Meet Norman Zacour, a client of Gordon's Estate Services. This was his answer when posed the question: What tips would you give someone who is considering downsizing or moving into a retirement residence?
"I would probably tell them my own experience and how I feel about it. I think as far as moving in, the best tip I can give them is to go see Cathy. She’ll tell you whether you’ll be able to fit all of these things in or not, and so on. You wont have to say “I wonder, I hope, I wonder, I hope etc.” Just ask somebody who’s really in the game: someone who’s really done a lot of it, and Cathy is. I’m only using her because she’s the one I know, but there are people who will be able to give you advice about your baggage, and by baggage I don’t mean just suitcases, but the baggage that is your life. How much of that life are you going to be able to carry with you and how much you’re going to have to say goodbye to?
Now, I don’t think this can be done ahead of time. I think this has to be done by a person who knows how, and who is willing to share that knowledge and talk about it. That can be done in many ways; many of us who are reaching this age know a lot of people who are already moved in, and they should be speaking to them. They ought to go and get in the place and see what it’s like. Nothing takes the place of that.
Standing outside and admiring Fox Run in Gananoque is nice and going inside is even nicer, but I have no Idea if I want to live there or not unless I’ve spent a little time. Now this place, and I’m sure others do as well, has all kinds of activities where they invite outsiders in and you ought to take advantage of that. My advice would be go have a coffee or an apple pie, see a concert whatever it is. Just go and see the place."