Monday, June 2, 2014

FOUND A NEW ASSISTED LIVING HOME!!

I made it! My new assisted living home is spectacular. Of course, you get what you pay for, but as one senior said who was sitting in my new and LARGE bistro, "It is expensive here, but it is worth it."
So, I will beg, borrow, and try to win the lottery to stay here as long as I can.

The previous home was all I could afford at the time. It went through a new manager every year, a new chef ever 3-6 months, the entire staff came and went much too quickly for any stability of service. It became a disaster.

While I became close to some of the residents here, many were, well, disgusting. Not their fault, but they could,on any given day leave a trail of vomit, urine, or solid waste, that would go uncleaned by any staff.

Poor management leads to unhappy staff who take a "whatever" attitude. One maintenance couple left and according to sources, took many of our holiday decorations. The place just became sad. It seemed clear to me that the owner was ready to wipe his hands of the building (which sits on prime real estate) and that was my signal to look elsewhere.

Seattle stole my heart many years ago. My partner of almost 35 years (yes, the world finally changed and we will marry by month's end) and I have lived in many of the diverse neighborhoods here. The one we spent the last 5 years in is not my favorite.

For one thing the place our home was located was so isolated. No where to GO to. You will see in previous posts that I rode my power chair down busy street (in bike lane) because the sidewalks were so rough, and still closest hang out was one Starbuck's. I felt trapped.

Our favorite neighborhood was downtown, but we can't afford that. Next was "Ballard," where we once owned a small condo. When we sold it we said, "One day when we are older, we will return." (The majority of population was over 70 at the time.)

We have returned. We are not as old as we imagined, but I'm guessing the majority here is MUCH younger, because the Yuppies discovered Ballard. A new Google building is just blocks away and expensive condos sprung up like weeds during the 22 years we were gone.

Ballard has changed but the part we loved remains---small town feel, small businesses, LOTS within just a block. WE ARE FREE!!

 more to come...

6 comments:

Muffie said...

I made it! My new assisted living home is spectacular. Of course, you get what you pay for, but as one senior said who was sitting in my new and LARGE bistro, "It is expensive here, but it is worth it."
So, I will beg, borrow, and try to win the lottery to stay here as long as I can.

The previous home was all I could afford at the time. It went through a new manager every year, a new chef ever 3-6 months, the entire staff came and went much too quickly for any stability of service. It became a disaster.

While I became close to some of the residents here, many were, well, disgusting. Not their fault, but they could,on any given day leave a trail of vomit, urine, or solid waste, that would go uncleaned by any staff.

Poor management leads to unhappy staff who take a "whatever" attitude. One maintenance couple left and according to sources, took many of our holiday decorations. The place just became sad. It seemed clear to me that the owner was ready to wipe his hands of the building (which sits on prime real estate) and that was my signal to look elsewhere.

Seattle stole my heart many years ago. My partner of almost 35 years (yes, the world finally changed and we will marry by month's end) and I have lived in many of the diverse neighborhoods here. The one we spent the last 5 years in is not my favorite.

For one thing the place our home was located was so isolated. No where to GO to. You will see in previous posts that I rode my power chair down busy street (in bike lane) because the sidewalks were so rough, and still closest hang out was one Starbuck's. I felt trapped.

Our favorite neighborhood was downtown, but we can't afford that. Next was "Ballard," where we once owned a small condo. When we sold it we said, "One day when we are older, we will return." (The majority of population was over 70 at the time.)

We have returned. We are not as old as we imagined, but I'm guessing the majority here is MUCH younger, because the Yuppies discovered Ballard. A new Google building is just blocks away and expensive condos sprung up like weeds during the 22 years we were gone.

Ballard has changed but the part we loved remains---small town feel, small businesses, LOTS within just a block. WE ARE FREE!!

 more to come...

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OldLady Of The Hills said...

I made it! My new assisted living home is spectacular. Of course, you get what you pay for, but as one senior said who was sitting in my new and LARGE bistro, "It is expensive here, but it is worth it."
So, I will beg, borrow, and try to win the lottery to stay here as long as I can.

The previous home was all I could afford at the time. It went through a new manager every year, a new chef ever 3-6 months, the entire staff came and went much too quickly for any stability of service. It became a disaster.

While I became close to some of the residents here, many were, well, disgusting. Not their fault, but they could,on any given day leave a trail of vomit, urine, or solid waste, that would go uncleaned by any staff.

