The Greatest Gift: Making the Transition to Senior Living
we feel very blessed,” said Pauline.
Therefore, they wanted to give her something in return by ensuring they would be cared for in their future years. The couple agreed that Riddle Village, a Lifecare Retirement Community located in Media, Pa., would be the perfect place to help them achieve this.
“So many parents don’t want to give up their home and they don’t realize the responsibility that falls to the children,” said Pauline. “It takes a tremendous burden off our daughter if something were to happen to us. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give your children.”
While it offers their loved one peace of mind, it has also provided the Sumners themselves with an active environment and maintenance-free lifestyle. Robert (Bob) is a retired dentist who practiced for 38 years after serving in the Air Force while Pauline was a teacher before their daughter was born. Over the years, she has continually volunteered in their community and with their church.
“I may have been the one who started pushing for us to move since Bob has been retired for 14 years,” said Pauline. “I was tired of cooking and maintaining the home.”
The Sumners proceeded to visit different communities in the area, and found they were instantly drawn to Riddle Village. “The staff appealed to us the most and the appearance as we were walking into the beautiful gold lobby room,” said Pauline.
These aspects, in addition to the Lifecare community’s independent living, personal care and skilled nursing services, prompted the couple to make the move, and they have been enjoying life in their new home for the past five months.
With a range of amenities and activities at Riddle Village, the couple has been getting involved as much as possible, even finding outlets for sharing their different skills. Bob, an avid woodworker and cabinet maker, has donated extensive equipment to the community’s woodshop and looks forward to giving lessons. Meanwhile, Pauline has started volunteering at the gift shop. They also take advantage of the fitness center and try not to miss the various entertainment brought into the community.
“There are so many opportunities here that you can be busy all the time,” she said. “You certainly aren’t retired when you’re here — you might get tired — but you are not retired.”
And Bob would agree as he balances his time to continue his efforts building a medical/dental clinic in Honduras. Having helped others in different areas such as the South Pacific and Mexico, he has been able to share his knowledge as part of the Medical Committee at Riddle Village.
When he travels, however, he knows he has a wonderful home with a new found family waiting for him. “Everyone here is so friendly, it has not been a problem getting to know people,” he said. “Everything feels connected here since you can just go from one building to the other.”
For the couple, the friendly connections also apply to the staff. “They are very supportive; from maintenance to the wait staff, they could not be more helpful and wonderful,” said Pauline.
As they enjoy delicious meals, a variety of entertainment or the beautiful settings of Riddle Village, the Sumners prove just how rewarding making the transition can be for everyone involved.