Lenbrook was the natural choice for us when my wife and I decided it was time to move into a senior living community. It was the right choice for several reasons. For one, my parents chose to live in a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) way back in 1964. My father lived there nine years and my mother 22 years. Those were happy years for them in Penney Farms, Florida. So I’ve known what a CCRC is for a long time.

I love stories!  Throughout my life listening to stories -- whether on records as I was going to sleep as a little girl or in my work as a chaplain -- I consider it a gift to hear stories!
 
As a “newbie” in the Lenbrook community, I’m thrilled to be learning the stories of many of the residents here.  Of course, the stories in our community here are as varied and unique as the wonderful people who have lived them and now share them with me.
 

Sydney is 3rd from the left.

Maya Angelou said once: "I've learned that people will forget what you said; people will forget what you did; but, people will never forget how you made them feel." My intern experience at Lenbrook has been fascinating. Most of all, Lenbrook made me feel like I had another home.

Who are Lenbrook's VICTORS? They are our residents who sometimes feel isolated or lonely, yet have a desire to contribute to others. These feelings can be common occurrences in any setting.
 
Initially, I would direct them to one or more of our regularly scheduled programs, events, activities or excursions. It wasn’t long before I realized that well-planned, parallel programming would offer these individuals an alternative means of fulfilling their particular needs.
 

For over 60 years, my parents lived in the same house in Rome, GA. Boy, talk about people who did not want to move when the time came. My dad was 93 and mom was 84. And the time came. Mom was showing signs of Alzheimer's and, for her, taking care of dad, the house and cooking had become too much.

Our Journey

My husband Richard and I had to step in and firmly guide my father to select an independent and assisted living community in Rome. He did and they moved. We assumed power of attorney and sold the family home for them.

We've been intentional about integrating the "The Lenbrook Way" into every aspect of our operations this past year. It's been a time of exploring, defining and putting into action the behaviors and service standards essential to creating excellent experiences for our residents.

The present day surge of the "elder" population causes many to revisit their long-held beliefs on aging. A myriad of questions surface concerning how we would like the latter chapters of our lives to unfold, such as:

  • Where will we live?
  • How do I want to be treated?
  • What do I fear the most?
  • Will my latter years really be "golden" or "tarnished?"

For after all, we all know that where and how you live DOES matter.

At a previous ministry site, we used to begin each day with “the morning prayer.” A memorable section of the prayer included the words, “In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering or embarrassing others. Give me the strength to bear the fatigue of this coming day with all that it shall bring.”

Officially, and according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), aging in place is defined as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level."

Lenbrook has always supported and encouraged aging in place, “with or without assistance,” and this definition can and will look differently to all residents at any given time of their tenure at Lenbrook.

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