t believe that my apartment is so spacious and beautiful! They are always complimenting me on my home and I never get tired of hearing the words “what a nice apartment”. The friends and family I have gained since moving here have definitely helped fill a void in my life, and I have peace of mind everyday knowing I have the freedom to engage as much or as little as I want.
I LOVE Living at Glenbrooke! They truly care about us. We asked for a change to the food and it was done quickly and is delicious. Thank you, Glenbrooke for taking such great care of us and making sure we are happy residents.