Although it’s pretty common to hear about a son or daughter moving into their parents’ longtime home, it’s pretty rare to hear about a son or daughter who chooses to move into their parents’ former retirement community apartment—which is just what Sharon Camp did.
The Lakeview Village resident, who has lived in the Lenexa, Kan., community since 2008, said it wasn’t a difficult decision to move into her parents’ former apartment at the continuing care retirement community, which is celebrating 50 years serving the community this year.
“I moved to Lakeview because my parents lived here and I knew that it was a really nice community to live,” Sharon Camp shared.
And Camp isn’t alone. There are several Lakeview Village residents who were likewise inspired to move to community after seeing the amenities Lakeview offered their parents and family members during their time here. The group of “second-generation” residents recently got together for tea and conversation.
Sharon Camp’s Story
Camp said she made her decision to move to Lakeview Village five years ago, confident that the community would provide her with “outstanding service” in an environment she knew.
“Lakeview reaches out to people and ensures that residents are put first,” Camp said. “There are a variety of activities here and the staff at Lakeview wants everyone to get involved.”
Camp keeps herself busy; she is one of the residents in charge of the on-campus library. When not working in the library, she divides her time between participating in Lakeview’s fitness and extracurricular programs and reading on the campus grounds.
Above all, Camp appreciates the commitment provided by Lakeview staff and the friendliness of the entire community.
“The people, the camaraderie at Lakeview, stands out the most,” Camp said.
When Lakeview opened its doors in 1964, its first residents moved into the building now known as Heritage Place.
Current residents enjoy several new and improved buildings added to the campus in recent years, including the addition of a new nursing care center, three new apartment buildings, garden cottages and villas.
In 2010, Lakeview introduced the Community Wellness Center, which provides residents amenities such as a bistro, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation services, a swimming pool and a fitness center.
According to residents like Camp, one thing that has not changed about Lakeview is the community’s commitment to quality care.
“Lakeview provides as excellent service now as when my parents lived here, if not more so,” Camp said.