Better care… and a place for his trees
Tony and his wife had discussed the idea of a retirement community after he retired. The couple had researched Forest Hill, but when Tony’s wife passed away in 2010, he decided to stay in their home. But Tony soon discovered it was difficult to stay active, to socialize, and to maintain a proper diet. His children noticed it as well, and encouraged him to take another look at Forest Hill.
Tony was reminded of the excellent health care, the activities, the social events and opportunities for travel. He even found that the community would be able to make a place for some of the 80 Bonsai trees he had cultivated over a period of decades.
With that in mind, Tony moved to Forest Hill in 2012.
Taking charge of your own plan
Tony admits that it can be a little overwhelming for people to take the first steps toward moving out of a family home, and his children helped to nudge him in the right direction. He has become a strong advocate for having a plan for retirement and not just letting it happen.
He also notes that people shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help, which he did when it came time to prepare for the actual move; in fact, Forest Hill brought in a professional downsizing and relocation team called Gentle Transitions into his home and worked with Tony to fit his belongings into his new space.