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Meet The Bartletts of The Commons In Lincoln

Jim and Hanna’s transition to Independent Living

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After years of constant moves and thriving careers, Jim and Hanna Bartlett have finally found their place at The Commons in Lincoln. Their transition to senior living offers the comfort and amenities they desired, plus the convenience of being near Boston for visits with friends and activities like cheering on the Red Sox at Fenway Park, exploring art exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts, or enjoying a day at Fanueil Hall.

The couple also won’t stop taking trips to Paris and visiting dear friends in Cleveland, but their home now is at our senior living community located in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Finding Home at The Commons

They are thrilled to be there for a number of reasons including:

  • The wonderful people they have met since moving to The Commons.
  • The terrific associates who “gang tackle” a problem, according to Hanna.
  • A lower level apartment home that allows them easy access to virtually anything they need or want – the main reason they both really love the space they selected.

Embracing Change

“We actually came a year before we thought we would. Since we had moved a lot, we did not have any issue with what to bring or move here,” says Hanna.

Jim had a huge collection of books. Hundreds. The couple said it was so great to see some of their belongings go to places that needed them. “We got a warm feeling that all of these books are going on to be useful for others,” they agreed.

The couple heard about The Commons from a friend. “We were immediately taken with it and got on a waiting list,” says Hanna. “That gave us a sense of security.”

Community and Connections

While they are happy as residents of The Commons, they both maintain activities and friendships in the greater Boston area. It also is one of the reasons they love the location of The Commons. They can be in Boston in a short amount of time.

Jim hits the gym daily and Hanna said there is a “robust” list of activities and programming available on campus.

Jim and Hanna revel in being part of a community where fellow residents are experiencing similar life stage transitions. It resonates with them. They meet very interesting people with very captivating stories at dinner each night.

Personalizing Their Space

When it comes to cooking and dining, there are many choices, including having fresh, chef-prepared meals at the Gala restaurant, the Lemon Pippin Café or delivered to your home. Should the Bartletts want to cook for themselves, they enjoy doing so and decided to remodel their kitchen so when Jim gets a notion to cook, he has the space that feels like his kitchen from his previous home. “It’s first-class with nice counters and cabinets,” Hanna says. She also commented on how flexible the management team was about their project and customizations. “We have paint on the walls. It’s ours. We are personalizing our apartment.”

Making the Move to Senior Living

When asked about their decision to move to a senior living community, Jim and Hanna emphasized the importance of not waiting too long. “People told us to go when you can do what you want.”

They are also grateful they made the decision when they could still enjoy their travels to Paris, Cleveland, and other beloved destinations. Above all, they cherish the relief and happiness they saw in their children when they shared the news.

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