By Anita Courtney, a resident of VRS Seniors Communities (which owns and operates Charles Manor, Penticton)
My name is Anita Courtney and I have lived at a VRS Seniors Community for just over two years. I was both humbled and thrilled to be able to speak publicly about my decision to move to this community.
Prior to arriving at a VRS Seniors Community, I suffered a stroke that left me unable to perform the tasks that go part and parcel with daily life. Like many seniors, I was extremely reluctant to exchange the independent life I had for one that would now be spent in what a common stigma refers to as a “home” for the elderly.
With a healthy amount of persuasion from my children, I am grateful to have found my place in a community that is, indeed, a home but it has become my home in every wonderful sense of the word!
I grew up in Kelowna and gave more than 30 years of my life to a career in nursing. It was the most rewarding experience I could have ever hoped for and having worked in care, I can fully appreciate the many moving parts of the seniors housing industry and what it takes to build and maintain a community at a seniors’ residence.
My absolute favourite part of living here is the safety component. Despite COVID-19, VRS Seniors Community residents have been able to enjoy a community lifestyle. The management and staff are approachable and always place our needs and safety at the forefront of their agenda – this is our home, and they truly provide the services that make us feel special.
After two wonderful years at my VRS Seniors Community, I have made many meaningful human connections and can only say to those of you who are on the fence and afraid of transitioning to seniors housing, “do not wait too long!” Come speak with the friendly people
We look forward to meeting you!
For more information Charles Manor, visit CharlesManor.ca