Happier and healthier

Devonshire offers all the benefits of a healthy lifestyle

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November 29th, 2019
Ramona “Ann” Spears, who lives at Devonshire at PGA National, credits the physical therapy she received at Chatsworth, Devonshire’s on-site continuing care community, for her quick recovery.

Ramona “Ann” Spears, who lives at Devonshire at PGA National, credits the physical therapy she received at Chatsworth, Devonshire’s on-site continuing care community, for her quick recovery.

Recently, a landmark study found that residents of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are living notably happier and healthier lives than their non-CCRC counterparts. 

According to the study, which included more than 5,000 residents in 80 CCRCs across 29 states, “CCRC residents tend to have greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and vocational wellness than the demographically similar control group, and exhibited healthier behaviors beyond exercise to include diet and other healthy lifestyle choices.”

At Devonshire, life care (or type A continuing care retirement community)—one of the biggest contributing factors to this healthier lifestyle is the availability of an expansive network of care.

“When you move to Devonshire, you enter into a life care contract,” says Sales Counselor Maria Littleworth. “You move in as an independent community member, but should you ever need additional care, you can access the services of Chatsworth, our continuing care neighborhood, providing unbeatable peace of mind knowing that your monthly cost to live at Devonshire remains the same. Our life care plan is detailed in our Residency Contract and is all part of the savvy decision to choose this type of community.”

Chatsworth provides Devonshire community members access to rehabilitation, assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care.

Exceeding expectations

In 2015, Flo Kirsch and her husband Lee moved to Devonshire eager to enjoy the world-class services, make new friends, and experience the best in retirement living. However, earlier this year, Flo was admitted to Palm Beach Gardens Hospital with back problems. Upon her release, she was admitted to Chatsworth and underwent physical therapy.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect,” says Flo. “But the entire experience exceeded my expectations. Chatsworth is a wonderful place to rehabilitate and it is because of the staff. They put a smile in my heart and warmed my body and soul.”

Following a hospital stay for a heart attack, Flo’s neighbor Ramona “Ann” Spears spent several weeks at Chatsworth, an experience for which she is truly grateful.

“No one wants to be away from their home,” she says. “But I knew that I needed to take the time to recover. I’m so grateful that we have Chatsworth. I received very nice care and was very pleased with the staff. Everyone was so helpful, kind, and considerate.”

Like Flo, Ann received physical therapy, which she credits for her quick recovery.

“The therapy was essential to getting my strength back,” she says. “I believe it helped me heal more quickly. The supportive staff led me through a variety of stretches and work with rubber bands. As I improved, I moved on to the NuStep® [elliptical, cardio machine], which I really enjoyed. And as soon as I could, I started walking, something I enjoy doing at home.”

Enjoying the finer things in life

Like living at Devonshire, community members staying at Chatsworth enjoy unbeatable services, including restaurant-quality meals. 

“The food was wonderful,” says Flo. “I enjoyed salmon, chicken, fresh fruit, coffee, anything I wanted.”

Ann agrees. “I enjoyed three big meals a day, and they were all great,” she says. “In fact, I’m not even a dessert person and I could not stop eating the cakes. They were all wonderful and so many choices—coconut, chocolate, strawberry.”

Staying connected

One of the primary benefits of a life care community like Devonshire is the ability to rehabilitate in the same community where you live. Like the independent living neighborhood, Chatsworth is located at PGA National. As a result, spouses and neighbors can easily visit, quickening a person’s recovery.

According to a recent article published in Psychology Today, “social engagement is associated with a stronger immune system, especially for older adults, and better mental health.” 

While at Chatsworth, Flo’s spirits were uplifted when she received a blanket handcrafted by her friends, members of Devonshire’s Sew and So group.

During Ann’s stay, she recognized some familiar patients, those of Devonshire community members like herself, who were enjoying the advantages of living at a life care community.

“I feel blessed, it makes me so emotional,” says Ann. “To know that no matter what happens, I have a place to go, a wonderful place to recover and heal. [Executive Director] Jim Wingardner has done a wonderful job, going above and beyond to improve upon Chatsworth’s successes and to ensure that it provides the very best to our Devonshire community.”