Sitting on his patio, Richard Ostrowski points to where the sunlight streams in. He’s surrounded by beautiful flowers in almost every color, displayed in pretty pots.
“I sit here most days after lunch,” the 90 year old smiles.
Richard decorated his patio with the help of a friend. They measured, cut and lay a faux lawn carpet over the patio’s floor, giving the appearance of a garden setting. Now, Richard enjoys a handmade oasis at his home of three years.
Richard is a man who takes his lovable sense of humor with him wherever he goes. He heard about The Estates at Hawthorne Village of Ocala from his neighbor who had given him a brochure. He was tired of keeping up his own home and yard and decided to look into it.
“The idea is that it’s as represented,” Richard says. “They do a lot of things for the people; it is a great community here.”
Richard loves going to events, gatherings and outings with the other tenants, too. His favorite outing is the weekly shopping excursion on Thursday mornings. Tenants of The Estates gather at 9:30am and take the Hawthorne Village van together to various locations. He has a copy of the Life Enrichment calendar of events and happenings at The Estates, and he loves participating in many of them.
“We dance together, and I tell jokes,” he says.
For Richard, life is simple at The Estates. Everything is taken care of, and he enjoys the company of tenants and staff.
Community With Personality
Dolores Abner proudly talks about her beautiful family, displayed in a gallery of photos on her living room wall. She has three daughters and six grandchildren.
It wasn’t until her primary doctor recommended Hawthorne Village of Ocala to her that she considered moving to an independent living retirement community. In October 2015, Dolores moved to The Estates.
“Oh, it’s wonderful,” she says. “The people here are so nice, kind and helpful.”
Dolores was a volunteer at Munroe Regional Medical Center for 21 years. She started out in the nursery, moved to answering phones and worked in the cardiovascular intensive care unit. She loves helping people, and her role at the hospital allowed her to do just that.
Now, Dolores is always speaking kind words or lending a helping hand. At 88 years old, she utilizes the gym membership included in her monthly rent at The Estates, AJ’s Fitness Center, every day for 20 to 25 minutes, and she always sees other tenants she knows. She encourages them and enjoys the friendly conversations.
“I recommend this place to everyone,” she says. “It’s a personable place and my home now.”
Dolores has a word search workbook open on her table. She enjoys completing those, going on the weekly shopping outings, dining with fellow tenants in the beautiful dining room and walking and sitting outside in the sun. But, what Dolores truly loves is the people at The Estates.
The Little Things
After one week living at The Estates, Jean Barnes felt it was home. Four years ago, her daughter, Karen, found Hawthorne Village of Ocala for Jean.
“I walked in and loved it,” Jean says.
Jean is 94 years old but looks much younger. She has three children, six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Her walls are full of paintings created by her late husband and daughter, Karen. Besides the chair and desk she brought from her prior home, Jean and Karen enjoyed shopping to purchase new furniture and décor to make Jean’s apartment home uniquely hers.
“I really enjoy my apartment,” Jean says. She loves spending time enjoying the beautiful Florida weather on her screen-enclosed patio as well.
Jean loves to read, play games and spend time with her friend and neighbor, Lucy. Jean and Karen spend each Tuesday afternoon shopping, but Jean also loves going on the weekly shopping outings with other tenants at The Estates.
At one point, Jean underwent physical therapy with the therapists on staff in the outpatient Bounce Back Rehab program. Though she didn’t like that she needed therapy, she was thankful for the skilled therapists. In addition to having health care available when she needed it, she has enjoyed the transportation service that is provided to tenants.
“I’m very appreciative of the accommodations of the bus and the bus driver, Gloria,” Jean says. “She’s so helpful.”
Jean recalls good times at many of The Estates’ Life Enrichment social events, emphasizing how much fun she has had with other tenants and neighbors as well as staff members.
All-Inclusive, Worry-Free Living
Hawthorne Village of Ocala, is a not-for-profit, full-service retirement community, conveniently located near 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.
Assisted living accommodations are available at The Inn at Hawthorne Village of Ocala. The Inn 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 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 hawthornevillageofocala.com
(352) 237-7776, ext. 255