Helping retirees prepare for retirement
This is my first BLOG spot as a member of the Village On The Isle team. In May I will be celebrating my first anniversary as the Associate Director of Sales and Marketing. I am so happy to be here among so many wonderful people both staff and residents.
As we go through life, we are taken down many paths and prepare for what the future may hold for us. Through life and school we get ready for the “real world” and our future careers! We are usually asked “what do you want to be when you grow up” and most of us can honestly say, that the thing we said we wanted to be isn’t necessarily what we end up being. But we walk down that path, and try to prepare as much as possible because let’s face it, we don’t know what is out there waiting for us. We don’t know where we’ll be in 5 years, 10 years, etc.
With that being said, I feel as the roads of life previously traveled have prepared me for this position, especially my two most recent experiences in Real Estate Sales and as a Preplanning Specialist for a Funeral Home. These two positions have many similarities to what this job entails. I was showing and selling homes, very much like I do here. I educate our prospective customers on the importance of planning ahead, helping them understand that like it or not we will all age and that my goal is to allow people to age in place. So it does require a certain amount of preplanning in a couple of areas. Those two areas are financial planning and emotional preparation.
What I have seen is that people are living longer so they are waiting longer to make this move because they feel they aren’t “ready for this.” Can I ask ready for what? Someone to cook and clean for you? Drive you around town during our hectic seasonal traffic? Do all the maintenance inside and out? Build relationships with other residents that become like family? What’s not to love about all that? Independent Living is just that … Independent, but with perks! It is gaining freedom from the less important tasks and not giving it up in other areas as so many people think. In fact, during your career you actually have quite less freedom from the things you really love to do, right?
The most common thing I hear from our current residents are that they wish they’d come to Village On The Isle sooner! “Why did I wait so long?” they tell us. The hardest part of the process is to make that decision but once made, the rest will fall into place. We don’t have a crystal ball to see how things will transpire in our future so it’s important to plan for the “what ifs” or “just in case.” Our lives can change in a heartbeat! One fall resulting in a broken hip and your whole world can be turned upside down. The transition into Independent Living is a much easier one to do than to go from your own home into Assisted Living. You are buying into a lifestyle here … enjoy it before it’s too late!