A Caring Community

Tenants of The Estates at Hawthorne Village of Ocala truly care about one another.

Social Butterfly

Pat Miller sits cheerfully on the couch in one of the beautiful living room areas of The Estates at Hawthorne Village of Ocala. She is 97 years old, but her spunk and quick wit would leave you guessing a much younger age. She looks quite fashionable from head to toe, wearing lovely accessories and black ankle boots, to match her tasteful black and white ensemble.

Pat is quite the social butterfly. She’s always out and about at The Estates, participating in games, Life Enrichment Programs or anything else that is happening.

“In the morning, I just open the door and look out to see what’s going on,” she smiles.

Pat loves to sit out in the courtyard and knit with a friend who visits once a week, and she won’t miss the Sunday ice cream socials. She enjoys the many things there are to do at the Estates, along with the freedom to do what she wants, when she wants to do it. It is absolutely about making independent choices each day.

“Life is better than what I had at home because there’s more activity,” Pat says. “I loved it right off. Everyone is really friendly.”

Pat worked for Pan American World Airways in Miami for 22 years and enjoyed traveling all over the world with her husband. They spent many days out on their boat, fishing and visiting the Keys. Pat has many wonderful stories to share of her experiences, as she’s lived many different and exciting phases in her life. Now, she feels right at home at the Estates, and even though she’s only resided there for six months, she can see a long happy retirement for many years to come.

Happy At Home

Two lovely paintings hang on the wall above Mavis Heimstead’s couch in her apartment home. When she and her husband traveled to Rome, he purchased them and had them framed for her.

“I wasn’t going to leave them behind,” she smiles.

Years ago, Mavis and her husband lived in Wisconsin, running a u-pick berry farm. In the winter, they lived as snowbirds in Port Charlotte, Florida, playing shuffleboard and making many friends. After Mavis’s husband passed, her daughter wanted her to move to Ocala. When they found The Estates at Hawthorne Village, Mavis immediately loved the apartment homes, especially because of the screened patios. She knew this was the place for her.

“I think I felt at home right away,” Mavis says.

She sold her house and brought her furniture with her. Her neighbor, Betty, took Mavis under her wing right away. Now, Mavis enjoys all kinds of activities at The Estates, playing cards twice a week, exercising at AJ’s Fitness Center (on-site fitness center where membership is free of charge to Estates tenants) three times a week and walking outdoors.

“What else could you want? I have a very lovely apartment. Here, I can be alone if I want, but there are also things to do and people to see,” Mavis says.

The Estates is exactly the home she was looking for.

A True Friend

A few years ago, Herb Harper found himself in Bounce Back Rehab at Hawthorne Village of Ocala (the skilled nursing and rehab center of this full-service retirement community) after a bad accident.

“I saw this place (The Estates), and I signed up,” he says. “It was recommended that I look into moving to an independent living setting of a retirement community. And, because I had to move somewhere, and after having such a great recovery at the rehab center of this community, I knew this was the place.”

This 89 year old thoroughly enjoys the community at The Estates. He connects with everyone there, because he feels they can all relate in different ways. They are friends he can count on.

“It’s not the place; it’s the people,” Herb says.

Most days, you’ll find Herb reading a good book. Mysteries and detective novels are his favorites. His favorite author is John Grisham, and he has most, if not all, of his books. The Estates has a Library Club that he’s part of, and he enjoys going to the Marion County Library with the club every two weeks. Herb also helps another tenant keep the books in the library organized.

Herb enjoys spending time outdoors and participating in any planned outings, as well. He has never encountered anyone or anything that he didn’t like. He feels this is the perfect home for him.

All-Inclusive, Worry-Free Living

Hawthorne Village of Ocala is a not-for-profit, full-service retirement community, conveniently located near the Paddock Mall, major health care providers, and a variety of cultural and historical venues. The Estates of Hawthorne Village offers exquisite apartment homes for the independent retiree who seeks an active lifestyle with an all-inclusive monthly rent. Worry-free and maintenance-free living awaits you at The Estates, as weekly housekeeping and linen service, two restaurant-style meals per day, transportation to medical appointments and scheduled life enrichment activities are just a sampling of what is available to the tenants. The Inn at Hawthorne Village of Ocala is a lovely, home-like setting for those individuals who need assistance with daily self-care in a supportive and attractive environment.

As part of a full-service retirement community, Hawthorne Village of Ocala provides a full spectrum of care to meet all of your health care needs, including a state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient Bounce Back Rehab and skilled nursing—all of this, on one beautifully manicured and easily accessible campus.

For More Information about The Estates:

Hawthorne Village of Ocala
4100 SW 33rd Ave., Ocala


(352) 237-7776, ext. 255




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