From Poverty to Advocacy: The Sam Tomlin Story

Many people seek to have as full of a life as Sam Tomlin. Before becoming a resident of Friends Homes, Tomlin grew up poor and bullied by area children in Knoxville, Tennessee. His family was so poor, in fact, that when Tomlin developed an abscessed tooth, his father couldn’t pay the full price, $15, to

Factors to Consider when Choosing a CCRC (Life Plan Community)

Choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community, also referred to as a CCRC or life plan community, is a major decision and one that is unlike any other choice you have made before. Ultimately, it is a decision that impacts your lifestyle, finances, housing, and health care. That is why it is important to make an

Going Wherever God Leads

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Dona Butler’s life has included a whirlwind of opportunities that have taken her around the world as a beacon of light. She attended Bethel College, now a university, to study sociology. While in school, she and a friend were in a wedding that would also lead her to her

A Neglected Part of Retirement Planning

The term “retirement planning” is frequently used in the financial industry and in the media. But what does it really mean? For some, retirement planning includes strategies for saving and investing to prepare for a future retirement. For others, it may focus more on various methods for tax efficiency and generating income during the retirement

How CCRCs are Unique from Other Retirement Living Choices

For many, living at home may be desirable, but it’s not practical for the long term. In these cases, there are a number of different types of communities from which to choose. Learn the differences between each and how to identify them below. Continuum of Care One of the most important factors to consider when

Finding Love in Retirement

When Irwin and Judy Smallwood met, it was all business. He was planning for his big move to Friends Homes, and he had hired her as his senior moving specialist to get the job done quick and easy. Judy had created a thriving business in helping people to downsize, organize, and prepare for their next

Behind the Newsletter

Often, things around us just seem to simply happen. Mail is in our mailboxes, groceries are always in stock, and our latest newsletter is always available for pick-up. Rarely do we consider the people behind these simple occurrences. Friends Homes is blessed to have a handful of people who help to put together our weekly

Ensuring Proper Nutrition for Older Adults (and How CCRCs Can Help)

When it comes to proper nutrition for older people, it’s important their loved ones be attuned to their diet and, if concerns about nutrition arise, be proactive in addressing them. Observe their eating habits, take note of unintended weight gain or loss, and be sure you understand how the medicines your loved one takes might

What are the Differences Between For-Profit and Not-for-Profit CCRCs?

“What is the difference between a not-for-profit community and a for-profit community?” This is a popular question among prospective residents of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), also referred to as Life Plan Communities. Many not-for-profit CCRCs are single-site organizations, although some are part of a larger group. The distinguishing feature of a not-for-profit CCRC, as

CCRCs Often Viewed as a Gift to the Children

“When my wife and I decided to move into a C.C.R.C., just before Christmas, we told each of our six children that our decision represented the most significant gift we had ever given them.” The above comment was given by a resident at a continuing care retirement community for an interview in a 2009 article

Friends Homes Struck the Right Chord for this Music Professor

Bill Carroll likes living in Greensboro. He came here in 1984 to teach at UNCG and retired 34 years later as the Associate Dean of the university’s Music School. “Coming to UNCG was the best thing I ever did,” he says now. “Over the years I had numerous opportunities to leave or serve in administration

3 Must Ask Questions When Considering a Life Plan Community

Life plan communities like Friends Homes, sometimes referred to as Continuing Care Retirement Communities or CCRCs, provide peace of mind for many retirees who live independently today but seek the comfort of knowing that assisted living or skilled medical care is available if and when needed. However, many life plan communities require a fairly substantial

How Hearing Declines With Age

Just as it becomes more difficult to see clearly at a close distance or to have perfect recall of names as you get older, certain hearing changes become noticeable as the decades pass. “If you live long enough, you’re going to suffer some hearing loss — it’s part of the normal aging process,” says Sean

How Do Scammers Know So Much About Me?

A recent caller to the AARP Fraud Watch Network helpline was being tormented with fake emails and trolling phone calls from scammers who seemed to specifically target him. He asked, “How do these people know so much about me?” We get that call a lot. Many don’t understand how they get on the radar of

From Board Member To Resident

Carson Grantham has been a part of the Friends Homes family for over 40 years. He joined our Board of Trustees in 1978 and served on the Board for 25 years, including three stints as Chairman. His involvement came largely because he was a Quaker. “Everybody on the Board of Trustees at that time was