My New Apartment
I estimate that I have visited at least 500 senior housing communities in my career. I have taken tours that have explored every inch of a community, eaten meals, conducted seminars, interviewed staff and residents for articles, and have even participated in a video game tournament with residents.
However, I have never truly looked at a community the way I did as we left the marketing office to see my apartment. I can only describe the feeling as “breathing new air.” I was no longer a detached ‘expert’ in the field of aging looking at the aesthetic features of a community. Instead, I was focused on the reality that I will soon be a resident of this community. Whenever I saw another resident, I was wondering if they would accept me as a friend and neighbor. I wondered what we will talk about, what their interests were, where they came from.
When we reached the door of my apartment, I was again struck with the fact that I had been in hundreds of model apartments in my career, but I never had experienced the feeling I had right now. I had a soundtrack of a drum roll playing in my head as the doorknob was being turned. Inside I was struck with a nice one bedroom apartment that was similar to those I had seen hundreds of times before, only now I was imagining myself sitting on the couch instead of someone else.
I instantly started to picture my own furniture in the apartment, something I had never done before when touring a community. I started questioning whether my kitchen table would fit or if I would need to buy a new one.
Here is a look at my “canvas” . . . I mean my floorplan!
In my next posts I will explore the issue of downsizing. I have prepared a video where I will show you what furniture and belongings I would be taking if I made a permanent move. More important is what I am going to do with the things I won’t be taking, the emotions and memories of the home I live in.