START PLANNING NOW
It’s the key to creating a future you’ll love.
“The longer you wait the more apt you are to not have the luxury of waiting. Once you’ve got a catastrophic health problem then all those options are gone, you know, you’ve got to do something immediately.” – Lynn McIntosh, resident of The Fountains at Canterbury
MEET SHARON AND LYNN MCINTOSH, LAWTON NATIVES WHO CREATED THEIR BEST FUTURE IN ONE SEAMLESS MOVE.
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 Sharon and Lynn McIntosh on Friday, July 31st, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
At 80 and 83, Sharon and Lynn McIntosh left their lifelong home in Lawton, Oklahoma with no regrets to continue their active, fun-filled lifestyle a little closer to family and the great doctors in Oklahoma City. By starting their planning two years ahead, they were able to secure the exact residence they wanted in the community they preferred. With the help of relocation specialists, they settled easily with their dog into their spacious cottage at The
Fountains at Canterbury at the beginning of summer in 2015. In no time, Lynn had buddies for golf, poker and baseball games, Sharon was enjoying water aerobics five days a week and their dog was sniffing his way around the beautiful 39-acre grounds.
WHY LEAVE IT TO CHANCE?
You may not be ready to move into a retirement community today, this year or perhaps ever, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t begin exploring your options. By visiting communities, meeting residents and hearing their stories, you’ll begin to process important information and, over time, piece together your best future. “From the time we began until we made the decision, until a place came available and we made the decision, there was probably 24 months, couple years time there. And for us… it was not a quick emergency decision. It was a decision we could make when the right unit came available. When we were ready to move and everything, while we could do it. We didn’t have any health problems hanging over our heads.” – Lynn McIntosh
PREPARED FOR ANYTHING
Toughing it out on your own as you grow older is about as sensible as living in tornado alley without a storm cellar. Lynn and Sharon had known friends and relatives who waited too long to situate themselves and who now were facing difficulties. Though Lynn and Sharon were in good health, they knew how quickly that could change. “I guess we were looking at the future, you know right now we are in independent living. But things move on, time moves on and you’re not going to always be able to be independent and we wanted a place where we could, if needed, that we could move into assisted living.” – Sharon McIntosh
BEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE YOUR KIDS
In addition to being the right fit for them at the right time, Sharon says their kids and grandkids are thrilled. Constantly worrying about aging parents is a stress nobody should have to bear when there’s a better alternative. “All four of [our children] were really glad that we made this decision. And my grandson hugged me, they were over one day and he said, ‘Grandmother, I’m so glad that you are here. I love you, now I can see you more often.’ Which really touched this grandmother’s heart.” – Sharon McIntosh
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Sharon and Lynn 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.
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