THE MORE YOU LEARN
Until you’ve visited more than one retirement community, you can’t possibly plan your best future. Start exploring your options today.
“All I knew was, I had to leave the house and I had to have someplace that I could sleep at night with my cat. And then I learned about the food, the lunches, the dinners, the things that they do for you…” – Catherine Mehigan, resident of The Fountains at RiverVue
MEET CATHERINE MEHIGAN, A RETIRED EDUCATOR WHO LOVES RETIREMENT LIVING.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Catherine Mehigan on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Born in the Bronx to Irish American immigrants, Catherine Mehigan graduated from Hunter College and devoted 13 years as an elementary school educator before becoming an assistant principal in New York City public schools. She passionately enjoyed contributing to children’s success. After retirement 30 years ago, she traveled and volunteered at the New York Botanical Garden and elsewhere.
When keeping a big house became too much, Catherine made a snap decision and moved to the first community that would accept her cat. It wasn’t the best match. After visiting The Fountains on a friend’s recommendation, she relocated to a spacious one-bedroom apartment here last year. Now she and her cat, MGB, feel right at home.
LET THE DISCOVERY BEGIN
Planning your best future is a lot like doing your homework. The sooner you get started, the more time you’ll have to play. Today’s retirement communities are a far cry from yesterday’s old folks’ homes and no two are alike. Give yourself enough time to explore your options thoroughly and you’re bound to discover a great match. “I’m very realistic and I knew I had to. Some people, if they have families, they really should come and see this. It’s not enough for just the family member to come. It’s important that the one who is going to be here comes and sees for himself or herself what it’s like. And then even talk to someone like me who is here and ask the questions that you wouldn’t ask at a formal luncheon. You know what I mean?” – Catherine Mehigan
WHEN YOUR HOUSE OWNS YOU
Catherine shared a big house with her sister, Maureen, who was ten years older. After Maureen passed away, Catherine decided the house required too much upkeep. She decided to look for a maintenance free living option that would welcome her cat, named My Good Boy or MGB for short. Having not shopped around, those were her only two considerations.
“I thought, ‘the house is too big, what am I going to do with this?’ You know, you had the upstairs, the attic, the downstairs. I mean, I had people in to do some things but let’s face it, there are things you’ve got to do yourself. So, I decided to sell it.” – Catherine Mehigan
MAINTENANCE FREE AND MORE
Beyond ensuring she feels safe at all times, The Fountains drives Catherine to errands plus fun places like the Old Stone Mill. She enjoys dining daily with her new Fountains friends and is learning new hobbies like stud poker. As Catherine has discovered, opportunities for living well are almost unlimited at the right retirement community. “You know what’s absolutely lovely? The exercise, I can use that. I can use that every day. Then on Wednesday the Eucharistic minister comes and gives us all Holy Communion. Wednesday morning the beautician comes and does our hair…” – Catherine Mehigan
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Catherine over a drink in the dining room or cappuccino on our terrace. Just call 1-914-574-2393 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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