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.
New Year, New You- Keeping Your Resolutions Back
The end of the year is the ideal time to map out your course for the upcoming year and reflect on the previous journey of the last one. The tradition of New Year’s resolution typically promises a fresh start every January 1st. This is a time to renew lost commitments and begin new ones, goals or even dreams. If you are one of the many people who make huge lists and find them hard to stick to, these five simple tips will help set your intentions straight and aid you in following them for the rest of the year.
Chart the Course — Take a moment to reflect on the progress or small changes you have made in the past year. Write your New Year’s resolutions on a sticky note on your desktop or mirror and look at them each day. Make a diary either in a notebook or in a document that you write in at the end of each day. Note negative and positive steps taken towards your goals while also noting negative and positive emotions you have had throughout the day. This allows you to reflect on your progress in an honest and real way every day.
Set Small Attainable Goals — Many people set gigantic goals for themselves that are so far away from their typical “status quo” that it nearly forces them to fail. For example, if you don’t exercise ever it’s unfair and unrealistic to ask yourself to turn into a fitness buff overnight. Setting goals that are far from where your body honestly is in, in this exact moment engages an all-or-nothing thinking which is a recipe for disaster and failure. If you instead set modest, humble, and attainable goals that are not too far away from where you are today you are more likely to succeed.
Limit Your New Year’s Resolutions to 7, or even 5 — Don’t make a long laundry list of things that you want to set out to do. If you have too many things on the list your intention will get diluted. Choosing only five or seven will force you to limit yourself to things that are at the top of your priority list.
Focus on the Feeling, Not the Actions — Ask yourself this question: How would you feel if all your dreams came true? Focus on the feeling the answer to that question gives you for a moment and keep it in your mind. The reason that we have dreams is because we believe the attainment of them will bring us a sense of relief, peace, accomplishment, love, or any multitude of positive emotions. By focusing on the feeling of your dreams coming true you will attract situations and experiences that will lead you towards the goal you had previously set out to achieve. You will also begin to adapt yourself to the positive emotion of success which can shift your experience of the present moment almost immediately.
Keep it Positive — Focus on what you will do, not what you will not do. What you direct your attention to determines what you will experience. Often phrasing your goals as a negative, leads to more of the activity that you seek to change. Instead focus on the positive actions that will replace the negative ones once they are firmly established in your life.
Happy New Year and here’s to you keeping those resolutions!
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.