So I followed my star successfully to a retirement community.
Outside it is fabulous: a vibrant, waterfront downtown with a myriad of amenities all within walking distance. WOW! Am I lucky or what?
Absolutely, yes! Grateful for many blessings.
Grateful despite the eyesores in view from my fourth floor studio apartment window. The view is of a busy street, a parking lot, and telephone poles connecting a bunch of wires. Fortunately, I can also see passersby jogging or strolling on the sidewalk beneath providing a visual diversion.
Inside it’s quiet. To liven things up I turn on my music and go about my work. I’m adjusting to living in a 300-square-foot cubicle as the minimalist I have become. It’s a bit of a cocoon shielding me from what’s happening outside my four walls in this retirement community heralded as a paradise for active retirees.
But is this a paradise? High ratings for friendliness, food and activities but, in the 30 days I’ve been here, there have been floods, fires and electrical malfunctions prompting me to see warning signals flash.
This experiment in alternative living arrangements may need to be reconsidered.
- Only one of two elevators was working when my movers arrived with my furniture. Working elevator broke down in the middle of my move. Move rescheduled and furniture remaining on the truck headed back to warehouse.
- Building flooded following a broken pipe and huge fans were placed in hallways a solid week to dry out before mold could set in. Filthy carpet remained uncleaned for nearly five weeks.
- Pipes have also burst twice in hall between buildings and residents were redirected outside to bypass the crumbling ceilings and walls. Announced as “a remodel.”
- Safety medallion to be worn around the neck not waterproof and will not work in shower. Also frequency does not work throughout the campus.
- Emergency pull cord did/does not work. Explained as a computer programming issue.
- Independent living residents not all capable of “independent” living. Two kitchen fires in 30 days.
- One fire started by a resident triggered the sprinkler system damaging multiple units. Residents were relocated while units are remodeled/restored and property damage ascertained.Water tested at highest level of contamination deeming the apartments unlivable.
- Only one of two elevators works. Staff has no answer on repair for the second. Covid pandemic raging and residents and outside contractors forced to pack into elevators like sardines.
- Housekeeping staff shares community laundry room with residents and washes/dries mops and rags in same appliances.
- Residents periodically stuck in elevator necessitating emergency assistance.
Paradise?! Florida sunshine sells but will this be enough to keep active retirees in such aging but well-located retirement communities?
What’re alternative lifestyles that make sense while we can still choose?
Please share your thoughts and ideas for us all to contemplate.
Meanwhile, I’m keeping my eyes open and fixed on my star to see when and where it moves. You can bet I’ll be close behind it and ready to follow!