Your life is your story. And as you age, you can proudly say you’ve led an interesting, and event-filled life. In fact, when we talk to people who live in retirement communities, we find that most are excited to share their stories and the legacies they’ve built.
Eleven years ago, Jackie Sue and husband David Johnson, happily moved into a Sequoia Living Life Plan Community as active independent living residents. Over the years, the couple has enjoyed a plethora of activities, events and outings made possible to residents. Jackie explains, “during this time, David was having so much fun, he often referred to the community as ‘party on the hill.’”
Sequoia Living’s four Bay Area Life Plan Communities, or sometimes referred to as continuing care retirement communities (CCRC’s), seek to create stimulating, engaging living environments and provide services for healthy and joyful aging. For many retirees and their families, a Life Plan Community provides peace of mind knowing that all levels of care – including independent living, assisted living and memory care – are available when needed.
Jackie, 86, and David, 96, intentionally chose to be prepared for their future care needs, and that preparation has paid off. “We moved to Sequoia Living because we would need more resources and we don’t want to be dependent on our children,” said Jackie. “Since I’ve been here, I’ve had two knee surgeries and the health center was wonderful during recovery – all your needs are met at Sequoia Living.”
They understood day-to-day activities could become more difficult as they age, and knew a Life Plan Community would provide the services necessary to remain together, in sickness and in health. “David’s move into the Health Center was seamless as he already knew the staff and the other residents,” said Jackie.
After more than a decade, Jackie and David continue to spend most of their days together throughout the community enjoying outings and meals together. Jackie, an engaged caregiver to her husband, can be a supportive wife while continuing to do the things she enjoys, like volunteering in the gift shop.
Whether considering a move to take place now or in the future, it’s never too soon to be informed about your choices. For some couples, a Life Plan Community may prove to be the perfect option in senior living over modifying an existing home.