Family members can rest assured that their loved ones will be well cared for at Hawthorne Inn of Ocala Assisted Living.
In 2000, when Jerry and Eileen VanLoozen were ready for active retirement in a warmer climate, they left Redford Township, Michigan, outside Detroit, where they’d raised eight children, and moved to Florida.
For 15 years they were busy with golf, garden club and volunteering with the Special Olympics. They even became certified clowns. Their independent, active routine was fine until life interrupted—as it often does—with health issues.
“Dad developed Parkinson’s disease, and because of that, he became very dependent on my mom. It got to be that there were too many issues for them to continue to live on their own,” relates oldest daughter Beth Beson, who lives in Jupiter, Florida. Beth says that she checked out numerous assisted living facilities before finding Hawthorne Inn of Ocala, where they could provide the support her father needed through their customized approach to assisted living.
With a choice of standard or deluxe suites, the accommodations are fully furnished. Residents are encouraged to bring special mementos, bedding and accessories to personalize their suite.
Beth appreciates that the daily rate includes three meals a day, snacks, utilities, housekeeping services, laundry and recreational programs. She was also relieved to know that because Hawthorne Inn is part of the full-service retirement community Hawthorne Village of Ocala, there is skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient rehab, and AJ’s fitness available on campus as well, if and when her parents’ needs change.
“At one point, Mom fell out of bed and was in the hospital for a few days,” says Beth. Her mother was brought back to this campus and admitted to the Bounce Back Rehab program at Hawthorne Village of Ocala. Because she was right next door (the assisted living and the skilled nursing center actually share a parking lot), her father could visit her there.
Having been married for 63 years, Jerry, 85, and Eileen, 84, love the fact that they still get to share a home. That home is now a deluxe suite at Hawthorne Inn of Ocala Assisted Living where they’ve lived for three years. There are two bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate living area.
Eileen, an avid reader, is often in the living room with book in hand, while Jerry is into sports. You’ll find him watching a game on the TV in an adjacent bedroom.
And, of course, there’s also a bright and spacious common living area and dining room, as well as outdoor areas where residents can enjoy fresh air and sunshine on a cozy bench. Bird feeders outside many residents’ windows make for close-up bird watching. And residents have many choices when it comes to activities, including attending special outings and events on the Hawthorne Village bus with staff.
With a maximum of 36 residents, there’s definitely an extended family atmosphere, in a lovely home-like setting.
“It works perfectly for my parents’ needs that this is not a huge facility,” says Beth. “They get very personalized attention, and that’s so important. It’s very clean, and there’s no big turnover with the staff. There’s a good ratio of staff to residents; the one-on-one care is very good. They also offer some medical overview, such as weighing every month, checking blood pressure and also bloodwork, if needed.”
“The best thing is that we can be here together,” reiterates Eileen. “Jerry and I play gin (cards) every day. The meals are wonderful, and the desserts are great. I save room for them at both lunch and dinner!”
As added peace of mind, Eileen wears a call button necklace. If she needs assistance with anything, a push of a button will bring a staff member to help within minutes.
For Beth, Hawthorne Inn’s location is another plus.
“This is conveniently located to fly into Orlando and get up to Ocala, which is a bonus for my six siblings who don’t live in Florida,” she says. “But the biggest thing is the peace of mind having them here.”
Assistance Enhances Daily Living
Hawthorne Inn of Ocala Assisted Living provides the ability to live “independently” and still have assisted care day or night. This lifestyle allows seniors to do as much as possible for themselves. At the same time, well-trained staff can step in quickly and assist with help that is needed in basic daily activities, such as bathing, grooming, dressing and medication assistance. Residents can live as independently as possible, while their families take comfort in knowing they are safe and well cared for. Because the daily rate includes all meals, utilities, housekeeping services and recreational programs, you are guaranteed convenience without the hassle of multiple bills.
Hawthorne Inn of Ocala Assisted Living is part of Hawthorne Village of Ocala, a full-service retirement community providing independent senior living in the luxurious Estates apartment homes, as well as a 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.
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Hawthorne Inn of Ocala Assisted Living
4100 SW 33rd Avenue, Ocala