The below letter to the editor was submitted to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, published on March 15th, 2017. To read the original publication, please click here.
Independent Living Allows Flexibility
As the executive director at the Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods, a senior living community in Sarasota, I was surprised and a bit disheartened to read the article about Dee and Don Kennedy’s recent decision to downsize rather than move to an independent living community (“Looking at the years ahead put this couple on the move,” Feb. 21).
While I respect their decision, the article made several points regarding independent, assisted living and memory care communities in our area that are not true.
Dee Kennedy stated that individuals couldn’t bring their belongings to their new retirement community with them. This is simply not the case. Most independent-living apartments can be fully furnished by residents with their furniture, art, photos and anything else that they hold dear.
The writer stated that both spouses are usually screened for the cognitive and physical ability to live independently. At the Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods, the level of care that a resident receives is up to them – no one is qualified based on what they can and can’t do.
If a resident prefers the size of our independent-living apartments, but needs home care for extra support, they are welcome to bring home care into their apartment.
For Kennedys, purchasing a 2,200-square-foot home was the best decision. However, not ever senior can, or chooses to, handle basic home maintenance hassles. In that case, the home becomes a burden that keeps them from living a fulfilling and active life. Independent living relieves people of that burden so that they have more time to do the thing that they love.
Peggy Beasley, Sarasota
Do you think you might be ready to take the next step?
Complementing your beautifully appointed residence, our 53-acre lake-studded campus will provide you easy access to every amenity imaginable: a heated pool, private movie theater, multiple dining venues and so much more. The best part is, when you opt for our affordable CLASSIC PLAN, you can enjoy it all and pay only for the services you want and need.
You’ll love living centrally, near downtown Sarasota restaurants, arts district and beaches, too. Adopt our worry-free lifestyle and you’ll never have to depend on others when the going gets tough. One move eliminates home and yard maintenance hassles, enhances your independence and situates you comfortably for all the years ahead.
We invite you to discover for yourself why The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods consistently earns some of the best reviews and best survey scores in the profession. Why not make our coveted lifestyle your own or encourage someone you love to learn more, move here and thrive?
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