Last summer I moved to Lenbrook primarily because I wanted to help make things easier for my children when and if I need additional care. But now that I'm here, I often wonder why I didn't make the move sooner! Atlanta's been my home since 1956, so in addition to my new friends at Lenbrook, I have all of my "old" friends and outside activities too. I have to keep a calendar to blend my Lenbrook life and my "outside life."
"Shining star" employees -- or associates as we call our employees here at Lenbrook -- stand out by their nature and tend to receive frequent recognition. But what about associates who work behind the scenes, or in less visible positions and provide invaluable momentum to the team and the organization as a whole? That's the delicate but critical balance we've aimed to achieve with our new associate recognition program.
It takes the efforts of every individual to make a successful team and hence a successful organization. This is especially true at Lenbrook.
When my husband of 58 years passed away in April of 2009, I knew exactly what I was going to do. We had visited a friend from high school in Dallas, Texas, who lived in a lovely CCRC ("Continuing Care Retirement Community"). I couldn’t forget it, and immediately set about getting my Dunwoody house ready to sell so I, too, could make this kind of a move for the rest of my life.
Research, Sale and Move
Chances are you started receiving lots of Medicare notices, updates and advertisements toward the end of summer. Now it's officially time to review your Medicare benefits and ensure you are in the best plan for the coming year. You have from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 to make any changes during "Medicare Open Enrollment."
For many years, we lived happily in our older home in Buckhead's Tuxedo Park in the summer and in our patio home in Tequesta, Florida, in winter. In January of 2013, however, our Atlanta home was burglarized while we were away. Then, in February, a large pine tree fell on the roof during a storm. All of this prompted us to begin thinking about the next phase of our lives, which would likely involve simpler living arrangements.
Doing Our Homework
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.
We're located in the vibrant Buckhead district of Atlanta, where arts, culture, and world class dining are practically in our backyard. It's kind of tough to compete with all these services and venues. But we do. Here's a look at what goes into our secret sauce hospitality – The Lenbrook Way.
Flexible Menu of Choices, Master Our Craft
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.
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.
The one true certainty we have in this life is that it is unpredictable and anything, good, bad or otherwise, can happen. Additionally, “it” is not only defined by the passage of time. "It" can also be influenced by proactive planning or, on the flip side, lack of planning. Let's take a look at the "10 Tough Questions About Life Planning."
Being able to live your best life, in all stages of life, takes planning. And we're not just talking about planning for your golden retirement years, but also for your end-of-life needs and wishes, too.