I've gone to see Mayslake in Oak Brook. They seemed to be a fit for me, and I can afford to pay there. We went there on a Tuesday, and I filled out an application for what they call the Villas. They seem to be something that I could go into right away because they're open right now. However, they were a little too small, but everyone involved in showing us around were very kind and very friendly. The CEO talked to us, and he was very explicit in what they had and how proud he was of the whole area. It was begun by the Franciscans, and they have a beautiful chapel. The dining room was really very pretty; it almost looked like a restaurant. We looked into the cafeteria-like area where they would have hot tables and stuff -- and there wasn't anything in there when we went by because it was around 8:30 a.m. -- but it looked very efficient and very clean. The whole place was amazing.
The only thing I was a little disappointed in was we were there on a day that was very rainy, and it made a lot of the wooden walkways and stuff almost unattended to. My daughter-in-law says, "How often do they clean all this up?" The balconies and the villas were exposed to the air on all weather and everything. There were only two-story buildings, and they were all connected; it's quite a complex. We had to walk by a raised floor, but when we got there, we were able to just walk in and take a good look at everything. It was not as roomy as I would like, but for the money, it wasn't too bad. I think it was $669 a month. It looked like they've been rehabbing the whole thing. Because it's HUD, they're getting their money from the government, so they're waiting for a $12 million thing to finish up whatever they have to rehab and things like that. They do have an area called the Cloisters, which you have to really have enough money to get in there because it's luxury town houses. The rest of the building are what they called mid-rise apartment buildings that are all one-bedroom apartments, and they come with a shelf refrigerator, two ceiling fans, it's all electric, and the utilities are paid. They have Comcast there that you can sign up for $33 a month, and you pay your own phone. You have to pay a meal ticket of $65 a month and you can use that for one meal a day or they have like a grocery there too and you can use that for the groceries. So, I really liked it there. I wish I could have had someplace with two bedrooms because I'm coming out of a three-bedroom, two-bath house.
I wasn't really that crazy about the Villas because it was extremely small and I want a bigger kitchen; it was like a galley kitchen, and I wanted something a little bigger. I said, "Should I come for the interview anyway?" And she said, "Of course because now you'll be in the system and if you turn down the Villas, they'll ask you what you want," and then I'll find out how long the wait is, which is generally from one to two years, so I'm willing to wait.