It’s better to be 5 years too early rather than 5 minutes too late
Each month, we will be providing true life scenarios of people who either planned ahead or waited too long. Maybe you know these folks…
Mr & Mrs. Smith are 76/78. Both enjoy an active lifestyle. They enjoy travelling and spending time with their family and friends. Mrs. enjoys cooking but has recently lost interest. They live in a nice home in a gated country club community. They have had some minor health issues in the past, but nothing too serious. Mr. Smith has noticed some memory decline and has been slowing down physically. Mrs. Smith is worried about the future and is concerned that she can not take of their home on her own. The idea of moving is overwhelming to them. The Smiths’ have children scattered around the country. One son in Massachusetts, another in Colorado and a daughter in New Jersey. Moving closer to them is not an option. They have a small dog named Cookie.
The Smiths’ contacted Bruce at Senior Housing Solutions. Bruce met with them and discussed their options including staying at home or moving somewhere. They decided it was time to start the process of looking. The Smiths’ visited a number of places Bruce recommended and consulted with him during the process. Bruce held family conference calls to keep everyone in the loop, joined them on their tours and helped “prep” them for medical review process. Bruce recommended a downsize expert who was able to help the Smiths’ slim down their possessions including getting rid of a storage unit and figure out what to bring to their new home. They were very grateful they contacted Bruce.
The Smiths’ moved to a CCRC last month. The Smiths’ including Cookie are very happy. They have already made some friends and reunited with friends from their former country club. Mrs. Smith started attended Tai Chi classes and Mr. Smith is working out at the community fitness center. Mr. Smith’s memory has worsened. They are relieved he was able to get accepted at this CCRC before things got worse. They remembered Bruce telling them… “it’s better to be 5 years too early rather than 5 minutes too late” and how appropriate this was for them.
Urban myth has it that if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water it will instantly leap out. But if you put it in a pot filled with pleasantly tepid water and gradually heat it, the frog will remain in the water until it boils to death. Allegedly, the frog is not able to detect the gradual increase in temperature until it’s too late.
This is what happens when people stay in their homes too long. They don’t realize the water around them is starting to boil!