By Liza Kaufman Hogan, Next Avenue Contributor
Pamela and Richard Goetsch weren’t planning on moving to a retirement community. She was in her mid-50s and he was in his mid-60s, working as a lawyer for BP/Amoco, enjoying life shuttling between their Cleveland home and a high-rise apartment in Chicago. They knew they would need to downsize at some point, but it wasn’t on their radar.
Then they heard about a development going up near their Cleveland home for empty nesters like themselves. They could continue to live in a house; wouldn’t have to worry about a lawn or home repairs and would never need to move again.
The development, known as a continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, offered several levels of care so they could live independently and — if and when they needed it —move to an on-site, assisted living facility or nursing home.
South Franklin Circle had charming cottages, beautiful landscaping, a fitness center and a restaurant good enough to attract outside diners. The couple sold their home and moved into one of the cottages. They’ve been living at South Franklin Circle for four years and find that it suits them.
“When we travel, we lock the door and walk away knowing that the house will be looked after and we have no worries,” Pamela says, adding that when she’s home, “You can pick up the phone and have someone change your light bulb if you want to.”
She liked it so much that when her parents were no longer able to continue living in their home, they moved to their own apartment in South Franklin Circle.