A place for old friends
January 26 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

A place for old friends | Friday, Jan. 26, 2001

Friday, Jan. 26, 2001

A place for old friends

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor It's just something that Jan and I have talked about with old friends from time to time. "Wouldn't it be nice," we've said, "if several of us could find a nice piece of land and build our retirement homes together." Most commonly, the discussion turns toward freewheeling fantasy, debating whether that nice piece of land should be in the mountains, near the beach, or close to a favorite city or golf course. The diversity of opinion expressed on the ideal retirement spot suggests that we will probably never come to a consensus and actually follow through.

But the thought is nice - the idea of spending our retirement years in close proximity to old friends, helping each other with lawn projects, supporting each other in times of sickness, running errands for those who can't get out, sharing meals once or twice a week, maybe working together in a community garden.

I like the sound of that.

It occurs to me that Baptist Retirement Homes (BRH) already offers that same sort of community living. Four different campuses across the state in a variety of settings offer safe places to live in a supportive environment, and the exciting developments at the new Taylor Glen Home near Concord will offer even more possibilities.

BRH also provides something that goes beyond the camaraderie that my friends and I have envisioned - several campuses offer different levels of assisted living or nursing care so residents can have the medical attention they need without having to leave the community.

The annual North Carolina Offering for Older Adults from Feb. 4-11 does not build new facilities or pay for more staff members, though those would be worthy endeavors. The offering is used to assist residents who have financial hardships and are unable to pay the full amount for the care they need.

It is an offering that is worthy of our support. Simply put, it's the Christian thing to do.

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