LIFE IS BETTER WITH FRIENDS
If you spend more time with the newspaper than you do in pleasant company, it’s time you explored your retirement
“I got an invitation to come to Woodbury Mews for lunch and find out what the place was like. And before the day was out, when I walked out the door here from the living room, I said to myself, ‘I can see you in here.’ And here I am.” – Helen Mountney, resident of Woodbury Mews
MEET HELEN MOUNTNEY, A HADDONFIELD NATIVE WHO IS LOVING HER CONTINUED INDEPENDENCE SURROUNDED BY NEW FRIENDS AT WOODBURY MEWS.
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 Helen Mountney on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Helen grew up in a small town five miles from Philadelphia. After marrying in 1954, she and her husband purchased Helen’s family home and raised their three children there. Helen worked as a secretary and was active in scouting. When she was widowed nine years ago, Helen kept busy with volunteer work at the Historical Society of Haddonfield. Meanwhile, the responsibilities of owning her own old home weighed heavily. Last summer, she traded those burdens for worry free living at Woodbury Mews, where she enjoys dining on chef-prepared meals with friends and indulging her passion for writing. Intrigued by Woodbury Mews’ history, she might even tackle the subject for her next book.
EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS
It’s great to stay up to date on current events, but when the newspaper headlines are your only company for breakfast nearly every day, as they were for Helen Mountney, you know you need to get out more. That’s the thing about growing older. Losing friends and perhaps even your spouse may happen, but you don’t have to be alone. You can choose to surround yourself with fun neighbors and caring associates with one wise move. Selecting the right retirement community can fill a lot more than your social calendar. It can save you from worrisome and expensive home repairs, property taxes and so much more. “It’s so much nicer to be eating meals every day with people and not watching television. In the morning I always read the Philadelphia paper but now I usually have someone to eat with for breakfast.” – Helen Mountney
LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR NEXT CHAPTER
Helen’s house had been in her family for 87 years and she might have used five years to purge and pack if she’d had that luxury, but it sold in two days! And just like that, she moved to Woodbury Mews. Now, instead of worrying about heating oil and home repairs, she makes one phone call whenever she needs anything and writes one monthly check. Helen appreciates having her own kitchen, though she rarely uses it and while she drives herself, if she ever prefers not to, transportation is available. “You can do what you want, when you want and if you want, here…. And you can come and go as you please.” – Helen Mountney
GOOD ADVICE FOR PLANNING AHEAD
Don’t wait to begin exploring options for your best future. Take Helen’s advice. “I suggest they look at a place and think about, are they alone, are they eating alone every day, do they enjoy that or do they like to have company? Do they want to cook the rest of their life or would they rather have the opportunity to have sociability at the meals? I hadn’t really even looked at retirement homes, but when I heard the basic things that went on here, I really liked it. And I have been able to make friends easily here.” – Helen Mountney
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Helen in person over coffee or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-856-491-4920 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.