Sunday night we participated in a progressive dinner through our church. That's where you go to one person's house for appetizers, another's for dinner, a third and final one for dessert. The church did one last year, which we also participated in, and had a blast so we decided to do it again this year.
I have to give credit to the lady who organizes this. She solicits host houses for each of the courses and then lines up the houses somewhat together for the three courses so people aren't driving great distances between courses. Then she lines up the people participating, making sure she mixes things up so the same people who socialize at church don't necessarily become part of the group for the evening so people can get to know others from the church. She's a genius for getting it organized and getting the right mix of people together (and I'm sure God has a hand in it too :)
Our first course, the appetizers, was canceled unfortunately at the last minute because the family hosting were all sick and no one, naturally, wanted to go to a house with sick people nor was it fair to have us descend upon their home when they were under the weather. It gave us an extra hour before we needed to report to the dinner assignment, which I was glad for because we had a busy Saturday, going down to feed the homeless, and then Sunday I had hospitality at church where I provided finger foods for fellowship after the services so I was pretty tired after church was over. It gave me time for a Sunday nap (and it was a nice one, LOL). It also gave us time to get Koda's walk in so we wouldn't have to walk him when we got home from the festivities.
Dinner was really nice; delicious chicken dinner. Then we drove to a lady's house for dessert.
She lives in a retirement community. Oh my gosh. The moment she opened the door to her house, I wanted to be eligible for retirement and move in as her next door neighbor.
The concept is, which I'm sure other communities have, is a place one can retire and decide on their level of care depending on what they need. They have individual apartments for the independent, assisted living for those that need those services, and then a nursing home. So you can buy into the facility and advance the level of services as you need them.
Her apartment was gorgeous, small but well designed and put together. Two bedrooms, big walk in closets, nice size living room and dining room. We didn't feel crowded. She has a cleaning service that comes in weekly; an hour a week but she says that's enough time to do the bathrooms (two of them), vacuum, wipe down the kitchen. She gets a meal provided daily, but has a full service kitchen should she decide to cook. She prepares simple meals other than the meal she gets daily. They have recreational facilities, a pool, exercise room, activities, etc.
I looked into the buy in fee and monthly fees. Somewhat doable.
I'm wishing I was ready for retirement (10 years to be eligible to be there, but whose counting).
Honestly, there was so much room it would work for what we would need. I saw the hassle with hubby's parents being so stubborn to give up their independence and their house to move into such a place, but really to me the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
Not sure we would so such a thing, but something I'm going to consider in the years ahead. All I know is I don't want to put the stress onto son that was put onto hubby and his brother in dealing with their parents' advancing years.
And this certainly seemed like a reasonable option to pursue.
What about you? Have you considered options for living once you reach retirement age or reach the age you can't care for yourself as functionally as you can now? Would you consider such a place?