Living Her Best Life
Shirley’s fall may have slowed her down a bit, but it didn’t slow her down for long. By the end of her first month at Cedarhurst, Shirley felt right at home. She was so happy to make new friends and discover new things—living life the way she and Joe always had together.
One of the reasons Shirley is so happy at Cedarhurst is because she was able to bring so much of her home—and her Joe—to her new apartment. Joe had many hobbies and interests that ranged from flying planes to making beautiful wood furniture and watercolor painting. His art and his wood creations surround Shirley in her new apartment that she has decorated exactly how she wants. She adores showing off Joe’s beautiful watercolors, especially the one that is an abstract painting of their beloved home and the area surrounding it.
Being able to truly make her new apartment her own—and telling stories about each beautiful treasure that Joe left behind—is something Shirley loves. And at Cedarhurst, there’s always someone there to listen, whether it’s one of her new resident friends or the friendly staff.
Another big plus for Shirley is that much of her family is close by, because she was able to move into a Cedarhurst community close to home. And for her great-grandchildren who live out of state? Shirley’s a tech-savvy great-grandma, and she uses her phone or iPad to communicate with them whenever she wants.
The move to Cedarhurst Assisted Living didn’t cut off Shirley from the family time she was used to. She sees her loved ones now as often as she did when she lived in her home by herself, except now she has tons of new friends to keep her company when her family isn’t visiting.
Shirley also enjoys all of the activities, services, and social opportunities living at Cedarhurst brings. She gets to live the exact lifestyle she wants, and she gets to kick up her heels and truly enjoy life thanks to the reassurance of knowing that help is always available when she needs it.
She also appreciates that she doesn’t have to deal with the many household chores she had to do when she was living by herself. Shirley is glad to let the Cedarhurst staff take care of things like yard work, cleaning, cooking, and laundry—a major perk of the assisted living lifestyle. However, even though the staff at Cedarhurst will gladly change her bed linens, Shirley chooses to do that task herself. “As long as I’m able to do it, I’m going to do it,” she said with a grin.