Hear From Residents and Their Families:

Active, Maintenance-Free Living

Hear how saying goodbye to home maintenance has given Dorothy more time to do the things she loves and what DeeDee thinks about her mom’s new-found freedom.

I hadn’t fully realized how much my mom’s caregiving role with my dad exhausted her. In addition, she was responsible for maintaining our family home. Now, she seems to have more energy and has taken advantage of opportunities like gardening and participating on committees.”

Julie Shuler, daughter of Plymouth Village resident Maryetta Ferre

At The Terraces, my parents have remained very active and emotionally upbeat.

Linda Bishop, daughter of Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens resident Harvey Zimmerman

My sisters and I are really happy Mom is here, likes to be involved, and we’re thrilled she is so active in the community. We have to get on her calendar to see her.”

DeeDee Timmons, daughter of Redwood Terrace resident Dorothy Luddy

It was a significant change for my parents to move from the home they’d had for decades, but they seem happier, less stressed and healthier.”

Kim Stafford, daughter of Royal Oaks residents Shelby and Lorna Wagner

Friendship and Community

I know she likes the people there and has built-in social opportunities.”

Lee Ann Slinkard, daughter of Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens resident Jo Ann Slinkard

I like that my mom’s community is a nonprofit organization with an endowment fund. The people who work here are truly great, pleasant and personable.

Margaret Fuller, daughter of Plymouth Village resident Shirley Holland

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Because of past experiences with my grandmother, my mom realized that living alone could be problematic. She was proactive about making a move to this community and preventing social isolation.

Kristin Osborn, daughter of Redwood Terrace resident Pat Anderson

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The people here are very welcoming, and you could see that from the first visit.”

Kim Stafford, daughter of Royal Oaks residents Shelby and Lorna Wagner

Peace of Mind

Here, my mom can ‘age in place’ without disruptive moves, and there are services available to support any transitional health issues. She has support services here that she didn’t have at her previous home.”

Margaret Fuller, daughter of Plymouth Village resident Shirley Holland

The peace of mind is fantastic. There are people around to assist my parents if needed, particularly when I can’t be there. Knowing that the resources your parents might need are readily available makes a big difference.”

Kim Stafford, daughter of Royal Oaks residents Shelby and Lorna Wagner

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I have a great deal of peace of mind because my mom and I have already researched two steps ahead and know future care is there, if we need it.

Julie Shuler, daughter of Plymouth Village resident Maryetta Ferre

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My brother, sister and I—and our mom, too—each find it reassuring that she just has to push a button to get the help she needs if there is an emergency.”

Greg Klein, son of Piedmont Gardens resident Jane Klein

Stay Close to Family

Since moving here, I think Mom has more energy and spends more time doing activities that she truly enjoys. She definitely focuses more time on the important people in her life, like her grandkids, instead of distractions like home maintenance.”

Greg Klein, son of Piedmont Gardens resident Jane Klein

My kids are closer to their grandparents than ever before. It used to take me nearly two hours in traffic to visit them before their move, and now I can get to them in a matter of minutes.”

Kim Stafford, daughter of Royal Oaks residents Shelby and Lorna Wagner

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My mom is an excellent cook, and the whole family loves the fact that she still has room to host family dinners, particularly during the holidays, in her new home.”

Julie Shuler, daughter of Plymouth Village resident Maryetta Ferre

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For the first time in years, my mom is close enough that I can drop by at any time and see her on the spur of the moment.”

Margaret Fuller, daughter of Plymouth Village resident Shirley Holland

Active, Maintenance-Free Living

Hear how saying goodbye to home maintenance has given Dorothy more time to do the things she loves and what DeeDee thinks about her mom’s new-found freedom.

I love that living here means I can continue to manage on my own—I don’t have to be dependent on my daughter.”

Shirley Holland, Plymouth Village

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The management is great, and the residents are very friendly. We’re all here for the same reason: to enjoy life.

Harvey Zimmerman, The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens

There are many activities and groups to be involved in. I’ve served on the residents' council, with 14 months as president, and my wife sings in the chorale and works in the gift shop.”

Shelby Wagner, Royal Oaks

Friendship and Community

Our previous home had become isolating, so we’re really happy to be here and to have found friends along the way. We tell everyone we have the best of both worlds: friends from our former residence and new friends from here.”

Shelby Wagner, Royal Oaks

People here have led fabulous lives, from musicians and artists to scientists and writers​, and so many occupations in between—it’s like a whole new world for me to explore.

Jane Klein, Piedmont Gardens

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What can I say? I wish I had done this sooner. I have found so many friends here.”

Dorothy Luddy, Redwood Terrace

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I love the community, and I have marvelous neighbors. I feel really comfortable here, whether or not I want to participate, and no one has a problem with that.”

Maryetta Ferre, Plymouth Village

Peace of Mind

My husband and I didn’t want to be separated if one of us was to become ill, so it was important to us that our community had all levels of care. There is comfort in knowing that this support is available.

Sheila Brody, Piedmont Gardens

I have been through being a primary caregiver—for my parents and other family members—and I knew I didn’t want my children to have to experience that.”

Dorothy Luddy, Redwood Terrace

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I didn’t want my kids to ever be confronted with the question of ‘what to do with Mom.’ Well, my kids are delighted and think I made a really good choice. I know they have peace of mind now.”

Pat Anderson, Redwood Terrace

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I like the idea of the buy-in to the community and the security that comes with that. My daughters think it’s wonderful that I live here. They were really pleased, primarily because it was my idea; I was making the decision, and they didn’t have to.”

Jo Ann Slinkard, The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens

Stay Close to Family

Before the move, I was 400 miles away from my daughter, and now she is just a few minutes away. It’s really nice to see her and her husband more often.

Shirley Holland, Plymouth Village

Family is important to us, and it is much easier for both our adult son and daughter and their respective families to visit us now.”

Shelby and Lorna Wagner, Royal Oaks

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I am happy to be back now, particularly because it allows me to be close by my children, who are ecstatic about my move. They helped me get my new home ready for move-in, and I enjoy having dinner with them here every couple of weeks.”

Maryetta Ferre, Plymouth Village

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Living here can be a real gift to your children. Because we are close to our children's homes, we see our grandchildren regularly.

Sheila Brody, Piedmont Gardens

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