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    Carmel, Indiana

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    Barrington Residents Share Their Experience and Advice Choosing a Move into a Life Care Community

    Whether moving a long distance or just 10 minutes away, packing up and settling into a new home can be an overwhelming ordeal for anyone. Selling one’s home and reestablishing oneself in a new place is difficult, especially for those in their 70s and 80s. Yet, many very active seniors in the Indianapolis-metro and Carmel area are making the decision to do that because they’re looking to live a maintenance-free life without the worry of household responsibilities and the rising costs of healthcare. The Barrington of Carmel, Hamilton County’s first and only life care senior living community, just began its phased opening process last month welcoming individuals into their independent living apartment homes. Among some of the first to move in and call this community home are 79-year-old Bert Talbott, 77-year-old Ron Rogers and his wife, 76-year-old Janice Rogers. They are sharing their personal perspectives on why they decided to make this move.

    “We like that this is a life care community so all levels of services and care that anyone might need going through life are provided right here on the same campus,” said Ron. “Everything is here that you need. Another major move is not necessary because it’s all in the same place from independent living to assisted living to the more in-depth levels of care like memory support.”

    Naturally, choosing a retirement community was a long decision-making process for Ron and Janice Rogers – a decision that took the past few years to make. While both are doing well and staying active now, not long ago, they faced some medical problems. Those issues prompted them to start thinking more about not wanting to wait until something serious happened and one of them had to make a difficult choice or would leave a heavy decision for their children to make for them.

    Talbott also took his time exploring and researching options along the way. He attended most all of the informational events The Barrington hosted before making his final decision to sign up three years ago. He is happy to have started the new chapter of his life in the community, and like the Rogerses, Talbott appreciates the way everything is in one location with all levels of care if one’s health care needs ever change. He enjoys the campus itself and especially the staff members. Being surrounded by strong and supportive relationships is an important part of good health at any age. Having recently lost his wife to Alzheimer’s disease, Bert enjoys the relationships already forming within the community. He is participating in the various activities that are provided by The Barrington including games, exercise classes, the art studio and events like Happy Hour at 4pm where residents come together in the Bistro with a light snack, punch and wine.

    “Whoever has been doing the hiring here has the right idea,” said Bert. “The staff is ‘class act,’ as I like to say. In fact, the residents here are proving to become a new family in their new Barrington home.”

    The Rogerses believe the same way.

    “It feels like home to us already, and we only moved in a few weeks ago” said Janice. “We love it here. The staff knows us by name walking through the halls, and the dining experience is great. Those in dining services here at The Barrington already remember just how my husband likes his iced tea.”

    Another important factor when thinking about making a move into a retirement community is having a dining program provided. Many seniors, like Janice, enjoy the relief of not having to prepare full meals once they move into such a community.

    “The meals here are wonderful,” said Bert. “Our chef is truly superb; I thought my mom was a good cook, but I’m eating things I never thought I would because it’s all so tasty!”

    The relief from yard work is something Ron Rogers relishes. He recalls having to keep up with the yard and responsibilities of the house before moving but now feels better with those concerns alleviated. He appreciates having more free time and has been taking full advantage of The Barrington’s fitness center using the treadmills every day.

    “A fellow resident describing The Barrington said, ‘It’s just like The Ritz Carlton,’ and I’d say that’s just about right,” said Ron. “It certainly doesn’t feel like a retirement community; it’s like a resort you visit on a vacation. It’s like going to Disneyland or something!”

    The Rogerses and Talbott understand often it takes a health crisis for many to start thinking about moving into a retirement community, but they chose to move in now while they are still healthy and young and enjoy a healthier and happier lifestyle longer. Being among the first residents to arrive, they are anxious for the all the apartment units to be filled and to engage in activities within the community as soon as it is fully opened in the spring.

    About The Barrington of Carmel

    Situated on a 19-acre campus on Guilford Road off 116th Street, The Barrington recently began its phased opening in November. Upon completion, it will feature 134 maintenance-free, independent living apartment homes and embraces the wellness-minded attitude of today’s older adults. The community will provide a variety of services and amenities, including fine dining, a bistro, fitness and wellness centers, creative arts studio, salon and spa, library, housekeeping, scheduled transportation and more.

    The Barrington of Carmel is sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation. Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC) is a not-for-profit organization that sponsors and operates the life care communities of Edgemere (Dallas), Querencia at Barton Creek (Austin), The Buckingham (Houston), Mirador (Corpus Christi), and The Stayton at Museum Way (Fort Worth).

    For more information about The Barrington of Carmel, visit www.TheBarringtonofCarmel.com or call the Information Center at (317) 706-6760.

    For more information about SQLC, visit www.SQLC.org.
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