Loring Hospital

Palmers Enjoy Comforts of Home at Oak Terrace Estates

Ruth Palmer shows off her apartment at Oak Terrace Esta

When the Palmers decided it was time to move from their home to enjoy more carefree living, Ruth knew that a condo wasn’t the answer. “At a condo, my husband, Keith, wouldn’t have to shovel, mow or do repairs, but I’d still have to do the cooking and cleaning,” said Ruth. “Oak Terrace Estates offered advantages over other living options.” Ruth is happy to say she never gets out a vacuum anymore, due to the weekly cleaning service at Oak Terrace. And she doesn’t have to cook much either, thanks to a generous meal provided daily that includes many of her favorites – from barbecue ribs with potato salad to glazed ham balls to Swiss steak, plus delicious desserts.

“The food is very good, and there’s quite a variety,” Ruth said. “It’s such a big meal we often take containers down and bring some back to our apartment. It’s convenient to have leftovers.” There are many conveniences of living at Oak Terrace, according to Ruth.

Phone and cable rates are much lower than they paid before, and rent includes utilities. Each unit has its own heating and cooling system, allowing the Palmers to set it for their personal comfort. The main entrance is secured for resident safety, and there are plenty of activities available, including a community exercise room.

But most importantly, the Palmers feel at home at Oak Terrace. Ruth said a typical day in their home feels much like a day in their previous home. They still enjoy their normal routines and the things they love, with the added benefit that there is always someone around. “Keith still works a little, so it’s nice to have a neighbor close by across the hall,” Ruth said. “We all enjoy each other’s company and get along well, which makes it feel like family.”

Quite a few of the residents walk the hallways for exercise, which was a convenient way for Ruth to rehabilitate after her recent hip surgery. Ruth’s favorite activity, playing bridge, is something she looks forward to every Monday night. And she and the other residents also enjoy the monthly birthday suppers and other seasonal celebrations and decorations provided by Barb and Brenda at Oak Terrace, which all add to its homey feel. “We enjoy living here,” Ruth said. “That’s important to our family, too. They like that we’re comfortable and safe.”