Saturday, March 31, 2007

Grandma's Pleasure Palace

My mother has finally moved into her new digs, a senior citizens residence.

Oh my god, I should be so lucky when I retire, if I can afford to retire, that is! In fact, I'd happily move in now and save everyone the trouble of setting me up later!

For $1200.00CDN a month, she has a lovely large furnished room with her own private balcony and plenty of space for her personal possessions. They also provide three squares a day, housekeeping and laundry, regular outings, evening entertainment, library service, exercise classes, group activities and who knows what else.

Meanwhile she's still trying to get "better" so she can go home ... sigh.

Does the word "denial" come to mind?

Anyway, this place is great! And, frankly I'm surprised that some enterprising individual hasn't clued into the fact, that those who haven't retired might like this type of arrangement!

Think about it. You rent an apartment, pay a little extra, and get all these services built in. Maid service, a gym and spa, meals in a restaurant in the building or picked up to eat in your apartment, a lounge or club with entertainment in the building where you can hang out and meet your neighbors after work ... the possibilities are endless.

I'd move in as long as they didn't gouge me! Keep the extra rate reasonable, and this could be a very profitable venture, especially if you target the empty nester market!

Let's face it, we lead busy lives these days and don't have the time our parents had to take care of business.

And when our aging population is ready to retire, who needs a seniors' residence ... we're already there :).

There must be some enterprising developers out there who would be willing to try out this idea?

Let me know when you set it up, I'll be the first one to move in!

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