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senior living: PRos to Know A Resident’s Perspective Sometimes you just need to hear from someone who's been there, to get the "inside scoop" on what it's really like to live in a senior living community. This letter was written by a real resident three years after moving to his new home. His story shows how planning was one of the best things he and his wife did for themselves - and for their family. We decided that we would walk together through the clubhouse entrance at 8:00 a.m. on July 31 as we had done three years ago when we were so eager, we couldn’t wait to get in to see the inside of the building and the apartment we hoped to call home for the rest of our lives. Moving here was something we wanted to do not just for ourselves but for our children, so they would never need to deal with concerns about their aging parents. Our children were glad for us: this was a place where they knew we would have every need met. When our then six-year-old grandson visited for the first time he asked, “Grandma, are you going to live in this hotel suite the rest of your lives?” The answer was “Yes, we are!” He replied, “Wow!” We felt that the monthly fee for the two of us was very comparable to what we had been spending in a private home, and we were getting a whole lot more. We’re eating more elegantly than we ever did on average. We began our lives in the Great Depression, and from the start we knew what it was to live economically. With good friends, We did like to have a very fine meal on occasion, but most of the time we ate and enjoyed rather simple meals. We have it really good here. We were getting to know each other better and it was good. We continue to grow in the community, knowing and accepting each other’s individuality. We often recall that we knew only a few of our former neighbors really Good as the food and economics may well. Here we have hundreds of good be, that’s not the best part. It’s the friends. people - friendly and genuine people, both residents and staff. The day we We have a vibrant community, lots of activities and lots of participation. moved in was, of course, unique. There is plenty of laughter and We were given a royal “Welcome enthusiasm here. After a water Home” by the assembled staff volleyball game, one of our many members. This was a warm, friendly good friends said, “I never thought group, who was eager to do anything I’d be playing volleyball at an old to help us get used to our new home. folks’ home.” This isn’t an old folks’ For our first meal that evening, we home; it’s a place where very active were ushered in ahead of everyone people are getting older with happy else, because we had been the first friends. We have a wealth of diverse through the front door that morning. expertise and there’s always someone When asked if we wanted to eat alone with knowledge ready to apply it to or with other people, we replied that any problem. We’re still learning to we would eat with other residents. use these resources. The process of There were six of us, Emile, Carol, moving past ‘’What can the staff do Jack, Ruth, my wife and me. We all for us?”to “How can we get organized sat at a single round table, attended to make good this happen?” isn’t by two nervous young waitresses easy. We appreciate the intellectual and, surrounded by a large number level of our residents, and there of staff members. It was a pleasant are many here who can challenge experience; we had choices just like us all to keep using our brains. We now. The meal probably went slowly; have many opportunities to stretch we had a lot to talk about as we ate. ourselves and learn new things. Here Time wasn’t important to anyone. In we can exercise our minds as well as fact, for weeks we would spend close our bodies. to two hours each evening at dinner. ~ A resident’s letter to his family We’ve been blessed with all we really need in life, but we never felt we were wealthy. This is a place where relatively ordinary people can afford to live well and be really secure. Voted the Best Assisted Living /senior Living in the 2018 & 2019 Siouxland’s Choice Awards. Independent Living | Assisted Living $300 off a month for 6 months in Independent Living! 4000 Teton Trace Sioux City, IA 712-239-9400 | heritage-communities.com

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