Thursday, November 13, 2008

Don Grittani Retirement Home

This is the entrance to the Don Grittani Retirement complex. The three-storey residence, home to about 70 elederly people, is run by nuns and is located in a large park full of many trees and plants. Facilities include a chapel, a reading room, a TV room, a meeting room, a bocce field and paths for walking among the trees. Residents can choose from a single or double room, all of which have a bathroom, balcony, refrigerator and telephone.

Seems like a nice enough place to live. I just wonder about the giant cell phone tower looming over it all...

13 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

Do the people have to pay for living there or does the government pay for it? It sounds something like our retirement communities where people pay a large amount to live there until they pass away.

valeria said...

Oh, finally we see your face! You are blond! I had always imagined you dark haired, uhm, funny.

babooshka said...

I could quite happily retire then now, a way off yet, but some days..

Saretta said...

Yes, Abraham, you have to pay to stay here. There are government funded homes, but they are not as nice as this one!

Valeria, I hope you're not disappointed! I thought maybe people had had enough of my foot!

Babooshka, you better get your name in now, there's quite a waiting list! :-)

Ming the Merciless said...

I had the same exact question as Abe Lincoln so thank you for answering it.

I won't mind retiring in Italy.

Pietro said...

Interesting documentation. I am always a bit sad when I think of retirement complex for elderly people. Life can be so depressing towards the end.

nobu said...

There are the same one in Japan,but we have to pay much to live.
That tower is interesting.

JM said...

I agree with you, it must be a nice place to live, but what's that tower doing out there???

Hilda said...

The better to keep in touch with their loved ones, my dear! :D

You know, I don't think we have private retirement homes in Manila. Yet. Not taking care of old relatives is just not acceptable to most Filipinos.

Hilda said...

Oh, and I think you're pretty! :)

Saretta said...

Ming - there would be the language issue...not to rain on your parade! LOL!

Pietro - I agree wholeheartedly with you. I think Woody Allen had it right when he said we should live life backwards, starting out old and getting younger and younger!

Nobu - yes, they are expensive here, too.

jm - maybe Hilda has the right idea!

Hilda - Families taking care of their own is the norm here in southern Italy, too. But the increase in women working combined with people's decreased willingness to sacrifice their busy lives to stay home with the old has led to an invasion of "caretakers" from Eastern Europe, who fill in that gap quite efficiently.

Saretta said...

p.s. Thanks for the compliment Hilda, but I may get embarrassed and have to put up a photo of my elbow or something! ;-)

Hilda said...

Hahaha! If you have to change it, then make it toes, not the elbow please!

Don't ask. ;D