Couple turns to technology for downsizing help

Created date

May 25th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_12150" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Roberta and Lafayette Gosselin made use of Internet shopping and classifieds websites when downsizing their home before their move to Brooksby Village. "]Brooksby Village would be difficult. But the pair called upon more than one resource for help. In addition to websites, where they posted items for free as well as for sale, the Gosselins brought in Ray Toothaker, who helped them clean their basement. Toothaker was recommended by Brooksby s Personal Moving Consultant Ellen Meehan, who visited the Gosselins home and connected them with real estate professionals and other resources along the way. Ellen was wonderful, Mrs. Gosselin says. Upon Meehan s suggestion, the Gosselins donated much of their remaining canned food to their local church. After all, Mrs. Gosselin was looking forward to doing little cooking while at Brooksby, where one meal a day is included in the cost of living.

Retiring from housework

The Gosselins first visitedBrooksbythree years ago for a luncheon, where Mrs. Gosselin says, We just liked what we saw; the food, of course, was magnificent. The Gosselins found their Wilmington, Mass., home was beginning to be too much. Mrs. Gosselin couldn t physically do as much gardening as she wanted to, and her husband was tired of snow-blowing. It was a full-time job just to be aware of everything that needed to be done, Mrs. Gosselin says. Mr. Gosselin says what also attracted them toBrooksbywas the fact that the price includes everything, such as meals, while other communities and condominiums the couple visited did not. Last summer, the Gosselins joinedBrooksby spriority list, which enabled them to reserve a spot if the apartment of their choice became available. With luck, just a couple of months later, an apartment home opened up. The couple made some changes in their house: putting in a new septic system, removing wallpaper, and repainting walls inside. With help from a Brooksby-recommended real estate agent, the Gosselins home sold in just six weeks. The swift sale left little time for downsizing, a process Mrs. Gosselin says they had not delved into as much as they should have. You just don t know how much you hold on to, she says. Her advice for others: As soon as they start thinking [about moving], they should start downsizing. What the couple didn t sell online or give away, they took with them to sort out once atBrooksby. In the meantime, Mrs. Gosselin looked forward to making use of the community s swimming pool, around the corner from their apartment, and Mr. Gosselin planned to try out the fitness center. Even as they unpacked boxes, the Gosselins were quickly meeting their neighbors. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, Mrs. Gosselin says, adding, It is a community.
Brooksby Village is an Erickson retirement community in Peabody, Massachusetts. ' Erickson manages a network of 19 communities nationwide that combine a maintenance-free, active lifestyle with social activities, amenities, and medical offerings proven to improve both physical and mental health.