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“It’s like living on a cruise ship,” Carol Lucas, tenant at Mirador for over a year and a half, explains of residing in the independent senior living facility. Sitting on the couch in her well appointed apartment next to her husband of 50 years, Lucas discusses their relatively new lifestyle.
“We loved our home. It was really hard to leave,” shares Carol Lucas. But, as Charles Lucas says, they knew they were getting older, and wanted to have a chance to enjoy all the amenities an independent senior living facility provides. Even so, the transition was tough.
Both in their 70s, they began entertaining the idea of moving out of their house and into an independent senior living facility after some of their friends had made the transition. A member of the Mirador marketing team visited their home and was able to tell them what possessions would fit into their new apartment and where. The Lucases stayed in guest quarters in the complex prior to making their decision, so they could really get the feel of living at Mirador, and Carol Lucas says that experience was a large deciding factor in making the move.
“That was very difficult,” Charles Lucas says, about downsizing so as to fit into their apartment. And the Lucases feel freer, not having so many possessions weighing them down. “When we die, we don’t bury our furniture with us,” Charles Lucas says, laughing.
Residents can cook in their kitchen or have the option of eating in the dining room most days. Seating with friends can be reserved in advance, seniors can dine alone, or they can be directed to occupied tables with open seating. “They make it as comfortable as possible,” says Carol Lucas.
“We’ve sort of taken care of our future here,” Carol Lucas says. Assisted living requires a move to the The Plaza, where memory support, rehabilitation facilities, and skilled nursing care are available. “They have a place for you to fit in, whatever is happening,” explains Carol Lucas.
There are always activities, clubs, and outings, such as a trek to the Texas State Aquarium, a trip to the Corpus Christi Symphony, or a visit to the library. Some residents volunteer or continue to work. “We constantly strive to enhance their lives from physical, intellectual, social and spiritual aspects on a daily basis,” explains Mirador executive director Aaron DeNovellis.
Charles Lucas enjoys the social aspect of living in independent senior living, and the new friends they’ve made. “We’ve met such interesting people,” he says, a note of excitement in his voice. Her advice for those contemplating moving to independent senior living is to, “come early. If you come in and get sick immediately, you don’t get to enjoy what’s provided.” Charles Lucas credits moving to senior living with a longer life, “I think you live longer here, I really do.” “You have a lot of role models for growing older here,” Carol Lucas says, sharing stories of a vibrant resident in her mid 90s. “They stay really active.”