Independent Living: Childhood Sweethearts Find Their Future Home

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Retirement Home SweetheartsThe term ‘childhood sweethearts’ may be putting it lightly for Dick and Jeanine Walter. The couple, who met in sixth grade, has been married for 52 years with two children and seven grandchildren.

With such a history together, finding a home to spend their future was an extremely important decision. And they found just the right place at The Heritage of Green Hills, a planned continuing care retirement community near Berks Country.

Originally from Harrisburg, Pa., the Walters have now resided in Eagleville of Montgomery Country for 48 years. Dick worked as an industrial designer for a container manufacturer for 25 years and later started his own corporate leadership training company titled ‘Partners in Success.’

The couple devotes a great deal of their time to volunteer work. Aside from working with Meals on Wheels and the local soup kitchen, Jeanine makes quilts for charity with a group of women from their church. Meanwhile, Dick volunteers in the small business programs at two local colleges.

He also has a creative side as his hobbies include woodworking, stained glass and photography.

When it came to consider a transition, the Walters made a mental outline of what exactly they were looking for in a home. As they toured local facilities, they found many of them were outdated while those more updated were too formal with high-pressure sales tactics.

When Jeanine saw an ad for the The Heritage of Green Hills in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the couple proceeded to speak with Chris Romick. For Dick and Jeanine, it was a perfect fit in size and location compared to the 11 other communities they had visited.

The Walters were immediately drawn to the fact that it was a brand new community with friendly residents and staff, whom they felt were very down-to-earth. Before even visiting the Welcome Center, they put a deposit down so that they could reserve the residence they liked best.

Another aspect the couple enjoyed was the close proximity of the community to their daughter who is also located near Berks Country. The continuum of care and the community’s goals in terms of good health and wellness also played a role in their decision. Upon learning about the various events planned for residents, they were excited to meet their neighbors and forge new friendships prior to their move.

With their future home breaking ground with a recent ‘Salute to Freedom’ celebration months ahead of its construction schedule, the Walters have been very active with planned events meeting their future fellow residents. At the couple’s suggestion, the community held a ‘covered dish social’ at the Welcome Center that allowed future neighbors to become acquainted. According to Jeanine, the event was a huge success as she overhead one woman refer to the guests as her future ‘family.’

For a couple that so strongly values companionship, the Walters can rest assured that they have truly found the perfect home to continue their lives together.

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