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"Cruise ship" is a joking term around here for this particular "Continuing Care Retirement Community" that we live in.

You can start independent living in a house/villa, living in a Garden Terrace,... or as we do, living in a 3 bedroom apt, 3rd floor in the central building. The central building houses front desk, mailroom, health facility, computer lab, two dining rooms, a cinema with new movies daily, video room with library of DVDs, the hardback library, two elegant little dining rooms for your private parties, a pantry for daily necessities run by residents, a billiards room, a card/game room with 10 tables and a professional Bridge teacher, or continental breakfast and newspaper reading space where singles often go early in the morning to drink coffee, chat a little, and read the papers from 6.30a.m onwards.By short covered walkway you get to a huge indoor/outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, fitness room, painting studio and beauty salon.

This building is where my husband learned to walk again, after a debilitating car accident.

Services include... As many meals in any of three restaurants as you want, but we only get 30 FREE meals per person a month...any time. All of us have nifty kitchens with excellent appliances and if we don't want to eat in the restaurants, we can also order off the menu ( changes daily) and pick it up/have it delivered to eat at home.
Included in monthly fee:
Laundry picked up, done and delivered free once a week.But we each have a small washer and dryer for personal laundry.
House cleaning every two weeks, with "deep cleaning, moving all furniture, shampooing carpets" once a year.
Free maintenance care.."Help! Our toilet is backed up" "our disposal unit isn't working" etc on the spot
Shuttle trips to local groceries or around campus if you don't drive.
Hired buses for excursions to events e.g Symphony in SF
Another building holds all the fitness classes..chair exercise, stretch and flex, yoga etc

When you need full time assisted living, skilled nursing, or memory care you move to Creekview, the building on campus 5 minutes walk from the main building. Spouses often share meals in that facility....all three meals served daily for small extra cost to the monthly fee for the apartment.

We can have the grandkids over for a few days any time.. ( extra rollaway bed $10) and we have space for our 3 grandsons. They love the pool, ping pong, miniature golf,...and the buffets.

So,... many of us joke we are living on a cruise ship.

I think will get you to our place if you are curious..

Wow....I really gabbed a lot! Sorry.
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