The right retirement community lets you live independently with future access to all the services and support you desire.
“That’s really what I tell friends when I’m trying to tell people they should go to this kind of a community. That’s one of the things I tell them, that you are totally independent but yet you know that support is there if you need it.” – Beth Carlson, resident of The Fountains at Millbrook
MEET BOB AND BETH CARLSON, A MARYLAND COUPLE WHO TRADED TRAFFIC FOR A HUDSON VALLEY COTTAGE WITH A MOUNTAIN VIEW.
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 Bob and Beth Carlson on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
After courting at Drew University and tying the knot, Beth and Bob moved to Maryland, where Bob began his career as an Episcopal priest. After raising three boys, Beth got her Master’s degree in Social Work from Catholic University in DC and went back to work. Their careers took them to Illinois and Philadelphia before they retired to Silver Spring. A trial stay at The Fountains at Millbrook clinched their decision to move into their cottage last summer. Soon after, they joined neighbors for a Caribbean cruise. They love having chef-prepared dinners along with the flexibility to fix breakfast and lunch for themselves. They also enjoy bridge, yoga, book club and singing with the Songbirds.
You don’t just snap your fingers, blink your eyes and wake up in your ideal future. You have to create it and the sooner you get started, the better the outcome will be. Do you enjoy time with friends, traveling, learning, culture and good food that you don’t have to prepare? Are you tired of maintenance hassles and worries of what if? Exploring your retirement living options is a good way to unveil exciting possibilities you may have never considered. Arranging a trial stay is even better. What are you waiting for? “…fortunately we’re both in pretty good health so we were thinking of a place that would be good for us now but might be good also if either one of us became somewhat disabled and needed some assisted care.” – Bob Carlson, resident of The Fountains at Millbrook
Their move situated Bob and Beth geographically between two of their sons and country living has been a welcome reprieve from the congested streets of Silver Spring. Worried at first about giving up their car, now they barely miss it. The Fountains takes them to church, local restaurants, even into Manhattan. When home, they dine with friends every evening before retiring to their spacious cottage, just steps away. “I was just totally surprised at how much I love the cottage… We have a wonderful view, we have a prize view. There’s a huge lawn going down and then you can see all the woods and the mountains and the mountains in the distance. It’s really attractive.” – Beth Carlson
SURROUNDED BY NATURE
Their move has introduced the whole family to the benefits of retirement community living. Bob’s and Beth’s grandkids love getting out of the city to visit them in Millbrook. Everyone loves seeing the horses and walking in the countryside. Having started their search ten years earlier, this couple ultimately found their ideal choice for today, and tomorrow. “We’ve been able to sit out on the patio on nice early evenings and have a glass of wine. It’s a very pleasant thing to be able to enjoy nature that way, the soft breeze and warm temperatures.” – Bob Carlson
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Bob and Beth over a drink in the dining room or cappuccino in the Millbrook Market & Café. Just call 1-845-605-4457 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.