I have a friend who lives at Skyline, and there you have to buy in. They have three levels: the independent, assisted living, and the nursing. She likes the place and she is comfortable there.
It took her two years to finally decide because she did not want to leave her house, but her husband kept falling down. She is on the north side, and she has a little kind of view; there is a tiny balcony, she has a pot where she is growing tomatoes, and she has kind of a peek-a-boo view of the Puget Sound so it’s really quite nice.
They have lots of activities; they have speakers come in, and they just had some young kids and give a little concert there. The people that live there are retired; a lot of them are retired university professors. They all contribute and do programs and for her husband, and that’s why she went there. They have something called guy talk once a week. They go in, and there is something called hot topics and all those things keeps him going to be able to go to these. They do have really good meals there; she invites me every once in a while for lunch or dinner, and they have really excellent food. They have some little gardens, and she is helping take care of the gardens. They have couple of other things; they have a pool and exercise classes -- lots of things going on. They do have the ultimate nursing home part so that was very important to her. I have talked to women who took classes, and in these classes they went and visited and talked to people as a group and there’s one woman said that she was in a class of six people, and they visited different places around town.