Why We Chose The Estates: Dona and Chuck Nash

We can go on and on about why The Estates at Carpenters is the place for today’s active, independent older adults. However, we subscribe to the model of “show, don’t tell,” so we’d rather you hear the story straight from the people who matter most – our residents.

“Dona and Chuck are such a wonderful addition to our The Estates Community,” says Christine Royer, Marketing Director at The Estates at Carpenters, a Life Plan Community in Lakeland, Florida. “They’re a perfect reflection of how active and engaging lives meet the maintenance- and worry-free lifestyle you’ll find at our retirement community.”

Dona and Chuck Nash have lived very active, engaging lives throughout their last 15 years in Florida. If there is one thing they knew for certain, it’s that they wanted to continue living life this way. “We’ve lived in Clermont for the past five years, right on the lake,” says Chuck. “We love boating with our grandchildren and playing golf. I am a woodworking enthusiast and my wife likes to play cards and board games,” he adds. When they were looking at senior living communities, they wanted something that would match and exceed their current lifestyle, without giving up anything they love.


Doing Their Research

“We did a lot of homework,” said Chuck. “We looked at several different locations in Florida and were looking for a couple of things.” First and foremost, they wanted to remain in Central Florida, but there were also a number of items their future home needed to check off their list, like:

  • Being a not-for-profit community – where they would continuously reinvest in their programming, lifestyle and support.
  • Offer all three stages of care – from independent and assisted living to skilled nursing.
  • A variety of programming and activities that they could enjoy, including all the things they love.
  • They could be as active as they wanted, when they wanted.
  • A friendly and warm atmosphere.
  • The ability to remodel and personalize units.

They found all of this and more at The Estates.


Making the Decision

“We knew that our home in Clermont would take time to sell,” Chuck said. The family knew that it would come down to the right family to fit it. Because of this, Chuck and Dona were involved at The Estates for about a year prior to making their move.

“We continued to come after we made the decision to move here – we attended marketing lunches, heard speakers and met other residents. I knew it would be tough to give up my woodworking shop – and then I heard they were in the process of expanding their current woodworking environment.” Now, not only would Chuck’s space to work be larger, but it would also allow him to donate his tools while still being able to use them and expand on his abilities.

“When a lot of people leave a single-family residence, you often give up your special spaces. The availability of this was a big deal to us,” he stated. “Everyone here was willing to listen to current and prospective residents on what their lifestyle and more should look like.” This sealed the deal.


New Beginnings and a New Look

This past month, they moved into their new, personalized apartment home at The Estates. Their floor plan, The Grand Cypress. was hand-picked for a variety of reasons. “Because of the size and extra spaces it offers, our grandchildren and children have a bedroom to stay in and we don’t have to give up our office,” Chuck said. “We can maintain a lot of things that are important to us even though we have downsized, and it doesn’t leave us needing to make a big change to our lifestyle.”

“There are so many fun decisions to make,” he said. “From floor coverings and cabinetry to wall colors and appliances, it takes a lot of time to choose the perfect design.”

“We love that The Estates allows us to choose our own idea of what we like, not basing their designs on someone else’s vision.” He added that everyone at The Estates is easy to work with and they are very excited for the move. “The marketing staff is so friendly and helpful. We can’t wait to start this new and exciting period in our lives!”


About The Estates at Carpenters

The Estates at Carpenters is a Life Plan Community offering worry-free independent living, assisted living and high-quality skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. For over 34 years, The Estates has provided older adults in the area with an active, engaging lifestyle filled with abundant choices and the amenities and services that make life easier. A lifestyle designed to keep older adults healthy and well today – and tomorrow.

For more information on The Estates or to RSVP to an upcoming event, contact Cristine at 863-853-5505 Ext. 142 or visit our website.

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