As people around the globe have learned to adapt to life during the pandemic, many have realized that they must continue moving forward with their lives as best possible.
That’s why Heron’s Key’s new residents, Barbara and Harry Lee, continued to seek out their perfect Life Plan Community, despite the state of the world, and make the big move.
Coming from an active lifestyle of cruising on their boat and spending time in their summer home in Canada, the Lees decided they were ready to downsize into a community that could offer support and health assistance now as well as later in life when they may need it full time.
The Perfect Long-Term Home
“We chose to be proactive about our senior years, to find a beautiful and full-service retirement community with an apartment home we loved,” Barbara said. “We decided to move during the pandemic because we found the perfect living arrangement and knew it will be our home long term.”
Heron’s Key, like many other communities, has been working hard to make sure their residents are properly informed and protected, and staff trained on the safety and health measures during this time. The community has advanced health and visitation protocols, while still tending to the luxurious lifestyle that they promise.
“Our team is working diligently to make sure every resident receives hot, delicious meals as they would if dining rooms were open, ensuring they are able to connect with loved ones, and hosting virtual happy hours and exercise classes to keep them socially connected and active,” said Stacy Edwards, Heron’s Key’s Marketing and Sales Director.
Much has changed since March of 2020 when restrictions were put in place, including the way many communities execute tours, transactions, and the moving process. But the teams within the communities have dedicated their time to keep residents healthy and happy with consistent, individual care.
“I Decided It Was Time”
Don Conner, a new resident at Heron’s Key, had originally put his move on hold in hopes that the pandemic would quickly pass but changed his mind after just a couple months. He reconsidered waiting due to feeling disenchanted with maintenance and upkeep in his large home without access to reliable service workers that feared the effects of the virus.
In April, Don was advised that protocols were in place that would allow him a short visit to view the various apartments available at Heron’s Key. During his visit, he received information on how the deposits and bridging loan program worked and had the opportunity to see how the residents were living at the community with social distancing and Zoom meetings.
“Since my life at home had the same restrictions as they had, I decided it was time to make the move to Heron’s Key,” Don said. “When the local charity thrift stores reopened for donations in late May, I began planning my move while also submitting my application and deposit to the senior community. From then on, it was just hard work until I had downsized, packed and moved out of my house and into my new apartment.”
Don says from day one, he was welcomed by everyone that he came across at Heron’s Key whether it was walking around campus, or in Zoom gatherings.
“After less than five quick months, I feel that I’m a member of the community, extremely happy about my move and looking forward to when we can start socializing together in person,” Don said.
We encourage you to keep exploring the Heron’s Key lifestyle here on our website. If you’re ready to start a conversation with us, we’d love to hear from you!
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