FUN AND FRIENDSHIP EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR
It’s important to find a place that’s just right when you outgrow the snowbird life and decide to live in Sarasota full time.
“In the summertime my neighborhood used to be vacated. Everybody would go up north and there were very few neighbors and I felt somewhat isolated because I was living alone.” – Mary Paul, resident of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods
MEET MARY PAUL, A FORMER SNOWBIRD WHO DECIDED TO MAKE SARASOTA HER PERMANENT NEST.
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 Mary Paul on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Like so many Florida transplants, Mary started coming to Sarasota to escape the frozen winters up north. Soon, she didn’t want to leave Florida at all, so she stayed. Inspired by the abundance of art and culture along with the temperate climate, Mary feels right at home every day of the year in Sarasota. This is especially true since moving to The Fountains, where she enjoys the atmosphere and pursuit of personal passions. Mary loves painting, writing club and a book discussion group. She enjoys an interesting mix of neighbors she can relate to, a fulfilling schedule that piques her interests and the privacy of her one-bedroom apartment with a beautiful lake view. Mary feels she has discovered the best of all worlds.
SAY “GOOD RIDDANCE” TO BORING CHORES
Mary is not alone in trading in chores for more rewarding pursuits. Her statements echo most residents when she says: “I did not want to feel responsible any longer for the maintenance of the building and things that needed repair, calling service people, being on hand waiting for them to arrive, things like this which are part of owning or even renting your own house. I didn’t want to have that responsibility anymore. The other thing is the meal plan really appealed to me. I was tired of spending so much time fixing food, buying food, cleaning up after food and here at The Fountains they do a very nice job of doing that for me.” – Mary Paul
SELF SUFFICIENCY BALANCED WITH SUPPORT
Support and independence are two of the most compelling benefits of living in a retirement community. For Mary Paul, who enjoys time to herself, it wasn’t until her third summer of living alone at The Meadows that it occurred to her it might not be in her best interest to renew her lease there. Her neighborhood was all but deserted by snowbirds that summer when she experienced a frightening bout with food poisoning and realized how vulnerable she was. That’s when she started to look at her options in earnest. She examined several communities in Sarasota and a few in Maine before making her decision. “When I eat dinner in the dining room I look around the dining room and I feel as if this is almost like an extended family, familiar faces, friendly faces everywhere I look.” – Mary Paul
GAIN ACCESS TO THE HELP YOU NEED, WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT
Shortly after Mary moved to The Fountains in 2010, she experienced yet another reason to appreciate her new surroundings. She required a delicate surgery to repair a broken wrist, an ordeal that made simple tasks like driving and dressing a challenge. Fortunately, all the help and support she needed during her recovery was built in to her surroundings. Her foresight had saved her – and her daughter in Tampa – from considerable inconveniences. “When I broke my wrist I thought ‘thank goodness I’m here and I’m not trying to live alone.'” – Mary Paul
Meet Mary Paul in person over coffee or a drink in our Tiffany Lounge. Just call 1-941-462-4670 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.