“I get a thrill out of floorplans,” said Betsy Charney, residency counselor at Lexington Square Senior Living Community in Lombard. Charney’s passion benefits seniors moving into the retirement community as she quickly helps them turn their new apartment into their new home.
Charney, a resident of Glendale Heights, has worked at Lexington for almost two years. She has a degree in interior design and ten years of experience working in new home construction. “Some of the builders I worked with in Indiana were with 55+ communities of villas and single-family homes. I’d help pick out pieces and parts for the new construction, and in doing so, got to know some of the residents well. Then, when they later moved to senior living communities, they’d ask me for help arranging their new apartments. I enjoyed working with them,” she said.
When Charney helped her parents find a senior living community in Minneapolis, she noticed that after settling in, they quickly blossomed. “They got very busy; they were involved in a lot of activities and volunteering. Their lives took on purpose,” she said. Charney recalled her impression of the marketing person who helped her folks. “I remember thinking, ‘she helps seniors have a better life, and I’d love to have her job.’” When Charney moved to Chicago a short time later, she decided to pursue her dream of working in senior living. “When I first walked into Lexington Square Lombard, it felt like it was so welcoming; it felt like home,” she said.
In her role as residency counselor at Lexington Square, Charney explained, “it’s like being a realtor, an interior designer, and salesperson all wrapped into one.” She said she loves working with seniors and is in the perfect position to help them settle into their new, active, and engaging lifestyle while enjoying their beautiful new home.