WORDS FROM THE WISE
When someone offers sound advice based on real life experience, keep your ears and your mind open.
“I had an aunt that lived in a retirement center around here like this and she knew my situation at home and she said to me, ‘Vonnie, you will know when you’re ready and when you are, do it.’ And she was so right….” – Yvonne Herbold, resident of Pinebrook
MEET YVONNE HERBOLD. HER FORESIGHT, PLANNING AND COURAGE MADE HER FIRST MOVE HER BEST MOVE.
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 Yvonne Herbold on Friday, August 12th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
A 75-year resident of the Cincinnati suburb of Mt. Healthy, Yvonne worked for a publishing company there by day and cared for her aging parents by night. When she was at work, a caregiver saw to their needs. Her dad passed away at 89 and her mom at 94. Yvonne’s mother had lost both legs due to poor circulation, eventually requiring 24-hour nursing care. Having realized how much her mother’s life blossomed in that nursing environment, she decided that she’d entertain the option of a community setting for herself when the time came.
People talk about their move to a retirement community being their last move but imagine if it was your first move! Yvonne Herbold lived 75 years in the same house where she grew up. Never married and an only child, she started exploring her options and discovered Pinebrook early on. That first step led to the first – and best – move for her life. “…so I went over things with my financial advisor and we worked things out and he says, ‘Go for it.’ That’s exactly the words he said, ‘Go for it.’ I said that’s all I needed to hear. I put my house up for sale and it took me three months to sell it and they were so helpful to me over here. I picked the room out and they held it.” – Yvonne Herbold
WHO’S TOO YOUNG?
It was Yvonne’s cousins who convinced her to visit Pinebrook. Even though it was on the other side of town, it was love at first sight. She immediately figured she couldn’t afford it but with some easy calculations and encouragement from her financial adviser, she overcame that hurdle. She worried she might be too young but she moved in anyway. Five wonderful years later, she’s convinced she came at exactly the right time. She’s happy not having to worry about home repairs, lawn mowing or food shopping and she finds plenty of time to dine and play cards with friends. “I came to Pinebrook and it was the best decision I ever made.” – Yvonne Herbold
TREASURES WORTH SEEKING
Until you examine your own options candidly, you can’t possibly know what’s best. Yvonne’s positive experiences with relatives in retirement communities helped open her mind to the possibility that such a lifestyle could be right for her. “…you’ve got to want to see what kind of life there is out there and there is a life out there. I mean, I came here and I thought if my mom and dad would’ve had this, their life would’ve been so much better than what it was.” – Yvonne Herbold
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Yvonne in person over a cup of gourmet coffee or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-513-297-4076 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.