As a resident in Independent Living at The Forum at Knightsbridge for the last year and a half, I can heartily recommend it as the next best thing to home. The administration and staff bend over backwards to make sure each need and most wants are readily addressed: the apartments (many different floorplans) are spacious, the décor tasteful, the food delicious, and the activities varied enough to suit all interests – as all senior living should be. One of the qualities that makes The Forum unique is the omnipresent sense of hospitality and inclusion. New residents are quickly made to feel at home by other residents and are able to make their transition to communal living with ease. The administration encourages and appreciates the exchange of ideas from residents via a resident council with standing committees concerned with activities, food, and welcome, though the office door is always open to individuals at any time. It’s long been my suspicion that one of the requirements for employment at The Forum is an ability to be happy in one’s work – frowns are rare here, and efficiency with a smile is standard. I was privileged to see this in action several weeks ago when the frigid weather that’s plagued the entire country this winter brought some damage in the middle of the night to the public areas of The Forum: the entire maintenance staff was called back in after they’d made it to their own homes through some rather treacherous road conditions. These ten or so men returned to The Forum and worked quickly and professionally, even a bit enthusiastically, from can to can’t, emptying the lounge area, offices, exercise room, and library of furniture, stemming the flow from broken pipes and preparing for the first stages of repair. Most of them were here all night, as was our executive director, some still here at noon the next day. The weather hasn’t quit its onslaught, nor have the shovels and blowers for snow removal outside, making inside and out safe for the residents. I’ve run out of superlatives, except to say that I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a chorus or two of “Whistle While You Work” whenever the next project crops up. The Forum residents remain safe, warm, well-fed, and lucky to be here.