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Changing Minds and Improving Lives A Look at Friendship Independent Living If you’ve ever visited an independent living community, then you know that the scene can look more like a vacation destination than a senior living option. But for many people, the fact that it falls under the category of “retirement community” is enough to turn them off to the idea. Well, the folks at Friendship Independent Living Community are out to change that. “Since, traditionally, independent living communities are connected to the broader spectrum of retirement communities, people have this idea that moving to independent living means they’re moving to a nursing home – which is couldn’t be further from the truth,” says Hollie Young, Director of Campus Admissions. “We are setting the new standard for senior living for those who are still maintaining successful careers and are active in the community. As long as you are 55 or older, you are welcome to live here. Although it’s considered a retirement community, calling us a retirement community is not fully accurate, as we are truly an active community with a healthy living focus.” The lifestyle truly is all about living. “We are a community where someone can move in, and they don’t have to worry the upkeep and maintenance of a home,” Young says. “They don’t have to worry about their air conditioner lasting another year, or mowing the grass; all of the stresses are gone, and they are free to enjoy life as they see fit.” According to Young, it just takes one look to start people on the track to their new understanding of independent living. “Once people come here, even to […]
Do You Really Need to use that Handicap Spot, Scooter or Dressing Room? So this is more of a personal beef. I have family members that legitimately need to use handicap accessible parking spots, bathrooms and dressing rooms, and electric scooters. Lisa is 52, has ALS and is fiercely trying to remain as independent as possible with the accommodations and equipment available to her. She has a handicap placard. I was out with Lisa one afternoon and as we approached the two remaining handicap spots, a car zipped into one of them. Before we even pulled into our adjacent spot, a woman bounced out of the car and sprinted into the store. We looked to see if there was a handicap placard hanging from the rearview mirror or on the license plates. We looked to see if there was another person sitting in the car who may have needed assistance. No, on both fronts. There were eight handicap spots in that section of the lot. All were taken. Only four had handicap placards. It amazes me how often these spots are being used by those that don’t need it. Today we were going to take advantage of the electric scooter the store offered so I parked the car and went into get one, driving it out to Lisa. The scooter gives Lisa the freedom to go off on her own a bit, something she misses now that she needs someone to drive her on every little errand. Most people are nice, but not all like those barking “can you move that thing over?” when Lisa has to maneuver it just so to reach certain items. […]