I have been a resident at The Barrington for several years and I am a widow. I am happy here; never lonely, very safe, with friends and a caring staff.
Aging Well: Making Smart Choices Back
For many people, aging well is a choice affected by daily decisions, habits, and lifestyle. During your senior years, making smart choices for your body, mind, and spirit enriches your life and brightens the aging process. Of course, there are many things out of our control when we get older, and these changes are inevitable. For example, mental sharpness and reaction time may decline, we lose muscle and bone mass as we get older, digestion slows, balance may become impaired, and vision and hearing may decline. These and other age-related changes may sometimes occur whether we want them to or not. However, there are many smart choices you can make to not only maintain your physical health, but to let your natural charisma and charm radiate.
Smart Choices for Your Body
There are many steps you can take to be proactive when it comes to your physical health. Exercising daily, maintaining a healthy weight, eating fruits and vegetables, staying out of the sun, and decreasing salt intake are a few measures you can take to nurture your body as you age. Dr. Patricia Harris, a geriatrician and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA says that, “Time and again studies show true benefits of not smoking, keeping weight down and keeping major health conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes well controlled.” Take time to visit your doctor, follow their orders, take medication as prescribed, and be intentional when taking care of your body.
Smart Choices for Your Mind
For many people, staying mentally strong while aging is a choice. These regular (if not daily) choices to keep mentally alert definitely take energy and planning, but the benefits are worth it! Studies have shown that mental alertness increases when you maintain good social relationships with active, regular friends. Friends that show you love and provide you with purpose and care improve your mental health. Another smart choice for your mind is to challenge it! Try a new hobby, learn another language, take a class at a community center or local school. Dr. Harris reminds us that,” staying mentally active in some way staves off dementia. It has to be something that continues to engage your brain as you get older.”
Smart Choices for Your Spirit
Many people view aging as an opportunity for inner transformation. This opportunity may be accompanied by joining a church, club, or organization that allows you to deepen your perspective. Decisions such as having gratitude in your heart, being generous and giving back, having a curious attitude about the life around you, and trying to be flexible are choices you can make to nurture your spirit as you age. All of these choices are yours to make, and guess what? It’s never too late to start! You can quit smoking, or start eating healthy today. You owe it to yourself to stay as healthy and happy as possible as you age well.
The first time I walked into the Barrington I had a very warm feeling. The entire staff is very caring and helpful. I enjoy all the activities and social events that we have. I really enjoy the food; our chef does a great job. I feel that there is something for everyone here to in enjoy here at The Barrington. I have made some wonderful friends with the residents and staff. The Barrington is a great place to live.
I came to the Barrington in 2009; this place saved my life. The room my daughter picked out for me overlooks the school and the children who go there. The trees and the surrounding grounds are beautiful. I love to walk outdoors and meditate. I also enjoy our trips to the beaches and parks. I am on the welcoming committee, serve at happy hour, and I go with the Marketing Team to do outreach. This is my home and the staff is my family.
The Barrington in Largo, FL, was recommended to us by A Place for Mom as an option for my parents. My wife and I visited The Barrington for a tour. We were greeted by Sherrie (Regional Supervisor, Tarantino Properties) for our visit. Sherrie was extremely knowledgeable & professional; a great representative for The Barrington. We also met Linda (Nurse Administrator) in order to describe the care needs required for my father. Linda was very understanding of my Dad’s needs and took the time to formulate a care plan for my father. Linda was extremely helpful with a great sense of humor. From the start, we were comfortable with The Barrington. The residents were happy, friendly and outgoing; we even spoke with a couple of them. We were provided with an overview of the facility (both assisted living & independent living) and walked the property. From the front desk staff to the caregivers, all personnel were professional, caring and friendly. Unlike the numerous other ALFs we visited in the Tampa, FL, area, The Barrington offers 1 bedroom apartments; not studios. This makes your “home” feel like HOME not just one room with a bathroom. The units even have small kitchens and screened covered lianas (porches). Very nice touch! The Barrington was very clean; very important to us and my parents. We knew from the time we walked in to The Barrington, this was the place for Mom & Dad. As a result, we scheduled a second visit for my parents to visit the property. My parents were pleasantly surprised with the beauty of the property; large facility surrounded by huge oak trees and even a swimming pool! If you have a vehicle, covered parking is provided; what a bonus. Again, we were greeted by Sherrie; she took the time to show my parents the grounds and treated us all to lunch. …..and a great lunch too! We met the chef and the food was really good. Our server, Jolene, was very personable and even though she did not know my parents, she joked with them and made them feel right at home. The Barrington has a Nurse Practitioner on site as well as a contractor providing on site physical therapy. My wife and I met all healthcare professionals and were pleased with all. How convenient; healthcare professionals on site and you don’t even have to get in the car to go anywhere. The Barrington has complimentary van service that meets everyone’s needs. In conclusion, The Barrington was the place we all decided would be “home” for Mom & Dad. My parents have been residents at The Barrington for about 1 month now and all is good. They have told me the residents are friendly and they like the staff. They have bragged how good the food is….very healthy options and if you don’t like healthy, then you can order a grilled cheese, hamburger or hot dog with onion rings. :o) Of course my parents are going through an adjustment but the staff at The Barrington have made Mom & Dad feel right at home. Since moving in, The Barrington continues to impress. On July 4, they had a cookout for the residents. They have happy hour one evening a week…..even took the residents to a local park for a picnic; also took the residents out for free slushy day offered by the 7-11 store. There is complimentary Wi-Fi offered in the lobby and basic cable tv (BrightHouse) is provided free of charge in each residents room. Bottom line – Mom & Dad’s home cannot be replaced but The Barrington is the next best thing.
I love it here. This place is just like next to heaven. It's as close as you can get.
I love it! Katie and Amber are so helpful and keep me involved. Everyone is so kind here. I love bingo. We have such sweet, sweet people working here. The food is outstanding too!
I love it here. Katie and Amber are the reason I love it here. You both are exactly why I love every day here.
There are just so many activities here that it's hard to choose what to do. I love the poker on Thursday nights. It's been an easy transition for me.
The people that work here are really nice and attentive. I like playing Scrabble and staying busy. Our walking club is really fun. I love being outside. Our walkway around the building is so nice. I always like when they come in and help me get ready for my day in the morning. The Parkinson's program is so nice to get my day started too.
I like the activities here. That's my favorite part. We painted bird houses and now they're in the courtyard. I love the entertainment here. The music is from the right era! I am really happy.