Caption: Photo of Deupree House resident, Nancy Schpatz
It can be hard to ascertain the true experience of a retirement community just from looking at websites or brochures. So, what do Deupree House residents love about their independent living neighborhood so much?
The Dining Experience
“I have a very, very serious problem with the dining room here,” laughs Deupree House resident Nancy Schpatz. “And that is — they serve such good food that I can’t stay away from it!”
Deupree House provides both a traditional, formal dining room experience, as well as the more casual Grille 39.
The dining room is open for dinner and a weekly brunch, offering both nightly specials and a restaurant-style menu. Enjoy a glass of wine with your multi-course meal, which starts with a delicious soup or another appetizer. You’ll find a choice of at least two entrees, such as lamb shank with demi glaze, or chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto and fontina, and drizzled with sundried tomato sauce.
Typical sides might include tasty, nutritious dishes like spinach souffle, along with a salad such as arugula, roasted sweet peppers, goat cheese and toasted pine nuts. Of course, a healthy but delicious dessert is always on offer. And don’t forget Sunday brunch, where our chefs whip up something special each week!
Nancy Schpatz additionally praises the friendly, “white glove” style service at the Deupree House dining room. “They know how to lead from the left, remove from the right — all those things that we as older people are especially cognizant of.”
When you’re in the mood for a more casual dining experience, Grille 39 is there for both lunch and dinner, six days a week. Here you’ll find fresh, fun entree choices that include “build your own” pastas and stir fries, along with burgers, salads, sandwiches, and regular or flatbread pizzas.
Sides like sweet potato fries or mac & cheese are also on offer at Grill 39, along with appetizer options such as mozzarella sticks, Caesar salad, or chili. And if you’ve got room for dessert, check out the special milkshakes, homemade cookies, fresh fruit, and more, which the chefs make available with lunch or dinner.
The Active Social Calendar
Deupree House residents can’t be blamed for bragging a bit about their neighbors, especially when it comes to how welcoming the entire retirement community is.
“It’s very easy to make friends here,” enthused Kaki McClanahan, who lives at Deupree House with her husband, Don. “There are so many interesting people — and they’re not only interesting, but they’re welcoming.”
Don agrees, saying that “When you move in here, you suddenly become family. Everybody looks out for everybody else, no matter what.”
Certainly, there are always plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle at Deupree House, whether you prefer “Coffee in the Clubhouse,” Bible study, or meeting up with friends at the onsite cinema for a fun movie.
If you like to pursue purposeful living while trying new things, check out the Deupree House calendar of events and activities. Bus trips to Hyde Park Plaza, outings to ballet, weekly poker and bridge games, special art classes, lectures, and concerts are all part of Deupree House’s chock-full calendar.
The Wellness Opportunities
Deupree House’s wellness calendar offers something for everyone, from water aerobics in the pool to “ageless yoga.” Balance classes and seated/standing aerobics are also on offer.
Not feeling quite as sociable on certain days? You can take Deupree House workout classes via Zoom, walk the spacious grounds, or do quiet laps in our pool. Or why not spend an hour digging in your own garden plot, which each resident is given?
While you may prefer to visit your own physician when it comes to overseeing your health needs, it’s still good to remember that a nurse is onsite at Deupree House, and there is also a 24-hour emergency response system. In addition, residents appreciate knowing that nursing care, rehabilitative therapies, and other medical services are available.
Of course, looking good can also be an important part of overall wellness for many people. That’s why Deupree House offers salon services for both men and women. From the perfect mustache trim to a manicure and “blowout,” there’s nothing quite like a visit to the salon to boost confidence.
The Supportive Atmosphere
What ties together all of these services and amenities? According to Deupree House residents, the caring, friendly staff makes this retirement community feel truly like home.
Linda Collard, for example, appreciates the staff’s prompt attentiveness. “They always respond. That’s the type of place it is. It’s a gentle place,” she noted. “They give you privacy and respect you as a person….I am a happy camper!”
If you’re considering moving to an independent living neighborhood, contact our team here at Deupree House, and get to know some of our residents. Purposeful living in a truly remarkable retirement community may be just around the corner for you!