At 77, Pat Reynders is still a kid.
At least, that’s what she’s been told at Victorian Village. But even though she’s younger than most people who live there, she loves her new home, its location, and the company it provides.
“I’ve lived here 8 months, and I’m loving it,” she said. “I’m really happy I made the choice — my kids are happy I made the choice.”
After her husband passed away, Pat spent nearly two more years in her house before realizing that she didn’t like being alone, or being solely responsible for cooking, cleaning and upkeep. So she checked out a few places, and then came to Victorian Village.
When she found out that the apartment she wanted was available, she took it as a sign. She moved in to the turret room on the third floor, where on a clear day, she can see the Sears Tower. “They put in a whole brand new, shiny apartment for me,” she said.
Since her move-in, Pat has made friends with residents and staff alike. “The ladies I eat with, they’re all in their 90s — and they’re sharp as tacks,” she said. “The staff is wonderful, too. We’re very fortunate to have the staff we do. And it must be a nice place to work, because people stay a long time, and we get to really know them.”
She enjoys the activities available to her on campus, whether that is the Wii bowling league, a friendly game of pool, or just the crossword puzzles she works on in her apartment. She also enjoys her time off campus, whether dining out, grocery shopping, or volunteering.
“Victorian Village is small, but not too small — you really get to know people,” she said. “And the location of the building — you have everything at your fingertips. I’m really, really happy I made the choice to come here.”