THINK OUTSIDE YOURSELF
Whether you’re in favor of or opposed to moving to a retirement community, your decision impacts the ones you love.
“Your kids, especially if they’re living somewhere else, they want to know you’re in a place where you can get help if you need it and have transportation and be getting good meals.” – Carol Barzeele, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET CAROL BARZEELE, A RETIRED SPEECH THERAPIST WHO MADE HER RETIREMENT MOVE ACCORDING TO PLAN.
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 Carol Barzeele on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
A methodical approach to life has always worked for Carol Barzeele. After studying art at Pomona College, she taught elementary school in California, then she married and took time off to raise three children. As soon as her youngest started school, Carol rekindled her studies, earning special credentials in speech and language. That led to 15 years as a speech therapist. By the time Carol’s husband was transferred to Tucson
by Hughes Aircraft in 1994, she was ready to rekindle her interest in art, enrolling in stained glass and watercolor painting classes. They were already planning their move to a retirement community when her husband passed away in 2006.
GOOD PLANS START WITH FRANK DISCUSSIONS
Carol Barzeele’s parents had always said they would move into a retirement community “when the time came.” However, pinpointing the right time became a matter of family debate. “[My parents] were kind of ‘on the fence,’ as you say, and so my brother and his wife and my husband and I sat down and talked to them and said, ‘You know, you’re thinking about yourselves, you’re not thinking about your partner, and dad if you went first, do you think mom could manage the house, the car care and all of that herself? And reversing the question, mom if you went first, you think dad could cook all of his meals and take care of his laundry and the house?’ They thought about that for a day or two and then they called us and said, ‘Well, yeah I guess we should think about this.’” – Carol Barzeele
MAKE A PLAN BEFORE YOU’RE READY
Carol and her husband planned to move to a retirement community together because they didn’t want their kids to make that decision for them if they could make it themselves. “We had been planning to start looking at retirement communities at that point, thinking ahead a year or two and so after he passed away I had all the stuff I had to take care of and sell the house. But my in-laws had moved to Tucson in the meantime and they were looking at retirement communities and so they said, ‘Come look with us’ and that’s how I happened to see The Fountains, even before I was ready to make the move myself.” – Carole Barzeele
STICK WITH THE PLAN
Carol found the ideal casita for herself and Cosmo, her beloved Cocker Spaniel. In 2007, they moved in and made instant friends with other dog lovers during their morning walks. Their circle soon widened to include members of the hospitality and food service committees, on which Carol served. Her move has made both Carol and her children happy. “I’ve enjoyed being here and I find a lot of very interesting people. I’m always finding new friends… I think [my children are] glad to have me taken care of and not have to worry about me.” – Carol Barzeele
Meet Carol over a drink in The Catalina Room or cappuccino in the Gallery Café. Just call 1-520-777-1413 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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