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Re: "Pick up" service...
When I was a Red Hat, one of the things we did was get invited to lunch at an Assisted Living place a block or two or way from me. (They've just put up another down the block). The place was beautifully furnished and not just to impress coming in the door. It was several floors but in the living quarters, there was an oversized "community room" for those who wanted to socialize, furnished similar to a living room you might find in a big house. A huge TV screen with comfortable arm chairs surrounding it, an area for reading with books and a conversation area. Surrounding it were the private quarters, either a private one with a kitchenette and bathroom or a shared one where there were two rooms separated with a kitchenette and bathroom. A balcony outside where they could barbecue. Meals were served on the main floor in a big room and we had lunch with the residents. Many of the women knowing we were coming had donned Red Hat gear too. Also on the main floor was a game room. If someone was ambulatory, there was parking for their cars. They came and went as they chose. For those in wheelchairs or less capable, buses to take them to the shopping center or medical appts. There was some sort of activity planned for every day. There was no nursing home vibe to be seen, it was more like a hotel and I did see a cat or two. If I could no long maintain living on my own, it wasn't a bad place to be...but expensive. A person could be hired to do chores. A cab called to get to wherever when needed. Some kind of alert system should an emergency arise.
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