NOW WE’RE COOKING
There comes a time when it makes sense to leave the chores to someone else and just enjoy life.
“If they were asking, ‘How is the food?’ I always say ‘It’s wonderful.’ And I’ll add, ‘I don’t have to cook it. That’s the way I like it.’” – Nancy Sturtevant, resident of Rockland Place
MEET NANCY STURTEVANT, HAPPY TO BE ALIVE AND LIVING CAREFREE AT ROCKLAND PLACE.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Nancy Sturtevant on Friday, May 6th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Originally from Rhode Island, Nancy lived in Switzerland for five years and raised her family in Delaware, where she worked as a secretary for DuPont. Now that her family is spread out across three Atlantic states, Nancy appreciates having 24-hour access to care, three daily meals, housekeeping, laundry and transportation provided. Relieved of homeowner responsibilities, she enjoys walking for exercise, helping new neighbors get oriented to the community and visiting family. While Nancy would much prefer to work on a puzzle than to engage with a group event, she is quite content to be part of a supportive community like Rockland Place, her home for more than three years.
A MATTER OF TIME
You’ve been independent all your adult life. So what will you do when you aren’t? If you’re fortunate to live long enough, dependency on others is only a matter of time. Those who examine their options and plan ahead are best prepared to create a future they’ll appreciate and enjoy. Sometimes the future comes suddenly. Are you prepared? “I had my own house in the town next to where we are now. And I lived there for about 30 or 40 years I guess as we all have with the big house and lots of children and they’re all gone. And then all of a sudden we have to start thinking about what we’re going to do with our lives. And then you get hit with a stroke or a fall and your life is changed all of a sudden.” – Nancy Sturtevant
Nancy was living nearby, in the same house where she raised her kids, when mounting health problems began to make everyday tasks like driving, shopping and cooking a real chore. Family members helped when they could but when Nancy found herself hospitalized three years ago, returning home was not an option. After researching the alternatives, Rockland Place topped everyone’s list. “I had to sell my house so that I would have the money to come to this place, it has long paid off for itself because of the care that I get and the less worry my family has about me. I think that’s most important.”– Nancy Sturtevant
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION
Selling a big house is a big challenge, especially in Nancy’s condition at the time. That’s all the more reason to research your options and tackle such chores before health problems dictate your circumstances. With all the options available today, seniors who plan ahead have every advantage. “An aide will be there for you for everything to help you with your bathing and your laundry and the and the housekeeping…I can’t complain about a thing.” – Nancy Sturtevant
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Nancy over a drink in the dining room or a cup of Earl Grey in our Victorian Tea Room. Just call 1-302-565-4160 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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