Families Get Closer by Spending Their Retirement Years at St. Catherine’ Village

After administering COVID-19 vaccinations to its residents, St. Catherine’s Village is cautiously easing its restrictions and offering activities to re-engage seniors living at the all-inclusive Life Plan Community in Madison, Mississippi.
A few residents who are excited to get back to a more social lifestyle are sisters Nancy Gilbert and Carolyn Cooper who are following in their mother’s footsteps by living at St. Catherine’s Village.
Nancy and her husband Spencer retired to an independent living apartment from Jackson where Spencer had practiced law. They were already familiar with the community because they both had loved ones who had lived at St. Catherine’s Village.
“My dad was not here as long as Nancy’s mother but the care he received was outstanding,” said Spencer.
“We always knew that when the time was right for us, we’d move here, too,” said Nancy. The couple was so impressed by the care their parents received they never considered moving anywhere else for their retirement years.
A long-time volunteer at St. Catherine’s Village, Nancy was joined by Bill “Slim” McCulloch in her musical performances. Born in Chicago, Slim grew up in Washington, DC, then came back in the 1960s to launch a 25-year career as a journalist, freelancer and blues musician. He met Carolyn, Nancy’s younger sister, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina when they were both in their 50s.
“We hit it off immediately and have been partners ever since,” he explained. “We knew early in our relationship that we wanted to retire to a Life Plan Community.”
Slim and Carolyn found the right fit in a cozy, third-floor independent living apartment that overlooks one of the lakes at St. Catherine’s Village.
“What appealed to me the most was the beauty of the place,” said Carolyn. “The apartment was completely renovated and is aesthetically very pleasing but I adore the gorgeous grounds—there are 160 picturesque acres and it has a real college campus feel.”
A former nurse, Carolyn and Slim also appreciate the level of care they receive.
“It has been such a joy to be here with my sister,” she said. “We fought as kids and never dreamed we’d so happily share this stage of our lives.”
“Being a resident here has given us a feeling of security that will carry us right on through because no matter what level of care we need, we know we’ll get it and be well served,” said Nancy.
Madison’s pre-eminent all-inclusive Life Plan Community, St. Catherine’s Village is the first retirement community in Mississippi to earn accreditation by CARF-CCAC. This “commitment to excellence” seal signifies that the campus exceeds the standards established by the only international accrediting body for CCRCs. Living options include independent living apartments and garden homes, assisted living in Marian Hall, memory care in Campbell Cove and Hughes Center, and skilled nursing in Siena Center and Tuscany.
For information, log onto www.StCatherinesVillage.com or call (601) 856-0123.
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