A full range of opportunities for health and wellness makes it easy for seniors to continue their active lifestyle at The Estates at Hawthorne Village of Ocala.
A healthy lifestyle was the number one thing Estates tenant Lee Blue was looking for in a retirement community. Between the well-appointed AJ’s Fitness Center and the delicious healthy food options, he knew when he moved in two years ago that The Estates at Hawthorne Village was the perfect choice for him.
“I looked at several places,” he says. “The exercise equipment here is better than the others and that’s important to me.”
Lee is usually the first one in the gym at 8 am; he makes working out six days a week a priority. He says the food is important, too, and appreciates the wide variety of healthy options.
“The food is good. They have everything you want—even a little more than you want,” he laughs. “I can choose the food I think is balanced, like fish, turkey and chicken, and there are good salads; you can mix your own.” Lee likes the convenience of having his own kitchen in his one-bedroom apartment home where he can fix coffee if he wants to, but says even that isn’t necessary since it’s available in the common areas.
“I don’t have to cook anymore,” he says with a big smile. “That’s OK, though. I don’t like to cook.”
For Lee, the convenience of meals served in the dining room is also at the top of a long list of amenities that make living at The Estates at Hawthorne Village the ultimate in convenience for a man living by himself.
“I highly recommend it,” he says. “The house I had was too large for me. When you have a house there’s always something to fix. Here I have plenty of room and it’s more efficient.”
Lee enjoys working on jigsaw puzzles with other tenants, and he appreciates the balance of having plenty of Life Enrichment Program activities available. He also really enjoys having his own sunny, spacious living room where he can read and relax.
“There’s plenty to do and plenty of time to relax. I can participate or not; they don’t pressure me. It works pretty good.”
Life On The Go
To say that Caroline Kelly is active at age 97 would be an understatement. This stylish lady moved to The Estates at Hawthorne Village six years ago and quickly found all the activities she could want.
“I’m busy all the time,” she says, and that’s the way she likes it. She appreciates the daily outings she can join without ever having to drive.
“We go shopping on Thursday and Friday. I go shopping anytime they go,” she laughs. “And on Tuesday we go out to eat.” She adds that Mondays are fun, with a different destination planned each week. With Bible study on Saturdays, bingo twice a week and card games with friends, her schedule is full. Staying on the go is natural for her; before she retired, Caroline was the sole proprietor of two movie theaters in Michigan for 27 years. When she and her husband decided to retire in the 1970s, they chose Key West as a home base for their adventures, which included sailing their own boat to the Bahamas, New Orleans and even the Atlantic seaboard.
“We spent a month at a time on the boat,” she recalls. “I’ve had a very interesting life. I’m not going to stop unless I have to.”
Caroline loves Ocala, and she’s seen the community grow and change after more than 30 years here. Although her son lives in Michigan, Caroline says the community at The Estates at Hawthorne Village is truly a family.
“We call it our family. They are very, very friendly and everybody cooperates with everybody else,” she smiles. “On birthdays we send cards to everybody.”
She obviously doesn’t spend a lot of time in her apartment home, but Caroline loves having her own cozy studio-style home. It’s plenty of space for her, and she enjoys one reasonable monthly payment that includes everything.
“I’m very content,” she says, and it’s obvious she feels completely at home. “It’s the friendliest place. I’m at peace here.”
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 the state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient Bounce Back Rehab and skilled nursing center—all of this, on one beautifully manicured and easily accessible campus.
Hawthorne Village of Ocala
4100 SW 33rd Ave., Ocala
(352) 237-7776, ext. 255