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Resident ambassador promotes family-like atmosphere.

All through her youth and well into adulthood, Sylvia Daniel never had any desire or reason to leave her beloved home of Prattville, Alabama. Then some health issues forced her hand a few years into retirement.At Savannah Court, executive director Judith Robinson helps to promote a homey, family-like atmosphere.

“I had been having some trouble, and then one day, I fell and hurt myself,” Sylvia explains. “My daughter, who lives in DeBary, explained that it was just too far for her to drive back and forth to check on me all the time and asked if I’d move to Florida.

“I told her that if my sister Hattie was willing to go with me, I would, because Hattie and I are both widows, and I didn’t want to leave her there all alone. So, once Hattie agreed to go with me, we made the move down here together. That was in 2012.”

Sylvia and her sister lived together in DeBary for a little more than four years, until Hattie developed some health issues of her own that prompted her to move to Texas, where she was cared for by the niece she raised.

When Hattie died about two years ago, Sylvia was faced with having to make yet another move. This time, she wanted to be sure the move was to a place where she not only felt comfortable and cared for but would never need to leave.

The place she found is Savannah Court of Orange City, a senior living community that provides assisted living services, senior day care services for caregivers who need a day for themselves, and respite care for seniors recovering from illness or surgery.

Nestled just 20 minutes between Metro Orlando and Daytona Beach, Savannah Court of Orange City provides residents with a cozy, small-town ambiance while also offering all the amenities necessary to carry out an active lifestyle.

Sylvia Daniel was attracted to Savannah Court of Orange City by its family-like atmosphere.

“It’s one of those places where everybody is like family. That’s the thing that attracted me the most about Savannah Court. Everyone there treats you like family.” -Sylvia

“We’re not too big, and we’re not too small,” says Judith Robinson, executive director at Savannah Court of Orange City. “And one of the big plusses we have here is that everything is on one floor, which is great for our residents.”

Family-Like Atmosphere

Acting on tips from some friends, including one whose mother was already living there and strongly recommended it, Sylvia’s daughter was the first to suggest Sylvia take a tour of Savannah Court of Orange City.

“This friend’s mother had been living there for two years, and she said she loved it, so we decided to go by and take a look,” Sylvia confirms. “I immediately liked it because it’s not a real big place. It’s a smaller community where everybody knows each other.

“It felt a lot like home to me in that way, because Prattville is not a big town. It’s one of those places where everybody is like family. That’s the thing that attracted me the most about Savannah Court. Everyone there treats you like family.”

Sylvia made the move to Savannah Court of Orange City in May 2017. Since then, she has become more than just a resident. Sylvia, in fact, is one of the first people new or prospective residents meet when they first visit the community.

“They call me the welcoming ambassador,” Sylvia explains. “When a new person comes in to the community or if we have someone who is thinking about coming here and hasn’t made up their mind yet, I talk to them and show them around a bit.

Sylvia Daniel was attracted to Savannah Court of Orange City by its family-like atmosphere.

At Savannah Court, executive director Judith Robinson helps to promote a homey, family-like atmosphere.

“I show them our calendar of activities for the month and everything that we have here. We have a beauty salon, for example, and an activity room, and I just try to make them feel welcome and at home and let them know they’ll have friends here.”

A Friend to Many

Sylvia is a good friend to the staff at Savannah Court of Orange City as well. She often makes use of the small oven she has in her apartment to bake treats as a way of offering a special thank you to the staff members for their care and concern.

“I cook cornbread or corn muffins and cookies and other things like that,” she says. “The staff really seems to like them, and it’s my way of letting them know I appreciate all that they do for us because they’re all so kind and attentive to our needs.

“I’m usually pretty active, but just like anyone else, there are days when I’d rather just stay in my room. And when I do, someone always comes around and checks on me just to make sure everything is all right, which is so nice of them.

“Like I said, everyone is like family here, which is one of the reasons it’s such a good place. The meals are great, the laundry and cleaning services are great, and the people are great. And because of that, my time here really has been wonderful.

“It’s home for me now.”

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