Resident Testimonials

Take it From Our Residents

Get a better feeling of what life is like at Peabody Retirement Community through some of our resident testimonials:


Meet Lori Starkey, daughter of Doris Peters

Doris Peters
Doris Peters was told she’d need rehabilitative care before returning home from the hospital, and even before leaving the emergency room, she said, “I’m going to Peabody.”

Doris was returning to a recently-built, totally accessible home. So daughter Lori and her siblings were delighted that the Peabody physical and occupational therapy team could help their mom regain all the independence she needed to live comfortably again at home. Smiles all around.

Meet Margaret & Larry Floor

Meet Mary Heminger

“I’m always delighted when a happy homeowner passes along my name to someone who needs a good listing agent. So, when others do a great job for me, I’m more than happy to make a recommendation. I recommend Peabody.”

Meet Gene Rohrer

Gene Rohrer
“It was an easy decision. I was so pleased with the results I got at Peabody following my total knee replacement that I didn’t hesitate to prearrange another stay. I requested the same room and the same therapist.”

When Gene Rohrer scheduled his upcoming back surgery and learned he’d need rehabilitative care, he pre-registered for the Rehab to Home program at Peabody Retirement Community.

With Gene’s total knee replacement, he was transitioned from rehab care ahead of schedule, and he credits much of his speedy recovery to Peabody’s exceptional team.

Independent Living

Meet John & Brigitte Curtis

Meet Ned & Judy Short

“We really love our yard – planting flowers, tending shrubs, relaxing on our patio. Peabody handles all yardwork for residents, but we’re glad they’re willing to make an exception for us.”

Meet Nancy Givens

“I get bored easily, so I love that Peabody offers so many activities. But with no pressure. You can pick and choose what to do. It’s so much fun, I wish I’d made the move 10 years sooner!”

Meet Marilyn and Tom Drew

Marilyn and Tom Drew
“We considered the move to Peabody a gift to our kids, because we didn’t want our two sons and daughter to worry about us. But, honestly, it turned out to be a gift to us too.”

The Drews traded a two-story home with a full attic and barn, large yard, and pond for a Lindsey Place Garden Home—plus the community amenities and health care security that come with it.

According to the couple: “Peabody is perfect. Nice people, beautiful grounds, excellent location, and so much to do! Our social life is even busier now. We’ve already recommended Peabody to our friends.”

Assisted Living

Meet Sharie and Jerry Aikins, Inez’s Caregivers

Sharie and Jerry Aikins
“Inez lived with us for two years before moving to Peabody Inn assisted living. We considered 7 or 8 communities, Peabody is the only one that earned our trust.”

As a nurse, Sharie admits she approached the search for a senior living community for her mother-in-law from a unique perspective: “I looked at what Inez needed now and in the future. That’s why my husband and I chose the Peabody Inn.”

According to the Aikins, “The residents were getting out and about—happy, smiling and interacting—not staying in their rooms. We were confident the staff would help us keep Inez as independent as possible.”

Wanda Woodward

Wanda Woodward
“I was ready for someone else to cook and clean. Those never were my favorite things to do! Now I have time to participate in all the activities and trips I want and I can volunteer in the Gift Shop. If you’re thinking about assisted living, don’t wait. Peabody is a great place to live. I love it here!”

Memory Care

Meet Craig, son of Russell Leichty

Russell Leichty
You’re not likely to find retired carpenter and memory care resident Russell Leichty up on a roof, performing repairs as he’d like, but Russell’s son Craig finds it comforting to know that Peabody makes his father feel like he can.

“The Peabody staff taps into Dad’s likes and dislikes,” Craig Leichty says. “They’re determined to continue to work with him to maintain cognition.”

Peabody’s memory care program specializes in person-centered, activity-focused care for Russell and fellow residents with cognitive conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

“I know it’s important for Dad to feel useful, and I’m confident Peabody’s going to continue to help him do that,” Craig explains. “I believe bird houses are on the agenda.”

Health Center

Meet Joan Eberhart

Meet Dr. Jeanette Wilcox, daughter of Shirley and Marion Wilcox

Shirley and Marion Wilcox
As an oncologist, Dr. Jeanette Wilcox brings a unique perspective to her view of Peabody Retirement Community.

Her parents, Shirley and Marion Wilcox, have lived in independent living, memory care, and health care—and across all three neighborhoods, the physician has been impressed with Peabody’s bedside manner.

“As a physician, I know it is important to like your patients…to truly care about them,” says Dr. Wilcox.

“I recognize that same sense of caring and empathy in those who work at Peabody. I can see that they truly love working and being with older people. It may sound like a little thing, but it is so important.”

Peabody may also be doctor-approved because it’s more than a traditional retirement community.

“Peabody offers a complete continuum of care—with specialized neighborhoods for everything from independent living apartments to end-of-life care,” explains Dr. Wilcox. And she would know—from experience. Her parents first chose to live in an independent living apartment at Peabody Retirement Community, but when her father needed extra care for Alzheimer’s disease, he transferred to the Frank and Laura Smock Memory Enhancement Center.

“Mom could go to the Smock Center every day to be with my father—to enjoy Dad—without worrying about him receiving the cognitive memory care he needed.” Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox have since passed.

“Since I live out of state and can’t be with Mom as often as I’d like, I am grateful that she’s in good hands at Peabody. They call me often to discuss her care,” Dr. Wilcox explains. “And although Mom’s health makes it impractical for her to have a phone, anytime we want to talk, the Peabody team takes a phone to her—and they give us all the time and privacy we want just to chat.”

You could say, for the Wilcox family, Peabody is just what the doctor ordered.

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