A Day in the Life at Deupree House

A Day in the Life at Deupree House

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Pictured: Deupree House residents Dean Colville and Marv Collins 

What is it like living in an independent living community dedicated to helping each resident find their own way of living purposefully? At Deupree House, there are many stories of older adults achieving a higher quality of life within our senior living community. 

Beyond a doubt, purposeful living is about finding your own way to make every day count. So let’s take a closer look at what a day in the life of some of our residents is like.

Meet Dean Colville & Marv Collins

​​Dean Colville and Marv Collins enjoy their retirement with new activities and old favorites. That may mean spending time playing the chapel organ, something Marv has enjoyed since college. Dean spends some afternoons in the fitness center, using the treadmill and weights.  

They often welcome neighbors to their home for wine and snacks — like Marv’s pimento cheese recipe — before dinner in Grille 39 or the dining room.  

Deupree offers many amenities, including a walking path that winds its way through the community. Its thoughtful design inspires interaction with nature, bird feeders, patios, and a gazebo – encouraging residents to chat with neighbors.  

Deupree House transportation takes residents where they like to go, allowing them to experience the community’s rich cultural assets. Beyond the Deupree House campus options, they also appreciate performances by gifted artists at the Matinée Musicale Cincinnati in Memorial Hall. Afterward, they’re creating new memories with friends at Montgomery Inn’s The Boathouse. 

They rave about caring team members who work at Deupree House, including one who helped find stored-away music books, and the team at the reception desk that is always so friendly.  

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dean and others helped care for the beautiful gardens and flowers on the property, maintaining them when the professional horticulturist couldn’t go inside to tend the plants. Marv and Dean had enjoyed a large garden at their Anderson Township home before they retired. 

Dean and Marv also have many good things to say about their friendly and bright neighbors, who offer fun conversations and insights.  

What Do Other Residents Do?

Independent living lets people do things they find fulfilling. They might spend time in the chapel each morning, talk with other residents over coffee, or just enjoy the beautiful outdoors.  

When longtime resident Nancy Schpatz isn’t busy serving as president of the Deupree House Resident Council, she loves walking, and does so often. She also plays an electric keyboard in her apartment. 

Resident Michael Porte strives for purposeful living. He learned Tai Chi 40 years ago at Deupree House. He now shares his enthusiasm with other residents by teaching it to them. He’s also passionate about writing.  

Help is available to residents, even as they live independently. Freedom from less enjoyable tasks – such as preparing meals and keeping up with the home – allows time for more pleasant activities. Linda Callard now has more time to meet people, entertain neighbors at cocktail parties in her garden-view apartment, solve crossword puzzles, and play bridge. Those activities help keep her mind sharp while she enjoys a high quality of life. 

With purposeful living, there are no complex rules for what residents must accomplish. It’s about finding the path that makes them happy. 

What Is a Day in the Life at Deupree House Like?

Living in an independent living community provides individuals with a way to explore their retirement uniquely. Each person has access to some of the best amenities available within the community and can choose what they would like to enjoy that day. Living well means more than great dining and attractions of the Greater Cincinnati area. Deupree House helps each resident reach their full potential through intellectual stimulation, physical fitness, spiritual connectedness, and social engagement. 

There are no hard rules regarding what they have to get done or have to accomplish. In retirement, it’s more about finding your own path that makes you happy. Purposeful living is an opportunity the residents in our community can explore.

Why not take some time to learn more about Deupree House? If you are considering the move to independent living, our retirement community welcomes you to take a closer look and learn what this type of lifestyle could mean to you.

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Kristin Davenport
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March 01, 2022
Kristin Davenport is the Director of Communications for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Kristin leads ERS’s efforts to share stories that delight and inspire through social media, online content, annual reports, magazines, newsletters, public relations, and events. Kristin earned her BFA in graphic design from Wittenberg University. She joined ERS in 2014 after a 25-year career as a visual journalist and creative director with American City Business Journals. Her role at ERS has ignited her passion for making Cincinnati a dementia-inclusive city, and she spends time with residents as a SAIDO® Learning lead supporter. Kristin is the executive producer and co-host of the Linkage Podcast for ERS. Kristin and her husband Alex live in Lebanon, Ohio, with their two daughters. She also serves as a Trustee and the President of the Lebanon Food Pantry and is a board member for ArtScape Lebanon, where she teaches painting and has an art studio, Indium Art.

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