How does it feel to live a life filled with resort-style amenities like chef-prepared meals, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an indoor heated salt-water pool? What’s it like waking each morning knowing you have access to a creative arts studio and woodworking shop, fascinating lectures and classes, and the charming seaside atmosphere of historic downtown Mystic, Connecticut?
Just ask the residents of StoneRidge. They love where they live and love to share their stories.
In Their Own Words
There’s nothing quite like hearing what a place is like from the people who make it home. Here are a few words from StoneRidge Residents, Harvey W. Austin, MD and Chet Andrews.
Harvey W. Austin, MD
“Our house getting to be too much? Yes.
Moving closer to Arleen’s daughter in Old Lyme? You bet. Yet, moving to a retirement community with all those old folks? Didn’t like that idea so much.
My wife and I were so uncertain about retiring to a community we didn’t expect to hear, ‘We should have come here sooner.’ Yet we heard that frequently. Not once have we heard, ‘I came here too soon.’
Arleen did the research for a dozen places in Connecticut. Moving three thousand miles from Oregon meant we had to get it right the first time.
We have lived at StoneRidge for five months. It has become our home. We got it right.
We love being here, way more than we supposed. Two special reasons above and beyond the great facilities, the caring staff and the terrific food.
Joy. I have never been with a happier group of people. We laugh a lot, we eat together, we play a lot.
Community. We had assumed our neighborhood was a community. No, just a group of big houses. But StoneRidge is a community. And I have discovered I love the idea that I shall grow old with such delightful folks.
Being here has exceeded my greatest expectations.”
“I could comment on the many positive reasons why my wife and I chose StoneRidge such as the staff, management, dining facilities, activities, and location, but rather than that I want to comment on an issue that I never considered. That is the issue of friendship and understanding.
My wife passed away fifteen months after our arrival. Needless to say, after sixty-four years of marriage this was the most devastating thing that ever happened to me. Yes, our children were there at the time, but the StoneRidge residents, new friends I had known for barely over a year, were there for me too. They seemed to have an innate understanding of my distress. They were there to walk, talk, visit, sit in silence or be chatty. Now, nearly four and a half years later, the remembrance of their comfort and friendship has continued to support me.
I don’t think “Community Support” has ever been identified as a benefit of living in a CCRC. I want to be sure that StoneRidge is recognized as having the most caring and supportive community of residents you could possibly ask for. It has been nearly six years now, and I know I made the right decision to come to StoneRidge in Mystic, CT.” — Chet Andrews