FIND YOUR GEM
You aren’t likely to discover the pathway to your best future unless you take the time to explore your options.
“Watermark has a gem here at The Fountains at Greenbriar. It is a wonderful home. It’s a decision I don’t think I’ll ever regret.” – Audrey Wells, resident of The Fountains at Greenbriar
MEET AUDREY WELLS, A “RETIREMENT HOME JUNKIE” SINCE 2005.
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 Audrey Wells on Thursday, May 5th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Audrey was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1952. The second oldest of eight children, she experienced black and white drinking fountains and didn’t go to school with a white person until her senior year of high school. Audrey enrolled at Jackson State College and got swept up in the civil rights debate, marching with Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King, Jr. She joined the Air Force, and later married and had seven children, whom she calls her “blessings.” All live in the Kansas City area.
YOU’LL JUST KNOW IT
Everyone relishes their independence so it stands to reason that most people are reluctant to imagine the day it begins to wane and everyday chores like cooking, cleaning and driving turn into every day challenges. However, if you’re lucky enough to live a full life, that day is bound to come. In fact, it may have already arrived. The good news is, you’re not alone. Choices are abundant and no two communities are alike, which is all the more reason to begin exploring your options now. The earlier you begin, the sooner you can start benefiting from a supportive community of friends and associates who will help you thrive. “I knew the first time that I visited here though that it was going to be my future home.” – Audrey Wells
YOU CAN’T PREDICT YOUR FUTURE. BUT YOU CAN PLAN FOR IT.
Five strokes and two heart attacks commencing in her fifties forced Audrey to make changes and adjustments that others have the luxury of pondering for years. It also makes Audrey younger than most retirement community residents. She tried several retirement communities before moving to The Fountains at Greenbriar in 2014 at the age of 61. Immediately prior, she lived in a community north of the river. They charged more and didn’t accommodate her transportation needs to the VA Hospital. But that wasn’t the main reason she moved. “The atmosphere, that’s what initially drew me to here, just the atmosphere in the building…[It is] eclectic…ever evolving, inclusive and expansive.” – Audrey Wells
Having served seven years in the Air Force, Audrey is grateful today for the VA Aid and Attendance benefits she now receives which allow her access to the assistance she needs without having to ask her children for much. While she loves her apartment and enjoys her privacy, she also enjoys the people she’s met, including all the staff. “I am all-inclusive in the good things I have to say about The Fountains. From the top to the bottom, it’s a class ‘A’ outfit. It really is.” – Audrey Wells
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Audrey in person over a cup of coffee in our Gallery Café or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-816-425-2157 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.