GIVE YOURSELF A CHANCE TO BE INDEPENDENT
You can do a lot more in a supportive community than you can do living by yourself.
“I just love people, love being around them.” – Alice Smith, resident of The Fountains at The Albemarle
MEET ALICE SMITH, AN UNRETIRING NURSE WHO ENJOYS HER WORRY FREE FOUNTAINS LIFESTYLE.
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 Alice Smith on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Alice was nine years old in 1939 when her family moved to North Carolina from Philadelphia. Not only was it a big change from city life, it was also a shocking introduction to segregation. After graduating from Tarboro High School in 1948 she attended St. Agnes School of Nursing in Raleigh, fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. Alice moved back to Philadelphia in 1952 and worked at the VA Hospital there for 20 years, raising two sons. She returned to Edgecombe County to be with her mother after her father died. A resident of The Fountains since last September, Alice says “nurses never really retire,” but she sure is thankful that she no longer has to cook or drive!
WHY GO IT ALONE?
When Alice Smith found herself alone in the family house after her elderly mother passed away, she knew it was only a matter of time before she had to resituate. Living alone not only made her fearful, it was making her lonely, too. Since moving to The Fountains at The Albemarle, Alice has enjoyed being in the company of friends, both neighbors and associates. Having worked as a nurse herself, she enjoys visiting with those receiving care in The Springs and offering them a smile. She also enjoys the freedom of being able to hop on the community van to go shopping or out to dinner in Rocky Mount. To be so independent and well cared for at 86 years of age is something she considers a blessing. Wouldn’t you? “First you have to make up your mind. You can’t be by yourself.” – Alice Smith
PEOPLE YOU CAN DEPEND ON
Even though Alice moved to The Fountains in order to be independent, she takes comfort in knowing she is surrounded by people she can depend on whenever she needs them. With that peace of mind, she goes about her days without a worry, participating in crafts classes and attending group outings with her neighbors. “If you fall here, right away someone is there for you. The help is beautiful, wonderful and devoted to their jobs that they are doing and so that is a blessing right there in itself, that you can depend on someone.” – Alice Smith
Getting used to new surroundings can be hard at first, but as Alice discovered, with a little time, you feel right at home and best of all, safe and secure. For all these reasons and more, Alice is glad she is here and her sons are, too. “It’s just a blessing to know that you have a safe surrounding and other people around you. It’s such a big family.” – Alice Smith
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Alice in person over a cup of gourmet coffee or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-252-377-4396 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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