Friendship, nutrition, housework, recreation… Community Relations Manager Corinna Ludovici has been meeting with prospective residents of Berwick Parksville, the new independent retirement community scheduled to open in Spring 2022, and each one has a different reason for reaching out.
Their interest isn’t always linked to a medical issue or physical decline. For many, moving into Independent Living will provide peace of mind, community and lots of unexpected extras bringing fun, festivities and friendship back to daily life. Here are 3 reasons to move in:
1. Daily chores
At some point in all our lives, taking care of a big house and yard becomes too much work. It’s not necessarily that it’s physically impossible, but just that there are more enjoyable ways to use your energy. Instead of cutting the lawn you could be playing pickleball. Instead of scrubbing the toilet you could be painting in the art studio. By the age of 75 you’ve made made your bed about 25,000 times —at Berwick Parksville you can leave that chore to someone else!
“All Berwick residents receive complimentary weekly housekeeping, and residents using our Enhanced Living Services can schedule short-term or ongoing assistance with personal care, personal laundry and health care coordination,” Ludovici says.
2. Fine dining
Earlier in June Ludovici met with a woman who still enjoys cooking, even after doing it for more than half a century, but says it’s not much fun cooking for one.
“She ends up getting by with peanut butter on toast for dinner because cooking a full meal just doesn’t make sense. And that means she has to sacrifice all the benefits of balanced nutritious meals.”
Berwick Parksville’s Red Seal Chefs will serve a varied menu of nutritious meals using fresh local ingredients, from the dining room, the pub and the bistro. You choose the atmosphere, you choose the time, and you choose your lunch and dinner every day. The only hard part is what choice to make!
Canadians of all ages struggled with loneliness and isolation before COVID-19, but the pandemic made the situation even more extreme. Berwick retirement communities took extra precautions to keep residents safe, but they were also able to maintain a busy social calendar.
“I met with one senior who said they’ve felt lonely since losing their spouse, and have struggled to find their new life. There’s no shortage of engagement opportunities here, serving all six dimensions of wellness, and our residents are welcome to drop in for a few things or try to do it all!” Ludovici says. “Tai chi on the rooftop patio, card games in the Zen garden, presentations in the theatre, or just a daily coffee with your neighbour. Social connection is so important to our overall wellness.”