Last week I wrote the first in a series of posts about independent living communities to consider moving to when you’re tired of taking care of a larger home or condo, or when you need a bit of extra support to live your best life. It was based on the very good experience reported by a friend of ours who moved his friend into the Assisted Living community at The Lodge at Historic Lewes https://www.activeadultsdelaware.com/blog/posts/2023/10/19/check-out-the-lodge-at-historic-lewes-when-you-re-ready-for-easy-living/. Today I’m spotlighting The Moorings at Lewes, which is another lovely neighborhood in the same area https://mooringsatlewes.org/.
One thing you’ll notice right away is the appealing location, which is an easy drive or bike ride into historic downtown Lewes and the Junction & Breakwater Trail https://www.leweschamber.com/trails/junction-breakwater-biking-and-hiking-trail. You’ll also notice the appealing architecture offering both apartments and single family cottages surrounded by fine gardens and nice family neighborhoods, and the layout of the community, which encourages lots of easy walking and ties in nicely with The Moorings’ tagline: “Miles of Freedom.”
Independent Living for Easy Days and Nights
If you’re looking for an Independent Living option https://mooringsatlewes.org/independent-living/, you can enjoy a spacious home with minimal maintenance and access to a wide range of amenities, including a fitness center, dog park, library, performance hall and fine dining at the Boathouse Bistro and the Chart House. The dining option may be especially appealing if you don’t feel like cooking even though you have a full kitchen in your home.
Assisted Living for Now or Later
What’s also appealing is that you can enjoy the Independent Living option now while planning for a future when you might need a range of support. I know it might be hard to imagine as you rumble through your pickleball matches or swim your laps or bike from Lewes to Rehoboth and back again, but there probably will come a day when you appreciate access to physical therapy and rehab and the availability of skilled nurses along with housekeeping services.
If you’re ready for Assisted Living https://mooringsatlewes.org/health-services/ now, you’ll still have a spacious apartment, with access to three meals from the restaurant every day as well as weekly housekeeping and linen service, access to emergency care if you need it, and transportation to local Lewes and Rehoboth activities.
Consider Springpoint if You Don’t Want to Move Out of Your Own Home Yet
The Moorings also offers a very interesting option if you’re looking toward downsizing in the future but aren’t ready to move from your own home yet. Through the Springpoint Choice https://mooringsatlewes.org/health-services/springpoint-choice/ program, you gain access to the Moorings’ lifestyle amenities, dining options and social connections right now so you’ll have a smoother transition to a home in the community later. You’ll also have a “personal care navigator” who will be your advocate and guide to the care services you need for that transition.
Because it’s a membership program, you’ll be able to apply 100 percent of the entrance fee you pay now to the fee you’ll pay later if you decide to move to The Moorings. After reading the description, you might consider it an alternative to long-term care insurance, which tends to be very expensive, especially if you’re just now enrolling in a program.
Memory Care is Available Too
Like the Lodge, The Moorings also offers what appears to be an impressive Memory Care option https://mooringsatlewes.org/health-services/memory-care/. The monthly service fee covers your spacious apartment or suite, meals and housekeeping, educational and social activities and 24/7 nursing care and services. With extra fees you’ll also be able to access medical care, counseling and beautician services as well.
After reviewing both of these options I’m glad to see how well “retirement communities” are evolving to meet the needs of active adults. With lovely architecture and access to walkable communities and so many cultural attractions, these communities showcase happier futures for all of us.