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.
Be Happy Back
Ever heard of the saying, “April showers bring May flowers?”
April sure brought plenty of showers throughout the U.S. during the month and now it’s time for those May flowers to start blooming! Happiness and sunshine will start to shed their light throughout the land. Summer is officially coming and we’ve got some tips for you to make it an unforgettable one! Life hands you plenty of lemons and it’s time to start making lemonade! With these simple tips you will lead not only a happy but a healthy life.
It is important to maintain a healthy life and exercise is KEY in doing so! Studies show that you can benefit from as little as 15 minutes of exercise per day! Can you imagine what 30 minutes would do for you? The great thing is that are so many ways for you to to get the exercise that you need! It is as simple as going for a hike, walk, bike ride, swim, dance, lifting weights, even cleaning! You could be exercising without even knowing you are!
You’re probably thinking to do this you’re going to have to jump out of plane and you certainly don’t have to! Although I hear it is quite the exhilarating experience! Seeking adventure can be as simple as taking a stroll through the park, visiting a new restaurant in town that you haven’t been to, taking a vacation to the beach with family and friends. It’s important that we live our lives to the fullest and see and do as much as we can. It’s never too late to take that European vacation!
Did you know that sleep plays a critical role in the immune system, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions. Adults ages 26 and more should sleep 7-9 hours every night! So go grab your favorite pillow and catch some z’s!
Having confidence and trust in yourself is an admirable quality to have. And you guessed it! It’s healthy! Relieve yourself of all that stress and anxiety and trust that EVERYTHING is going to be alright! Don’t sweat the small stuff! You’re the captain of your own ship! In the words of Fleetwood Mac, “You can go your own way!”
Live in the Moment
Enjoy EVERY moment that you have! Live in the present not the past nor future! Appreciate all the moments, little or big, and cherish them. You’ve got one shot at this life so don’t miss it!
Aristotle once said, “It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.” What are you grateful for? Who are you grateful for? What impact have they had in your life? Let that sink in.
There’s one thing that is consistent in life and that is change! Whether the change in weather, change in the number of your friends/family, change in the color of leaves throughout the season, or change in the way we view the world. So many aspects of our lives are constantly changing and we must accept them and adapt for change can be a beautiful thing!
Have Happy Friends
Surround yourself with positive people! Positivity is contagious, all you need is a little and your hooked. Don’t waste your time on negativity! Spread light and joy to all that you love and care for!
Smile More & Often
Frowning requires more muscles to be used than smiling! Save yourself some energy smile! You’re gorgeous so let it show! One simple smile can brighten yours and someone else’s day! So what are you waiting for? Smile. Laugh. Rejoice!
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.