Nancy and her husband, Alan, moved to Kendal at Oberlin in October 1993, the month that it opened its doors. Prior to their move, they researched retirement communities across the country. They had certain criteria they were looking for, including: financial integrity, opportunities for artistic endeavors, life-long learning, a voice in the community, and excellent healthcare. They found these and much more.
Moving from Wisconsin, Nancy and Alan had no connection to Oberlin or Ohio, but soon made those connections, with other interesting and engaged residents. They saw the Quaker values, which they admired, put into practice by staff and residents. Nancy and Alan, along with the other founding residents, helped shape the community. They have served on committees, volunteered, and engaged in personal pursuits.
Recently, Nancy has had some health issues that make assisted living a safer place for her to reside. Knowing excellent care would be available, when needed, was a key reason for choosing Kendal nearly 20 years ago. Since the Stephens Care Center is part of the community building, it keeps Nancy connected. A former stone and metal sculptor, Nancy continues to draw and paint, providing artwork for the resident publication, Eureka. She attends lectures and recitals in the Kendal auditorium, joins her husband and friends for meals in any one of several dining areas, and continues to be involved in resident life.
When asked about the move, Nancy said, “My life continues to be full. Kendal is an inclusive community, which offers me continued access to everything it has, and weather permitting, I take my scooter out on the surrounding paths.” She added, “I enjoy sitting at my desk, in my assisted living suite, with a garden view from my window.” Nancy also mentions the willingness of staff to help, but also the sensitivity and respect they show for her independence. Nancy is quick to say, she and Alan made the right choice twenty years ago. With a broad smile, she says “ No one does it better than Kendal…Kendal is home.”
Kendal at Oberlin is now taking direct admissions to Assisted Living. For more information contact social services at 440-935-0574.