When my wife and I purchased a residence through the fellowship houses in Birmingham Alabama, we knew we wanted to treat ourselves to something a bit different …
When my wife and I purchased a residence through the fellowship houses in Birmingham Alabama, we knew we wanted to treat ourselves to something a bit different than our traditional, neighborhood-based retirement residence. What we didn’t realize was that we were buying a house within a row of many other aging seniors. Though this gave us the opportunity to mingle with those who lived there, it also meant we would be going to the dining rooms only when we were particularly hungry or thirsty. This would not have been a problem at our old residence, but once we had our transition plan in motion, we soon found ourselves visiting the place just as often as we did for our meals!
Another thing we didn’t think about was how our transition plan would impact our elderly neighbors. Since most of them could not take the stairs and would much rather take the elevator, having an extra house on the bottom floors seemed almost like a contradiction in terms. We also did not realize that they might be less inclined to spend time on their floors if they were closer to their own rooms in the transition residence. The solution to this issue was simple: we decided to buy a house with an additional floor and move everyone up one floor.
Though our concern with the neighboring seniors wasn’t the transition itself, but rather the effect it would have on our newly weaned children. Since they would now share a single house with several elderly adults, they were already feeling the negative impact of living with families they didn’t know. So while we didn’t have to worry about becoming enemies with the other residents, we also didn’t want them to be isolated too early in life by feeling like they were outsiders in their own neighborhood. Thankfully, we were able to find a way to make our transition plan to go as smoothly as possible.