Home Sweet Home
Lucy Blanchard’s desk is organized with a stack of open letters, ready to be replied to. At 90 years old, Lucy sits on the couch in her well-lit living room describing a trip she took back to her hometown in Western North Carolina. She grew up there, came from a family of six—something she’s proud of.
Now, four stepchildren and seven grandchildren later, she’s as happy as can be in her home of three years at The Estates, Hawthorne Village of Ocala’s independent living community.
“I lived alone for eight years after my husband died, and my house was too much,” says Lucy. “I came here and fell in love the first time. The next morning I was here at 10am to sign the papers. I’ve been here ever since.”
Lucy’s surrounded by all the things she holds near and dear from her former home, especially her photos neatly displayed in rows on her refrigerator and in two recently completed albums. She can look out from her apartment and see the beautiful courtyard outside.
“That’s why I picked the first floor,” she says.
Lucy doesn’t have to worry about anything anymore. Everything is taken care of, including transportation to doctor’s appointments, weekly housekeeping and linen service, all utilities except for telephone and life-enriching social activities. Lucy especially loves playing a good game of dominoes!
“I’ve made a lot of friends here, and the management is superb,” says Lucy. “It’s the perfect place for me.”
The Right Fit
When Annette Remisiewicz was looking for the right place to live, she was concerned with finding not only the right price but the right people, as well. She has now been at The Estates since last November.
“Hawthorne met all my needs,” Annette says. “The staff is fabulous. Everybody helps everybody. It’s a very family-like place.”
Within the first week of living there, she felt comfortable and considered it her new home. She loves her corner apartment home, and she’ll often leave her door open for friends to stop by for an impromptu visit.
“This is my home. I can laugh here, and people laugh with me,” Annette says.
At 78 years old, Annette maintains an active, independent lifestyle. She enjoys driving and aims to exercise at AJ’s Fitness Center—the community’s state-of-the-art gym—three days a week. The specialized machines use air resistance to overcome the initial resistance of static weight, which makes it possible for her to get the exercise she needs. Annette agrees with other tenants that it is a good and worthwhile choice to utilize the free membership to the on-site AJ’s Fitness to maintain her good health and independence.
“We have so many activities here,” Annette says. “I love our bingo and weekly family activities.”
But she says the people are what is most special about the community.
“Here, they take care of you.”
A Place To Grow
Donald Beaudoin heard about the beautiful retirement apartment homes of The Estates from a co-worker while volunteering at Munroe Regional Medical Center. Donald had spent 25 years as a volunteer at MRMC and felt that he would need an active retirement setting if this was to be his next move.
“I did want to make a change. I was trying to sell my home,” Donald says. “I thought, ‘I can grow with this place.’”
That’s exactly what he’s done. The first year he was there, he acted as the host in the lounge during the weekly happy hour, engaging in conversation and getting to know his Estates neighbors. Donald has a light-hearted, pleasant demeanor and has built many meaningful relationships at The Estates.
“People make up an organization,” he says. “They’re great people here.”
Donald has three kids, and one of them lives close by. There’s a Cracker Barrel halfway between them, and they’ll sit on the porch there and catch up with each other several times a year. Donald enjoys the freedom he has as an independent living tenant of Hawthorne Village, and often gets in his car for lunchtime excursions. But, he reserves daily dinner at The Estates for him and four close friends.
He says the community offers him peace and tranquility, a respect for his privacy.
“For me, I’m a very quiet person. Between reading and TV, I get my kick,” Donald says.
Though he keeps peaceful pastimes, this 86 year old is dedicated to AJ’s Fitness, even joking, “the gym and I are married.” He has two trainers and works on his strength on Tuesdays and Thursdays and then on his balance on Fridays.
He can’t say enough good things about the people of Hawthorne Village of Ocala. Across the board, everyone he meets at this retirement community are good, caring and friendly people.
“You can have the best thing in the world, but if you don’t have the people… This place has the people,” Donald says.
Tenants of The Estates can truly enjoy a happy, engaging and worry-free retirement.For Lucy, Annette, and Donald, choosing Hawthorne Village has made all the difference!
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. 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 variety of care options to meet 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 hawthornevillageofocala.com
(352) 237-7776, ext. 255