13 January 2020   

Before moving to Ashfield’s Cardinal Freeman Retirement Village late last year, Rae Lewis lived for 60 years in a heritage listed house in Strathfield, where she and her husband raised their two daughters and then hosted many birthday parties for grandchildren around their home’s pool.

“Leaving there was the hardest thing I have ever done,” Rae admits.

But following the death of her husband several years ago, and now in her mid-80s, Rae says she gradually came to accept her daughters’ advice that although still very fit and active, the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of such a large house and garden had become too much for her.

“We began looking at a few retirement villages, but I have a friend of 75 years I’ve known since primary school days who now lives in at Cardinal Freeman, and she spoke very highly of how lovely all the people are here, so this is where I decided to move.”

Whichever place she chose however, one essential pre-requisite for Rae was that she be allowed to bring her beloved little terrier, Andi, with her. So she was very pleased to discover that unlike some other retirement villages, Cardinal Freeman is a pet-friendly community, with its staff entirely understanding of just how important pets are to so many seniors.

“Andi is such good company and makes me laugh all the time with her funny little ways, and other residents here just love her,” Rae beams.

Another factor for Rae in choosing Cardinal Freeman is that it’s located only a short drive from a gym she’s been attending for many years, working out with friends and doing aquarobics in its pool. It’s also close to the golf club in Strathfield where she plays at least once a week and also has many friends.

Between these activities and playing table tennis, bingo and Scrabble at Cardinal Freeman, as well as keeping in close contact with her daughters and grandchildren, Rae says she’s “settled in well” to life in her fi rst-fl oor, two-bedroom apartment.

“There was a 100-year-old ‘Peace’ rose in our garden at Strathfi eld which I was so sad to be leaving, so I transplanted a few sticks of it to a pot on my balcony here. I really didn’t think it would take, but not only has it thrived, it blossoms at times of really special personal signifi cance to me.

“It’s almost like a sign from above that I’ve made the right decision!” Rae smiles.

“We began looking at a few retirement villages, but I have a friend of 75 years I’ve known since primary school days who now lives in at Cardinal Freeman, and she spoke very highly of how lovely all the people are here, so this is where I decided to move.”

Find out more about Cardinal Freeman’s wonderful community. Call 1800 72 71 70 today to speak to Jill and arrange a tour of the stunning apartments and over 55’s community.

 

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