"When 'independent' starts to mean 'lonely,' that's no fun."
Wilma Rushing was used to enjoying her independence. But when an illness sidelined her for several weeks, she realized it might be time to make a change.
"While I was sick and recovering, I couldn't cook or drive or go out," Wilma, 81, of Johnston, said. "I was at the mercy of someone coming to see me. I was used to being able to go where I wanted, when I wanted -- and I got lonely, and I didn't like that."
Wilma had heard WesleyLife was building its eighth community, Brio of Johnston, just up the road from her home -- and as a longtime Johnston resident, proximity to her neighborhood was important to her. She inquired about details, and surprised herself by deciding quickly that it was time to make the move.
"It had been in the back of my mind for a while to make a change, and WesleyLife has such a good reputation that I trusted that it would be a good place," she said. "My kids encouraged me that it was important to go somewhere where I could get care if I needed it, but also enjoy myself."
Wilma chose a one-bedroom Independent Living apartment at Brio -- initially a tough decision for her, as her home is large and filled with a lifetime's memorabilia. But as she's had time to get used to the idea, she's looking forward to living a more minimalist lifestyle.
"Some things, I'll feel pretty sad about getting rid of. But when you think about it, it will be less to dust!" she said. "My apartment will be large enough that I can bring the clock my late husband built; that's my most treasured possession. And I'll have a sunroom, so I'll be able to put a few things out there."
Wilma said she's looking forward to living in a brand-new place -- but most of all, she'll be happy to make some new friends.
"I'm looking forward to being around more people," she said. "I'm all for still being independent. When 'independent' starts to mean 'lonely,' though, that's no fun."
A few floor plans, including one-bedrooms like Wilma's, are still available at Brio of Johnston. Call (515) 253-2500 to learn more!