Her Happy Place

Senior community proves to be a perfect fit for retired homemaker.

 Photo courtesy of Savannah Court of Orange City.

Mary Stone

Outside of dignitaries and high-ranking public officials, there aren’t a lot of people who can say they’ve seen the Queen of England and a sitting pope up close. But Mary Stone, a 92-year-old former homemaker, can.

Mary, who lived in Germany for four years while her husband, a career US Army officer, served there, encountered Queen Elizabeth II during a royal birthday procession and John XXIII while on a tour of the pope’s summer home.

“That was way back in the late ’50s and early ’60s,” Mary says. “When you live in Europe, you can actually get around to several countries in just one day, and I was fortunate to get around a bit when I was living there.”

Mary says she has lived “all over,” and she’s not exaggerating. In addition to Germany, she has also lived in Guam, Kansas, New Jersey and Florida. Since March, Mary has called Savannah Court of Orange City home.

“I was living on my own in Orlando, and my children didn’t like that,” Mary explains. “I had fallen a couple of times, and that worried them and me, so we all decided to find a place that was safe and secure where I could get good care if I need it.”

Mary and her family found all of that at Savannah Court, a senior living community nestled between metro Orlando and Daytona Beach that offers a cozy, small-town ambiance and the amenities necessary for residents to maintain an active lifestyle.

Provided by an experienced staff specializing in personalized care and hospitality, the amenities include assisted living services in private apartments, senior day care services for caregivers needing a day for themselves, and respite care for seniors recovering from illness or surgery.

“We provide the kind of support residents can’t get at home or at a lot of other places,” says Todd Brown, marketing relations director at Savanah Court of Orange City. “We’re a smaller, more intimate community, and that has many advantages.

“Everybody goes out of their way to make you feel comfortable and at home here.” – Mary

“Because we’re smaller, we have a direct hands-on approach with our residents. That allows us to make sure they are cared for in the best way possible and are as independent and active as they want to be with the various programs we offer.”

Those programs include an array of activities, including arts, crafts, music and games. Savannah Court also offers exercise programs to suit their residents’ needs and tastes and community events designed to promote camaraderie.

Mary says she’s “never been a bingo player kind of gal,” but she appreciates the opportunity her new home affords to interact with others. She says that while living on her own, she spent a lot of time on her own. That’s no longer the case.

“I’ve made a lot of new friends here, and I really like that because I enjoy being around other people,” Mary says. “I’d say the people are what I like the most about living at Savannah Court.
“All the people – the residents and the staff – they’re all so nice. Everybody goes out of their way to make you feel comfortable and at home. And if there’s anything you ever need, they take care of it for you.

“I definitely made the right choice coming to Savannah Court. The time was right, and I’m so comfortable and happy here that I’ve told some of my friends about it. I think it’s a great, happy place to live.”

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