Enjoying All that a New Home as to Offer

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Sporting a hard hat because of the construction, Florence Koll was one of the first people to check out the new Sugarland Hill Independent Living Community when it first opened in 2006. Although she didn’t realize it was going to be an independent living building at first, once she found out she knew it was going to be her new home and moved in when it opened.

Florence was living in a different independent living community for six years prior to moving to her new home. Before that, she had been living with her husband for 15 years in Florida, but they decided to move to Virginia in order to be closer to her children and grandchildren in Leesburg and Bethesda.

After her husband passed away four years ago, she became unhappy with where she was living and decided to give Sugarland Hill a try. “I love the location, I’m a walker,” she said. “I need the bus for long distance, but the property right around our building is lovely and I can walk to shopping right down the corner.”

Originally from New York, Florence is 82 years old and enjoys politics and watercolor painting. She was a stay at home mother until her children were older and she worked as a purchasing agent for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing up until her retirement.

Florence describes Sugarland Hill’s facility as incredible, their apartments magnificent, and their staff as fabulous and friendly. “One of the best things about it is we only have about 80 apartments on four floors. If it’s raining or cold, we don’t have to go anywhere, we have everything within the building – a living room with a fireplace, library, exercise room, television room and billiard table. On the fourth floor there is a screened-in porch with fans on the ceiling and nice wicker furniture, it’s a delightful place to sit.”

Another feature that Florence enjoys is the accessibility to activities outside of the community, which are made widely available to residents who actually get to work with the activities director on what events are scheduled each month. Activities include going to the movies, group lunches and game nights.

“We have all kinds of people here,” said Florence. “A lot of them are former government employees or had been in the service, which makes for a very interesting friendly group.”

“I like how it is truly independent and it very so makes me feel like that,” she added. Despite all of the benefits she has enjoyed at her new home, it seems that maintaining her independent lifestyle has been the most important of them all.

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