Ready for Change: A Move to A Retirement Community

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grandparents chatting in a retirement home

The Pyles, had been living in a 55+ community when they decided to look into different housing options that offered more support.

“When I retired, I thought I should’ve done it sooner. Now, I always say I should’ve moved sooner, I’ve enjoyed it here that much,” said Donn Pyle.

Donn, of course, is referring to Riddle Village, a Lifecare Retirement Community in Media, Pa., where he recently moved with his wife of 33 years, Meg.

Although he may have delayed his retirement, Donn had a longstanding career in communications with AT&T while Meg worked as a secretary. Over the years, their family grew with a son and grandson. After retirement, Donn volunteered for AARP and served as treasurer of the Springfield chapter for 11 years.

“Our home was not hard to maintain, but my husband always has a plan,” Meg said with a laugh. “Our number one priority was to have a facility that offered healthcare. We wanted to have our cake and eat it too.”

After looking at several communities in the area, the Pyles put a deposit down on a place that they eventually realized was not right for them in the long run. It was when they came across Riddle Village that there was no question where they would be spending their future years.

“We found exactly what we wanted. Riddle Village had more of the amenities we were used to and we didn’t want to give those things up,” said Meg.

While it was their second time downsizing, the couple found that the community helped further ease the moving process.

“It was the easiest move we’ve made,” said Donn. “It was so convenient here; we were able to bring with us anything we wanted and they accommodated it.”

For the Pyles, the smooth transition was not only due to the assistance with the actual move, but also the welcoming atmosphere they found from day one.

“People are extremely friendly, and that goes for the staff here too,” said Meg. “They go out of their way to speak to you and make you feel welcome.”

In addition to making friends, the couple has been busy as ever with various activities and organizations. With amenities including a Billiards/game room and putting green, there is never a dull moment for residents, and according to Meg, there is something to do every night in Riddle Village’s Towne Hall. The Pyles also particularly enjoy utilizing the community’s fitness equipment regularly.

“There’s a pool for water exercises and a beautiful workout room with state-of-the-art equipment and a wonderful trainer,” she said.

Whether they are on-the-go or relaxing on their scenic patio, the Pyles could not be happier with the flexibility they have found at Riddle Village. Most importantly, they know they can maintain their active lifestyles with the assurance that healthcare services are available for them as needed. Knowing that they can remain together with a personal care and skilled nursing care facility onsite means a great deal to the couple.

It is this sense of security along with the engaging atmosphere of Riddle Village that leaves the Pyles wishing they had only made the move sooner. “People will say ‘I’m not ready yet,’ but when you get over that, it’s really surprising,” said Donn.

Meg continued, “It’s just a wonderful place for people our age. We like it here very much.”

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