An Active Man has Found the Perfect Home

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Living in a long-term care facility has in no way stopped Roy Wantz from continuing his active and fun-filled lifestyle.

“I am a native Carroll County boy, raised in Baughman’s Valley, northwest of Westminster,” he said. Roy has held several jobs throughout his life including a furniture factory for 20 years. As one of 10 children, his brothers and sisters are very important to him and visit him often.

Hard-working and independent, Roy lived in his own apartment even after a leg amputation. But with other health problems developing, he was eventually advised to look for a nursing home, and he was determined to make the decision for himself.

“My wife worked out here, and I had read an ad about Transitions Healthcare Sykesville,” he said, “I thought it would be a clean, happy place to live.”

Once admitted, Roy realized it would be his home for the remainder of his days, and it has been now for the past six years. “I can do the fun stuff whenever I want to and not worry about going to work,” he said. On any given day, Roy can be seen laughing and joking around with his friends.

His favorite pastimes include taking care of his house plants and putting together 1000-piece puzzles. “I like to keep the pretty ones,” he said. Using puzzle glue, he hangs his completed works as pretty pictures in the hallways.

When the residents take restaurant trips, Roy cannot wait to see familiar faces and invite them to visit. “I like to eat good food and see old friends when I am out and about,” he said.

Roy is an advocate for other residents as well. Not only an active member of the PEER group, he is the current vice president of the Resident Council for which he has been a top seller in fundraisers. As part of his position, he makes daily visits to new residents and discusses all that is ‘happening.’ He was recently nominated for the Outstanding Senior Award for SPIN (Senior Provider Information Network).

When he needs physical therapy, he loves going to the gym, where they help him get his strength back. “I cover more miles in my scooter than some people who can walk,” he said with that familiar smile and giggle, “I’m happy living here.”

Despite physical limitations and health issues, Roy is a familiar, smiling face to visitors and family members.

“Transitions Healthcare is my home and I will continue to live right here at home until my days are gone,” he said.

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