Mickey Webb can’t say exactly what drew her to join Peachtree Hills Place in 2007. Honestly, she says, there is not enough time. Her initial reason for looking at the continuing care retirement community was fueled by watching her mother battle Alzheimer’s disease.
“I saw what happened to mother and I knew I didn’t want to be in a facility like so many I have seen,” said Webb. “When I saw Peachtree Hills Place, it just appealed to me. When you get to my age, you start wondering about the future and you know you will need help one way or another.”
An entertainer at heart, who loves to play around in the garden, Webb said she looks forward to spending time in the Peachtree Hills Place garden and greenhouse. She also plans to continue to entertain.
“The amenities at Peachtree Hills are wonderful,” said Webb. “They have numerous types of restaurants, exercise facilities and an inside pool. If I need to have food delivered to my home, they can do that too.”
During her initial search to find the perfect senior retirement housing to spend her glory years, Webb says that she was blown away not only by the conveniences that Peachtree Hills will offer including an on-site bank, various shops and medical facilities, but also by the fact that she will have more space and will pay less.
“When I did the math, I saw that my expenses at Peachtree Hills Place will be less than at my current home,” she said. “I will also have more space and more room. Right now I have four bedrooms upstairs in my home, but I never go up there. At Peachtree Hills Place, I will have an extra den and a keeping room off of the kitchen that I will be able to use.”
Perhaps the most unique aspect of Peachtree Hills Place is the amount of Members from Webb’s high school that will be her new neighbors.
“I went to high school at Washington Seminary (The Westminster Schools) with half of the people that have signed up,” she said. “It is nice to know the people that will be my neighbors.”
And for those that she doesn’t already know, Peachtree Hills Place holds numerous gatherings during the year in order for Members of the senior retirement housing community to get to know one another.
Webb is not alone. Many seniors are looking towards Atlanta Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) for a number of reasons. Libby Fennel, a transplant from New England, began her search more than 10 years ago with her husband, Jud. The couple was drawn to Peachtree Hills Place because of the top-notch medical care it offers.
“Everything there is just done so well,” she said. “As we get older we don’t get out as much. The concept of being able to socialize with friends was very appealing.”
Ms. Fennel, like Ms. Webb, both had an epiphany of sorts that helped make their decision to move to the Atlanta CCRC an easy one. While Ms. Webb watched her mother grow ill, Ms. Fennel saw her sister, who was determined to live at home her entire life; have to enter an Atlanta assisted living facility, which she recalls was quite grim.
“She could only go the assisted living route,” said Webb. “It was very tragic—she had to move to such a small space. For us seniors, moving to a senior retirement housing community is a hard decision, but it is one we have to make. This is the last place we will be.”
Emory Schwall, who recently reserved his spot at Peachtree Hills Place, said he is enthusiastic about what Peachtree Hills Place will offer. Schwall, a widower, said the decision to make the transition to a CCRC was done so because he did not want to create any problems for his children.
“I want to make my own decisions and this facility offers what I’ve been looking for,” said Schwall. “It’s the finest facility I have seen or that has been contemplated in Atlanta.”