Thomasville-- For many seniors, moving into a retirement community seems like the end of independence. It's that idea that Southern Pines is trying to get away from.
In addition to their memory care neighborhood and assisted living facilities, they now offer The Village, an independent living community.
With four grown children, eight grandkids and eight great grandchildren, Jeanne Bradshaw is not about to sit back and do nothing. "It is so good to be able to do for yourself and to do things," she said.
But there comes a time when its nice to slow down. If that's what you're looking for, independent living might be perfect.
Having your own place at a retirement community offers lots of advantages. "One is that they have a maintenance-free lifestyle, we provide the apartments with all utilities including cable TV and complete maintenance. So if something breaks, our staff is available to repair it or replace it," said Southern Pines executive director Carol Whitney.
Last weekend, Southern Pines celebrated the grand opening of its new addition to the village. "We have a two story building containing twenty-five aptartments that range in size from 800 to 1200 square feet," said Whitney.
The residents of the apartment homes and the victorian cottages next door enjoy housekeeping services, and one meal a day at their brand new club house.
But there's also a sense of security here. "We also have a state of the art wireless emergency call light system for our independent living residents so if they do need help, the security of our staff on campus twenty-four hours a day are available, they're only steps away," said Whitney.
Perhaps the greatest drawing point is the feeling of freedom. "It's just like having my very own home, that I left in Boston," said Bradshaw. She can't imagine another place she'd rather spend her time now than her perfect pink cottage
The Village already has reservations for half of those new twenty-five apartments, but if you'd like to reserve one, call Southern Pines Retirement Community for more information.