Poor management leads to unhappy staff who take a "whatever" attitude. One maintenance couple left and according to sources, took many of our holiday decorations. The place just became sad. It seemed clear to me that the owner was ready to wipe his hands of the building (which sits on prime real estate) and that was my signal to look elsewhere.

Seattle stole my heart many years ago. My partner of almost 35 years (yes, the world finally changed and we will marry by month's end) and I have lived in many of the diverse neighborhoods here. The one we spent the last 5 years in is not my favorite.

For one thing the place our home was located was so isolated. No where to GO to. You will see in previous posts that I rode my power chair down busy street (in bike lane) because the sidewalks were so rough, and still closest hang out was one Starbuck's. I felt trapped.

Our favorite neighborhood was downtown, but we can't afford that. Next was "Ballard," where we once owned a small condo. When we sold it we said, "One day when we are older, we will return." (The majority of population was over 70 at the time.)

We have returned. We are not as old as we imagined, but I'm guessing the majority here is MUCH younger, because the Yuppies discovered Ballard. A new Google building is just blocks away and expensive condos sprung up like weeds during the 22 years we were gone.

Ballard has changed but the part we loved remains---small town feel, small businesses, LOTS within just a block. WE ARE FREE!!

 more to come...

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Ami said...

I made it! My new assisted living home is spectacular. Of course, you get what you pay for, but as one senior said who was sitting in my new and LARGE bistro, "It is expensive here, but it is worth it."
So, I will beg, borrow, and try to win the lottery to stay here as long as I can.

The previous home was all I could afford at the time. It went through a new manager every year, a new chef ever 3-6 months, the entire staff came and went much too quickly for any stability of service. It became a disaster.

While I became close to some of the residents here, many were, well, disgusting. Not their fault, but they could,on any given day leave a trail of vomit, urine, or solid waste, that would go uncleaned by any staff.

Poor management leads to unhappy staff who take a "whatever" attitude. One maintenance couple left and according to sources, took many of our holiday decorations. The place just became sad. It seemed clear to me that the owner was ready to wipe his hands of the building (which sits on prime real estate) and that was my signal to look elsewhere.

Seattle stole my heart many years ago. My partner of almost 35 years (yes, the world finally changed and we will marry by month's end) and I have lived in many of the diverse neighborhoods here. The one we spent the last 5 years in is not my favorite.

For one thing the place our home was located was so isolated. No where to GO to. You will see in previous posts that I rode my power chair down busy street (in bike lane) because the sidewalks were so rough, and still closest hang out was one Starbuck's. I felt trapped.

Our favorite neighborhood was downtown, but we can't afford that. Next was "Ballard," where we once owned a small condo. When we sold it we said, "One day when we are older, we will return." (The majority of population was over 70 at the time.)

We have returned. We are not as old as we imagined, but I'm guessing the majority here is MUCH younger, because the Yuppies discovered Ballard. A new Google building is just blocks away and expensive condos sprung up like weeds during the 22 years we were gone.

Ballard has changed but the part we loved remains---small town feel, small businesses, LOTS within just a block. WE ARE FREE!!

 more to come...

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Webster said...

I made it! My new assisted living home is spectacular. Of course, you get what you pay for, but as one senior said who was sitting in my new and LARGE bistro, "It is expensive here, but it is worth it."
So, I will beg, borrow, and try to win the lottery to stay here as long as I can.

The previous home was all I could afford at the time. It went through a new manager every year, a new chef ever 3-6 months, the entire staff came and went much too quickly for any stability of service. It became a disaster.

While I became close to some of the residents here, many were, well, disgusting. Not their fault, but they could,on any given day leave a trail of vomit, urine, or solid waste, that would go uncleaned by any staff.

Poor management leads to unhappy staff who take a "whatever" attitude. One maintenance couple left and according to sources, took many of our holiday decorations. The place just became sad. It seemed clear to me that the owner was ready to wipe his hands of the building (which sits on prime real estate) and that was my signal to look elsewhere.

Seattle stole my heart many years ago. My partner of almost 35 years (yes, the world finally changed and we will marry by month's end) and I have lived in many of the diverse neighborhoods here. The one we spent the last 5 years in is not my favorite.

For one thing the place our home was located was so isolated. No where to GO to. You will see in previous posts that I rode my power chair down busy street (in bike lane) because the sidewalks were so rough, and still closest hang out was one Starbuck's. I felt trapped.

