THINK AHEAD AND ACT NOW
The biggest mistake people make in planning their future in a retirement community is starting the process too late.
“I would say that if we had it to do all over again knowing everything we do I would probably want to have come here a little bit sooner because I like the place.” – Hugh Smith, resident of Pinebrook
MEET HUGH AND RIONA SMITH, A FUN-LOVING COUPLE WITH A DELIGHTFUL SCOTTISH BROGUE.
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 Hugh and Riona Smith on Friday, May 6th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Hugh and Riona were married in Scotland and immigrated to New York City in 1967. With a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Glasgow, Hugh enjoyed a career with Sun Chemical while Riona worked as a dietician before becoming an antique dealer, appraiser and gemologist. Together, they also pursued Christian leadership for many years. For 27 years, they lived only a few miles from Pinebrook, in a large ranch home on 2.5 acres. Since moving in a year ago July, they are greatly relieved of home and yard maintenance and most of all, feel secure knowing that, with assisted living available on site, they can remain together regardless of what the future holds.
BEGIN TODAY AND BE HAPPY WITH YOUR CHOICE
They say prevention is the best medicine. Instead of waiting too long to start researching your retirement living options, why not begin your research today and plan your best future before it’s knocking on your door? “So we came here before we needed to come and because our house, we had a lovely long ranch house and two-and-a-half acres and there was upkeep to it. You know, eventually we had a gardener come to cut the grass and mulch and weed and trim the bushes…It dawned on us, you know, there so many things attached to having property that either we have to do or to hire people to do it that this sounded very appealing. We’re both very active and we enjoy people so this was a good choice and we’re so glad we made it.” – Riona Smith
WORTH THE MOVE
Regardless of the size of your move, the end result is worth it. Just ask Riona and Hugh. Having been antique dealers, their home and basement were filled with items they had to get rid of to downsize into their two-bedroom apartment. Riona took to eBay to sell her collection of more than 750 books on antiques, followed by a three-day yard sale. They had plenty of help and in the end, it was worth it because now they’re situated where they want to be and all that work is behind them. “So we have our favorite things and we don’t feel at all that we are missing what we didn’t take.” – Riona Smith
NEVER GIVE UP
No two retirement communities are alike so if at first you don’t succeed, the proverb reminds you to try, try again. So it was with Hugh and Riona’s search for the right retirement community. If they hadn’t stuck with it, they might still be messing around with weeds, insects, radon gas and other homeowner challenges rather than enjoying their active life of leisure surrounded by friends at Pinebrook. “Before we came to Pinebrook we had the opportunity of looking at some other retirement communities and we were appalled at some of the things we saw.” – Hugh Smith
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Hugh and Riona 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.