Worth the Wait
Though Carol and Floyd Meredith have enjoyed their home of 11 years, a community for retired clergy, there is just one thing missing. Longing for a continuum of care that can provide a comforting future, the Merediths are currently anticipating their move to Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford, Pa. But thanks to the continuing care community’s friendly staff and their future neighbors, the couple already feels very much at home.
“The care that seems to be going into planning and making a place available for us has been great,” said Carol. The Merediths are among the many individuals looking forward to the 60 apartments and 29 villas that will be added as part of Ware Presbyterian Village’s latest expansion project.
Married for 57 years with three children and four grandchildren, the couple met when Floyd was in the Air Force and located in Carol’s home state, Wyoming. Eventually Floyd was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1965 and retired in 1997.
“I enjoyed being with people, helping them solve their problems and just sharing good news,” he said.
Working as an accounting manager for the Presbytery of Philadelphia for 23 years, Carol loved being part of the church family as well.
With so many happy years behind them, the Merediths wanted to find a home where they could spend their future years together while receiving the health care they potentially needed. When researching their options, however, they also wanted to take into account each community’s amenities and overall cost.
It was when they visited a friend living in Ware Presbyterian Village’s villas that they knew it was a perfect fit.
“It was just so attractive and well organized,” said Floyd. “We were very much drawn to the situation and to it as a possible home when we finally made our move.”
Because he has Parkinson’s disease and Carol has Rheumatoid arthritis, the couple knew it was inevitable they would need the available care at Ware Presbyterian Village. As the community offers assisted living as well as skilled nursing and rehabilitation, the couple could feel secure knowing their needs would continue to be met.
Though they have yet to become official residents of the community, they have already felt in many ways that they are home. The staff has arranged several events, such as an outing to Longwood Gardens and a tea social that has helped introduce future residents to one another and ultimately allowed them to better assimilate to the community.
“We’ve met so many people on the waiting list at various functions we’ve attended,” said Carol.
By attending seminars on how to downsize and sell the family home as well as open discussions on what should be available in the new apartments, the Merediths have already been quite involved with life at Ware Presbyterian Village.
And they have a great deal more to look forward to. While Carol enjoys reading, cross stitch and scrap booking, Floyd has been kept busy through his involvement in the church. For their free time, however, the community features several activities including local lectures, movies, sporting events, theatrical programs and card clubs as well as musical entertainment and ice cream socials.
Having established connections with staff and their future neighbors, the Merediths could not be more excited for a promising future at the home that they know is well worth the wait.