Our favorite neighborhood was downtown, but we can't afford that. Next was "Ballard," where we once owned a small condo. When we sold it we said, "One day when we are older, we will return." (The majority of population was over 70 at the time.)

We have returned. We are not as old as we imagined, but I'm guessing the majority here is MUCH younger, because the Yuppies discovered Ballard. A new Google building is just blocks away and expensive condos sprung up like weeds during the 22 years we were gone.

Ballard has changed but the part we loved remains---small town feel, small businesses, LOTS within just a block. WE ARE FREE!!

 more to come...

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Gwendolyn Monangai said...

I made it! My new assisted living home is spectacular. Of course, you get what you pay for, but as one senior said who was sitting in my new and LARGE bistro, "It is expensive here, but it is worth it."
So, I will beg, borrow, and try to win the lottery to stay here as long as I can.

The previous home was all I could afford at the time. It went through a new manager every year, a new chef ever 3-6 months, the entire staff came and went much too quickly for any stability of service. It became a disaster.

While I became close to some of the residents here, many were, well, disgusting. Not their fault, but they could,on any given day leave a trail of vomit, urine, or solid waste, that would go uncleaned by any staff.

Poor management leads to unhappy staff who take a "whatever" attitude. One maintenance couple left and according to sources, took many of our holiday decorations. The place just became sad. It seemed clear to me that the owner was ready to wipe his hands of the building (which sits on prime real estate) and that was my signal to look elsewhere.

Seattle stole my heart many years ago. My partner of almost 35 years (yes, the world finally changed and we will marry by month's end) and I have lived in many of the diverse neighborhoods here. The one we spent the last 5 years in is not my favorite.

For one thing the place our home was located was so isolated. No where to GO to. You will see in previous posts that I rode my power chair down busy street (in bike lane) because the sidewalks were so rough, and still closest hang out was one Starbuck's. I felt trapped.

Our favorite neighborhood was downtown, but we can't afford that. Next was "Ballard," where we once owned a small condo. When we sold it we said, "One day when we are older, we will return." (The majority of population was over 70 at the time.)

We have returned. We are not as old as we imagined, but I'm guessing the majority here is MUCH younger, because the Yuppies discovered Ballard. A new Google building is just blocks away and expensive condos sprung up like weeds during the 22 years we were gone.

Ballard has changed but the part we loved remains---small town feel, small businesses, LOTS within just a block. WE ARE FREE!!

 more to come...

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Diane J Standiford said...

I made it! My new assisted living home is spectacular. Of course, you get what you pay for, but as one senior said who was sitting in my new and LARGE bistro, "It is expensive here, but it is worth it."
So, I will beg, borrow, and try to win the lottery to stay here as long as I can.

The previous home was all I could afford at the time. It went through a new manager every year, a new chef ever 3-6 months, the entire staff came and went much too quickly for any stability of service. It became a disaster.

While I became close to some of the residents here, many were, well, disgusting. Not their fault, but they could,on any given day leave a trail of vomit, urine, or solid waste, that would go uncleaned by any staff.

Poor management leads to unhappy staff who take a "whatever" attitude. One maintenance couple left and according to sources, took many of our holiday decorations. The place just became sad. It seemed clear to me that the owner was ready to wipe his hands of the building (which sits on prime real estate) and that was my signal to look elsewhere.

Seattle stole my heart many years ago. My partner of almost 35 years (yes, the world finally changed and we will marry by month's end) and I have lived in many of the diverse neighborhoods here. The one we spent the last 5 years in is not my favorite.

For one thing the place our home was located was so isolated. No where to GO to. You will see in previous posts that I rode my power chair down busy street (in bike lane) because the sidewalks were so rough, and still closest hang out was one Starbuck's. I felt trapped.

Our favorite neighborhood was downtown, but we can't afford that. Next was "Ballard," where we once owned a small condo. When we sold it we said, "One day when we are older, we will return." (The majority of population was over 70 at the time.)

We have returned. We are not as old as we imagined, but I'm guessing the majority here is MUCH younger, because the Yuppies discovered Ballard. A new Google building is just blocks away and expensive condos sprung up like weeds during the 22 years we were gone.

Ballard has changed but the part we loved remains---small town feel, small businesses, LOTS within just a block. WE ARE FREE!!

 more to come...

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