My story: Orchard Estates is my welcome home

While living at Orchard Estates, Maynard decided it was time to re-learn the concertina.

On Maynard’s apartment door hangs a fish-shaped wooden plaque that offers a sportsman’s wisdom to passersby: “It’s better to think of God while you’re fishing than to think of fishing in church.” Just inside the door hangs a little framed piece of handiwork, a gift from his sister, that declares, “My rod and reel, they comfort me.”

In his mid-80s, Maynard, a widower and retired dairy farmer from the Biscay area, has settled with style into his apartment at Orchard Estates, the independent senior living facility on the GRHS Glencoe campus. He has furnished his cozy, one-bedroom apartment comfortably, strategically placing two overstuffed lift recliners near the windows. “Some of us need a little extra ‘oomph’ to get our old bones out of the chair,” he says.

Evidence of Maynard’s active, storied life is everywhere. An all-around outdoorsman and avid fisherman in every season, he displays photos of the big ones that didn’t get away for his visitors to admire. His small, homey kitchen has room for a round table and chairs, and he often enjoys cooking for himself. “I like going to the big dining room, too,” he adds. “I enjoy the company, and it’s nice to have the option of eating meals with my neighbors.”

Maynard is a patient of Dr. Amanda Leino, family medicine physician. Still driving “but only on back roads,” Maynard enjoys – and warmly appreciates! – the indoor walkways of the Glencoe campus, which provide exercise and a convenient way to keep his appointments with Dr. Leino. “It’s really nice to have her so close, and she always seems to find time to see me, even if I’m just wondering or worried about something,” he explains.

“I just know I’m in the right place here,” he says with a grin.

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