Resident Carol White Found Her New Home at The Watermark

But independence means nothing if you’re not free to enjoy it.

“You can do whatever you want. You know, you’re independent. I mean, there’s no question about it, which is nice. I like that.” – Carol White, resident of The Watermark at Logan Square

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 White on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)

Originally from Spokane, Washington, Carol had never lived in a big city before she moved to The Watermark at Logan Square in March of 2015. She chose it for its proximity to her daughter in Rittenhouse. She quickly learned to love the city loop transportation system, providing access to Philadelphia’s rich culture. She likes to make her own breakfast and lunch and meets friends in the dining room most evenings. When the weather is good, she likes to participate in morning group walks three times a week along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. She enjoys the writing class and also takes advantage of physical therapy services, conveniently located right in the building.

As life goes on, routines become engrained. You gravitate toward the familiar because it’s easy. Then one day, you realize that your familiar routine is not nearly as easy – or as fun – as it used to be. The 12-year-old kid inside you wants to go out and play but you’re stuck inside, imprisoned by the same old chores. A better alternative could be staring you in the face, if you open your mind to the possibilities. Retirement community living replaces the mundane with opportunities to live well and thrive. Just as a welcome vacation provides an invigorating change of scenery, your move to the right retirement community, at the right time, can give you unlimited access to a year-round lifestyle that’s both easy and fun. “Come in with an open attitude because I think that’s really important.” – Carol White

Carol moved 16 times for her husband’s job. When their four kids were old enough, she became a Realtor, helping other people relocate, too. Her recent move to Center City from Southport, Connecticut was her first without her late husband. “My husband died a year and a half ago and so that wasn’t that long ago but I just saw no point being there where he had been. People kept saying, “Well are you going to move?” And I’d say, “Well I don’t know.” Then one Saturday last spring, two friends from church came up to her and said, “Well, you going to move?” And Carol surprised herself by saying, “Yes.”

Planning your future is a process worth starting early. When a person procrastinates making a wise decision because it’s hard or they don’t feel “ready,” they risk losing the opportunity to choose altogether. “I think that when I decided to move into a facility, before I had decided on which one, I said, ‘I want to go someplace where I want to go and not be put in someplace when I got incapacitated.’ And I think that’s the main thing, that I had a choice in coming here, so that was helpful to me.” – Carol White


The Watermark is in close proximity to the best physicians and medical services Philadelphia has to offer.DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Carol over a drink at The Mark or coffee in the Gallery Café. Just call 1-215-240-8915 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.

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