Nearly five years ago, my husband and I decided to move to Epworth Villa, a continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, as independent living residents. We love it. We occupy a comfortable cottage on a secure and beautifully landscaped campus. We have just the space we need and no more, including an office for my husband (who still works) and a studio for me. We are free of hassles from household repairs and maintenance to lawn care and housekeeping. We enjoy access to dining services, on-campus banking, a pharmacy, a beauty/barber salon, and a Mercy medical clinic. Local transportation services are available for residents who no longer drive or prefer travelling as a group.
Many special activities meet the residents’ unique interests. There is always something to do: weekly movies, bridge games, musical programs, enrichment programs, conversation groups, water aerobics or fun exercising classes. My husband and I enjoy using the fully equipped fitness center. Should I run out of postage stamps or milk, I walk five minutes to the on-campus Market, a convenience store managed and operated by resident volunteers.
A wonderful professional staff takes care of residents with kindness and thoughtful attention. There is a great rehabilitation center with skillful therapists, which we have used with positive results. Chaplains and guest ministers offer spiritual guidance. An expert maintenance staff responds quickly to any household need. Late one weekend evening only 2 days before Christmas, we discovered that an in-wall water manifold had ruptured, flooding our guest room. Within minutes of our phone call to the 24-hour-manned front desk, Security showed up, followed by a maintenance crew that shut off the damaged water line, moved the furniture, vacuumed the wet carpeting, and began drying out the room. During the next ten days, despite the Christmas holiday, Epworth personnel repaired everything from bringing in a hazmat team to treat the flooded area for mold, to replacing the carpeting, repainting and repapering walls, and replacing our two bookcases. By the end of the holiday, our guest room and bath were good as new.
My husband and I chose to join a CCRC while we were still healthy and physically fit, and we haven’t regretted it. We urge anyone 70 years or older (and their children) to consider a similar retirement option before being forced to it by a serious health issue. And we highly recommend Epworth Villa for those planning to retire in the greater Oklahoma City area.