Find out why we’ve earned the heartfelt recommendations of our residents and community partners.

There are so many reasons seniors love living at Hamlet, and we’d like to introduce you to a few of the folks who’ve found their ideal home here.

With a background as a professional actress and floral designer, Barbara Blossom has always led a vibrant life full of creativity. Since moving to Hamlet to be closer to her adult children, she has not only continued with her own interests but also found even more ways to be fulfilled in mind, body and spirit. She regularly takes part in fitness classes, learning opportunities and cultural outings.

“To me, it’s like being at summer camp with all of these activities and the friends you meet while doing them.”

After the loss of her lifelong love and husband of 50 years, Karen Godenschwager realized she was ready for a change. She branched out into a two-bedroom apartment at Hamlet and appreciated all of the freedom she was given to customize her new home and make it her own.

“I was able find the perfect sized apartment for what I needed. I knew I needed a workspace, a kitchen with plenty of room for baking and a special place for my granddaughters – and that’s exactly what we were able to create.”

With a background in banking and business ownership, Richard “Buzz” Parkin has always enjoyed being around people. When his beloved wife became terminally ill, they both decided he would be happiest at a community like Hamlet – where he could replace the burdens of home ownership with opportunities for social engagement.

“It’s an ideal situation because I don’t have to worry about mowing the lawn or anything like that – which leaves me free to grow closer to my friends and family.” To top it off, he has found the close-knit community at Hamlet to be truly welcoming – and full of activities and friendships, just the way he likes it.

Diane Woods didn’t want a medical diagnosis to push her into giving up her independence too early. She decided a move to Hamlet would ease the concerns of her grown children and provide the safety net she’d been looking for. “It’s the added support that makes a difference – I can take scheduled transportation or have meals in the dining room if I don’t feel up to doing things on my own.”

She fell in love with the gorgeous natural surroundings – and finds the peaceful setting to be beneficial for her health. It’s been an added bonus to meet new people and develop close friendships. “I’ve found much more of a sense of community than I’ve ever had anywhere else.”

Nancy Ludwig knew she wanted to settle into a senior living community sooner rather than later because she felt her own parents had waited too long. Since coming to Hamlet, she’s remained connected to the community of Chagrin Falls as she enjoys regular pickleball games and other past times in town with friends.

She’s found a true sense of belonging at Hamlet – where she and her fellow residents have created a beautiful backyard patio to share outside of their building. “It’s really a wonderful place to sit and meet at the end of the day.”

After spending most of her life caring for others, Bev Keough has continued to serve others and give back to the community since coming to Hamlet. She loves helping out friends at Hamlet and shares her passion for knitting as the leader of the community knitting class. She embraces as many opportunities as possible and feels that staying active keeps her young at heart. But she also finds a sense of peace in her beautiful apartment at the end of a busy day.

“I have the most beautiful view and it truly feels like I’m living in a treehouse.”

John Good has always kept himself busy and is determined to stay that way. After losing his wife and experiencing a health setback, his priority was to find a place with a vibrant lifestyle along with assistance to make daily life a little easier. He found it in assisted living at Hamlet – where a full calendar of daily activities gives him the chance to get involved and socialize with other residents.

“We have everything from exercise to art classes to social hours to taking trips. All you need to do is open your door and join the fun.” 

After doing her research to find an economical option for downsizing in her retirement years, Mar Gorczyca found that not only did the numbers add up at Hamlet, but also she was pleased to find a stress-free, sociable lifestyle in a beautiful area with neighbors who treat one another like family.

“It’s such a nice place to walk around, meet people and talk to them. It’s close enough to town that you can walk down the hill and go to Chagrin, and it’s a supportive community where people are looking out for you to stay safe.”

Moving to Hamlet made a lot of sense for John Cimperman – he could be closer to some of his family members and have on-site assistance should any health concerns arise. Because of his active background as a former city council member and avid golfer, he was also looking for a place to keep him busy.

He and his family found just that with Hamlet’s beautiful 12-acre wooded campus. “I enjoy getting out and walking around on the property. And the activities are all very entertaining.”

First becoming acquainted with Hamlet when her mother was a resident, Cindy Grant now helps Hamlet seniors through her own concierge business. She has taken notice of how residents find a true sense of belonging when they become part of the Hamlet family.

The residents look out for each other. If someone’s not feeling well, they’ll knock on the door to check on each other.