Thought I’d tell you a little bit more about this Independent Living Place at the Isles of Vero Beach. We are located about 2 miles from I95 and about 12 min. from the ocean. Our complex is huge…like four buildings all connected, three stories high. All the apartments have a sun porch. Some of the porches are enclosed like mine, but some on the first floor have screened in porches with a little patio area. The apartments are really spacious and cute. Our apartment has one huge bedroom with walk in closet and a full bath. We also have a den which houses an extra single bed, three curio cabinets, a chair, lamp, and my computer desk/etc. There is a door to this room but no closet. The den also has a large window and a door to the patio.
Our sunroom is really nice. It holds another single bed, a desk (with my doll house on it), a table and lamp, and my c-pap equipment on one end on a table. The entire room has windows! there is also a huge storage area that could hold a washer and dryer, or you could use it as a storage room like we do. There is free laundry with washers and dryers on each floor.
We have another full bath with shower, a full kitchen (mine has room for a table and chairs and a baker’s rack.) Our living room/dining room is one big area. Since we eat all our meals downstairs in our dining room, we have a drop leaf table and four chairs available if we want to have company for cards/games. We usually just use the card room for that.
I really enjoy it here and stay very busy. I am the new President of the residents’ association that meets together with all the people once a month. I also teach a Bible Study on Tuesday nights and I host a story telling session on Sat. afternoons when different people here tell us about their life story. It’s a lot of fun and everyone who comes enjoys it. This Sat. we are having a couple tell about Madagascar…where they lived for awhile in the Peace Corp! Frank and I play cards/Mexican train with them once a week and they have an interesting story to tell.
I also stay busy with exercise (bike in our gym). On Thurs. we go to a home group from church. We spend about two hours at church on Sundays. It’s a great Vineyard Christian church which has awesome music!
We enjoy entertainment at least once a week, root beer floats on Wed. afternoons, wii bowling (our team bowls on Fridays), horse racing on Wed., Bingo three nights a week, craft classes on Monday afternoon (this week we’re making Kentucky Derby hats to wear to our Kentucky Derby party), and other things that happen for special holidays.
We have a chapel and service three times a month with communion once a month. We also have a beauty parlor with three hairdressers and a nail tech. The pool is open year round and is heated. We have water aerobics twice a week from April to Oct. We have a bus that is available for dr. appt. and shopping trips. We also have a car that is available, too. You really don’t need a car here.
If you are considering retirement, this is a great place to live…We have folks from 65 to 102 !! We even have an apartment or two for rental when we have lots of company. Small charge includes meals. Sounds like paradise, doesn’t it? It sure seems like it each week when someone vacuums, cleans the toilets, and changes the linens!!