Nov 192015

My new/old home is calling me back.

My new/old home is calling me back.

My former assisted-living facility has been tugging at my emotions for some time. Then my current facility gave me a swift kick in the wallet. So I am moving back to Huntington Manor in Poway, the place that originally welcomed my wife and me with all of our disabilities, where I was living when she died and just a mile from where her ashes are buried. Compared to my current facility, it is one fourth the size, 30 miles further inland, and more country then luxury. But it is also much closer to my eldest daughter and many of my friends, more flexible in the kind and amount of care provided and surrounded by the mountains and trails I have enjoyed for so much of my life. So when I received the letter from Sunrise telling me my rates were being raised by nearly 10%, the message was clear: “Go!”

I can’t have my old room back with its gorgeous view, but they are doing all they can to make me comfortable in a different arrangement. I will be occupying two rooms that were recently constructed as part of an overall improvement project. (You can see them in the background of the photograph.) In a few weeks, once I am settled, I will share some of the insights I have gained into the big business side of assisted living. One little preview – – instead of a family–owned chain of facilities, I have actually been living in a real estate investment trust, VENTAS, comprising many hundreds of properties, each being run by property management firms, with the primary emphasis on returns to investors. Exactly what that means to the residents, and the hard-working caregivers who serve them, will be the subject of my next blog post.

  2 Responses to “When An Irresistible Force…”

  1. Mike-
    So sorry you have to move again. I know what a strain it was to move to where you are and the burden. Hope this return to your previous abode goes well.

  2. Hi Mike, I look forward to your comments on the REIT Ventas. I regret your extreme inconvenience involving another move. I follow your webpage always. Glad you’ll be back closer to Linda.

    We’re celebrating an escape from a close call that happened to our younger daughter, Julie Carpenter-Zehe. She was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a double mastectomy, and two years later was told the cancer had recurred. This last diagnosis turned out to be false alarm and she is cancer-free. Our Thanksgiving was made much brighter by this good news.

    I look forward to your future news.

    All the best, Stan and Dorothy C.

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