Lakeshore Residents Discuss Life at the Community
In May, The Lakeshore held a resident panel event to introduce life at the community for those interested in becoming residents. Here is just a sample of what they had to say about their lives at The Lakeshore.
What brought you to The Lakeshore?
I wanted some place where I could have fun. I had been working in my big house, taking care of my big yard, worrying about my big roof that needed to be done, and worrying about my house that needed painted. My kids were worried that I wasn’t getting out and doing things, so my choices were to start doing things for myself, for my future. So that’s when I started looking. I found this place and I love it.
I chose The Lakeshore because every month they had a fireman’s luncheon for $3 and we’d come to get that with about four other couples. We were very impressed. I made up my mind that when I am ready to come, I am going to come to The Lakeshore. And I never regretted it.
Do you enjoy your life here?
I’ve been here four years and I love every moment. Don’t wait too long to come here – have fun! We have a lot fun and activities. It’s just like being on a big cruise going around the world and we have all the stars which are the employees and we just love them, they are so good to us. Don’t wait too long.
What surprised you after you moved in?
[On the day of move in] I walked into my apartment, they had put an orchid in there and lemon bars they knew I loved. The staff came in, introduced themselves and said we’re here to help you have some fun and they helped me get involved in all the little programs.”
What is your favorite part of being at The Lakeshore?
Not having to cook and wash dishes.
On Friday, I have my cleaning done. I don’t have to make my own bed that day!
What are your favorite things to do?
To me, living at the Lakeshore is like living on a cruise ship – close to the water and there are a lot of activities. They’re all fun! We have a lot of music. Tomorrow we are going to have a happy birthday [celebration] for everybody who has a birthday this month. We get cake, beautiful cards and they have music and everybody sings “Happy Birthday” to you. You feel special. It’s a lot of fun to live at Lakeshore. I just love it here.
There are exercise programs for whatever ability you have. My favorite is the strength and balance class. They also have trips we can go on and enjoy. There is always something to do here.
What about health and safety concerns?
If you need help of any kind, they’ve got [Emergency Call Buttons] on the floor you can push and it rings to the office. And if you’ve got a health problem, we have the [Wellness Center] down there.
It’s really very safe, that is one thing I like.
How is the food?
Ben*, son of resident
It’s like going to a five-star restaurant. There is a variety of selections and there is absolutely no need to sneak out your own salt shaker. The lamb is so tender.
What do you know now that you wish that you had known before moving in?
I wish that I’d done it 10 years sooner. I’m 82.
Any last thoughts about life here at The Lakeshore?
I have a purpose to live now. I have a purpose to have fun. I have a beautiful apartment and I live in it by myself. I don’t have to share my room with anybody else. I can go there and have my quiet time and then I can go out and visit with such a multitude of people.
Ben*, son of resident
Our journey during the last nine months has been a blessing, not only to my mother, but also to our entire friends and family. We wondered if the move here would impact her health in a positive way and if she would realize positive change in the next venture in her life. My answer to all of this is a profound “yes.” My mother’s health and spiritual well-being have improved greatly.
Are you interested to hear more about an Era Living community?
Get the inside scoop and attend an upcoming resident panel:
The Gardens at Town Square (Bellevue)
Wednesday, January 23 at 10:30 AM
933 111th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Kindly RSVP at (425) 688-1900
The Lakeshore (Seattle/Renton)
Thursday, February 7 at 10:30 AM
11448 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98178
Kindly RSVP at (206) 772-1200
University House Issaquah (Issaquah)
Tuesday, February 12 at 10:30 AM
22975 SE Black Nugget Rd, Issaquah, WA 98029
Kindly RSVP at (425) 557-4200
* Names changed to protect confidentiality