By adopting the look and language of hospitality (at the Watermark, help getting dressed is called a â€œdiscreet serviceâ€), keeping residents busy with cultural and personal enrichment, and obscuring medical services, these members of the rock â€˜nâ€™ roll generation donâ€™t feel they are in the old folksâ€™ home. If not for the red pull cords in the showers and bedside, residents could fool themselves into thinking they were forever guests at a luxury resort.
Ms. Snyder, the InspÄ«r resident, said the decision to move from her Upper East Side apartment into assisted living was not an easy one. A former actress known professionally as Maggie Burke, she still remembers visiting her grandmother in a dreary nursing home with â€œa little cot bed and rather crude facilities,â€ and did not want the same for herself, she said. A tour of InspÄ«r, not far from her old apartment and favorite restaurants, changed her mind.
â€œI decided I would get good health care here and also live in a very luxurious setting,â€ said Ms. Snyder, who declined to give her age.
Ms. Snyder started a film club and sheâ€™s taking the memoir-writing class. â€œIâ€™ve made some lovely friends,â€ she said. â€œThereâ€™s a very stimulating population.â€
Back at the Watermark, Mr. Morin was enjoying the view from the rooftop lounge, where he reminisced, â€œI was sitting up here with a glass of wine and thereâ€™s a jazz band playing over here and I looked up at God in heaven and said, â€˜Iâ€™m home.â€™â€
Mr. Morin said his one-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with its kitchenette, marble shower and tasteful modern furniture reminds him of the finest hotels, â€œbut better,â€ he said, because heâ€™s a resident. The cost is largely covered by a long-term care policy he took out ages ago.
â€œIâ€™m a lucky dog,â€ Mr. Morin added, pointing out how quickly the elevators there zoom up and down. â€œI went to four other homes before I came here, OK? This is paradise.â€