EVALUATE YOUR SITUATION
When’s the last time you took a good hard look at where you’re living and whether it’s still working for you?
“Needs change and you have to be able to change with them and I think that’s one of the secrets of being truly happy.” – Diane Reimann, resident of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods
MEET DIANE REIMANN, A WORLD TRAVELER WHO LOVES COMING HOME TO THE FOUNTAINS AT LAKE POINTE WOODS.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Diane Reimann on Monday, August 8th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
After 34 years in the Chicago suburbs, Diane retired with her husband to rural Arkansas where they owned 20 acres, 25 miles from the nearest town. Alone her last 10 years there, Diane decided enough is enough and moved to Sarasota full time. She fell in love with The Fountains’ central location and picturesque campus and moved here in March of 2016. An avid traveler, and 15-year snowbird to Sarasota, Diane has visited all but four states in an Airstream trailer. Lately she’s focused on seeing other places with new friends from The Fountains, including Australia, Iceland and New Zealand. Now that she’s free to lock the door and leave, next on her itinerary are Spain, Portugal and South America.
HOW DO YOU KNOW THE TIME IS RIGHT?
Moving to a retirement community is a personal choice and ages at entry vary. The timing is less about your age and more about, are you happy living where you are or is it time to consider your alternatives? “I’m 73 and I was quite able to manage when I was a little bit younger, you know handling the house and the land and everything. As I got older, needs change and I felt that it was a good time. I’m young enough to come into a community, make friends, take part in everything that is available to me that I would like to and I don’t have health issues. That does not mean that I won’t later so, you know, I just felt like this was the right time to do this.” – Diane Reimann
IT’S ALL ABOUT CHOICES
Diane loves her two-bedroom, two-bath residence on the ground floor. Her car is steps away and her potted hibiscus is easier to care for than the 20 acres she left behind. “And I did not take the dining. I am cooking but I love the fact that it’s available so if I don’t feel like cooking I go to the dining room for dinner. And that works out wonderfully. And the food is spectacular. It really is good.” – Diane Reimann
CHANGE YOUR PARADIGM
Don’t allow negative stereotypes of retirement communities prevent you from taking a look. “I think it’s very difficult for some people to understand a retirement community if they have never seen one…. I had a hard time explaining to people, this is going to sound terrible but they felt like you were going someplace to die. And I said, ‘My Lord, I’m busier here that I was at home.’ I’ve made some wonderful friends and we do a lot of things together.” – Diane Reimann
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Diane Reimann in person over coffee or a drink in our Tiffany Lounge. Just call 1-941-306-3739 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.