GREAT COUPLES CARE
If your spouse needs care, you need not tough it out yourself. At the right retirement community, you can both thrive.
“I used to drive over every day and spent a good part of the day with my wife here and then at night I’d go back home and I’d go back to my apartment. In fact even I was a volunteer.” – Bob Harrington, resident of East Village Place
MEET BOB HARRINGTON, A GIANT NEW YORK GIANTS FAN AT HOME IN EAST LONGMEADOW.
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 Bob Harrington on Friday, November 4th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
If Bob is out enjoying breakfast with the guys when you call him, you’ll be amused to hear his voice on his answering machine singing “Go Giants Go.” When he was a season ticket holder, he wore the same suit to every opening game. Brooklyn born, Bob grew up in Long Beach on Long Island, joined the Navy at 17 and worked in the insurance business. As much as he loves those Giants, he’s even more devoted as a husband and a Christian. He and his wife Anne met through a high school friend and raised one daughter. At East Village Place, Bob enjoys delicious meals and daily camaraderie. He also runs the Rosary Group and attends St. Michael’s Church.
NO MORE FROZEN DINNERS
Bob and Anne Harrington were enjoying their snowbird lifestyle between Massachusetts and Florida when Anne developed dementia. When her needs escalated beyond Bob’s care giving ability, Bob enrolled Anne in Pathways, one of two levels of memory care at East Village Place. Bob put a lot of miles on his car visiting Anne every day. He also put a lot of frozen dinners in the microwave. One day, he decided enough was enough. As much as he loved his two-bedroom condo at Converse Street School, he much prefers now having his own apartment and enjoyable lifestyle at East Village Place. “…eventually I found that the meals were a problem for me. My daughter was after me to move in with her but I didn’t want to do that. …to make a long story short, I felt it was time to divorce Marie Callender’s.” – Bob Harrington
TRY IT YOU’LL LIKE IT
Bob and his daughter searched the state for memory care options before choosing East Village Place for Anne. When he took his own apartment there, he discovered more than great food; he found the friend-filled, carefree lifestyle suited him. Communities offering assisted living plus two levels of memory care are rare. The arrangement suits couples like Bob and Anne. In the three years he’s lived at East Village Place, Bob says he’s never seen anybody leave because they didn’t like it. “What you can do here is, if you are not sure, come here for a month or two. Make up your mind. If you don’t like it then go.” – Bob Harrington
CHECK OUT YOUR OPTIONS
“Come and visit here, visit next-door, go around the corner, there’s all these places. I’m not saying we’re the best but I would never leave here. To me this is the best and we looked long and hard, my daughter and myself. So any of you people out there that are really looking or thinking, you can even come and visit me. I’d be glad to sit and talk with you in my apartment or in the library or you could even come and have lunch with me someday.” – Bob Harrington
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Bob over a drink at the Sky View Lounge or cappuccino in the Citrus Café. Just call 1-413-754-4916 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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