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“I’m just 70 now. I’ve got a whole lot of living to do here so you know I’m determined not to be cooped up.” – Paul Wilson, resident of The Fountains at Greenbriar
MEET PAUL WILSON, A FORMER SENIORS HOUSING ADMINISTRATOR NOW REAPING THE BENEFITS OF RESIDENCY HIMSELF.
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 Paul Wilson on Thursday, February 7, 2019. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Few possess Paul Wilson’s keen perspective on aging well. After all, he knows the subject professionally, having served as a retirement community owner-operator, as a son whose mother benefited immensely from her decade based in one, and as a resident himself since 2018. At 70, Paul admits he has a lot of living left to do, and he’s doing it. Advocating for others is one vocation he holds dear. His message: to believe that you are a person of self-worth, that you are still mentally able to decide what is best for you, and that you have choices on how to spend your time, how to eat and how to live your life.
GET OUT YOUR CRYSTAL BALL
Don’t have one? Neither did Paul. He couldn’t have foreseen the accident that landed him in the hospital unable to return home. Fortunately, he knew just where to go. “I had a single-family home that had been a family home. It had been my parents’ home also for a number of years and I moved in there. Beautiful older home, single-story as older homes go, it had lots of steps. When I fell last year unfortunately, I broke my hip, knee, pretty much everything on my right side of my body. The doctor said and rightly so I really could not move back there. The bathroom and hallways and everything like that were narrow and with all of the steps and everything it really was just kind of a living fall hazard. I could not move home again.” – Paul Wilson
LIKE MOTHER LIKE SON
Unable to return home after recovering from a bad fall, Paul considered himself truly fortunate to get an apartment at The Fountains only a few miles from his home. A former retirement community owner-operator, Paul already knew The Fountains at Greenbriar well. In fact, his own mother spent what Paul describes as “probably the best 10 years of her life” there. “I was probably in here almost daily as a son visiting mom, making sure that she was well and happy. She loved it here. It was just really an excellent experience for her.” – Paul Wilson
CELEBRATE YOUR SELF-WORTH
Paul appreciates having abundant choices, like pages of dining options, for example. He maintains that making choices for himself versus being told what’s best for him reinforces his sense of self-worth. “That is a big thing for me and for all of our residents here is to have those choices. I know that costs more, but I also know that makes us stand out among many, many, many other places where you may get one of two things and if you don’t like them it is just kind of tough.” – Paul Wilson
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Paul in person over a cup of gourmet 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.
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