THE RIGHT DECISION AT THE RIGHT TIME
You can’t predict the future. Protect your future well-being today.
“We were very active and with the motorhome and the dogs and all that, and then all of a sudden everything changed just in a heartbeat, everything changed.” – Charles Ming, resident of The Fountains at Canterbury
MEET CHARLES AND PAULA MING, A COUPLE WHO’VE FOUND THE IDEAL LIFESTYLE FOR THEM.
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 Charles Ming on Thursday, February 5th, 2015. To read the full, un edited transcript, please click here.)
Charles and Paula lived the last seven years of his government career in Washington D.C., taking in as much of the city as they “could stand.” Upon their retirement to Edmond, the Oklahoma natives watched their grandkids grow and traveled the U.S. in their RV. They still owned it when they moved with their little Maltese, Joey, into a cottage at The Fountains at Canterbury two years ago. Joey loves his fenced grass yard, Charles adores his hammock with its sunset view and Paula doesn’t miss cooking, cleaning or climbing stairs. They attend church services together and enjoy the community theme dinners plus Charles swims, takes Joey for runs with his golf cart and serves as acolyte reader for Wednesday evening services.
IT’S COMMON SENSE
You’ve lived long enough to know that one day, nothing could be better and the next day, the unimaginable can happen. That’s the nature of life. But what if there was a way to hedge your bets; to situate yourself in an environment that would help you live your best life today and tomorrow, no matter what the future holds? That’s what retirement community living is all about. It’s not about waiting until you desperately need the support. It’s about figuring out that it’s better to move in and take advantage of everything the lifestyle offers while also alleviating the gripping fear of future unknowns. “We didn’t really need to move when we did, but I could see the handwriting on the wall that it wouldn’t be long before we needed it and then so we moved.” – Charles Ming
TAKE YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND
When Charles and Paula first visited a retirement community, they weren’t seriously considering it. After all, they were still very active, even venturing on long trips in their RV. But that visit got them thinking. Active as they were, they both knew they couldn’t keep up the pace forever. In fact, Paula’s memory and mobility aren’t what they used to be and Charles recently underwent the first of two knee replacement surgeries. “At that time we were both 82 years and as you well know, at 82 or earlier or later, bad things start happening and so I said, ‘I’ve got my head in the sand if I think we shouldn’t move.’” – Charles Ming
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE POSSIBILITIES
It took some looking around before they finally settled on the right community. In fact, they’d already made a deposit elsewhere when the opportunity at The Fountains came along. Now, whenever Charles lights the chimenea on their patio and watches the sun set from his hammock, he knows they made the right move at the right time. “We didn’t know all this was going to happen when we moved in the place but suddenly, you know, you just look around and see the possibilities and take advantage of the possibilities and suddenly you’re in heaven.” – Charles Ming
Meet Charles and Paula in person over a cup of gourmet coffee or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-405-381-8165 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.