Residents Tom and Margaret McQuillan Love Living at The Fountains

Moving to a community like The Fountains can help restore your independence while your family enjoys theirs.

“I think the kids are entitled to their independence and we’d like to encourage that…” – Margaret McQuillan, resident of The Fountains at RiverVue

You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Thomas and Margaret McQuillan on Friday, August 12th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)

Native New Yorkers, Tom and Margaret have always enjoyed Westchester life – the museums, restaurants, dinner theaters – and now that they’re living at The Fountains, they’re able to partake in it fully. They sign up for all the trips offered by The Fountains, get rides to and from the Tuckahoe library and can even walk to their favorite barber and hairdresser. Their three kids are delighted and relieved that Tom and Margaret are getting the assistance and care they need while enjoying the rich and abundant life they deserve after 63 years of marriage. One daughter and son-in-law have even become popular guest lecturers on subjects like Italian wines, cheeses and South Africa.

The most common mistake people make is failing to explore their retirement living options before a health crisis arises. Many close-knit families assume that whatever happens, they can rely on one another when times get tough. That may be true, but depending on your neighbors, kids or your spouse for every little thing can really take a toll on everyone’s well-being. They can’t always be there for you, as much as they would like to be. And where does that leave you? Stuck with no options…unless you’ve planned ahead. “We were living in Crestwood but I fell and broke my collarbone and then Tom had a couple of problems, you might say, that would have to be attended to and, you know, we used to work with each other on that, but then once I fell I couldn’t do that anymore…” – Margaret McQuillan

Living in Crestwood was increasingly difficult for the McQuillans. Even so, moving to a retirement community had never crossed their minds. Then one day Margaret slipped on the stairs and Tom had to call 911. That’s when their daughters helped them explore their options. “I mean living in our own home we had to arrange for somebody to take us shopping. I had to do the cooking. We had to have someone to come in and do the cleaning and help us with the laundry. It was a two-story, two flight house but then the laundry room was down in the basement. There was a lot of climbing of stairs. Actually was kind of dangerous.” – Margaret McQuillan

The Fountains was a great match so, in 2015, Tom and Margaret traded homeowner headaches for a lifestyle they love. Looking back, they wish they’d considered it sooner. “First of all, it’s near to our family. Secondly, it had a very good reputation. The food is excellent and there are some very nice people. We met some new people that we enjoy. We’re having our meals with them at tables. And we have maintained our independence and continue to live together as a couple while getting the assistance that we need and meeting new people.” – Margaret McQuillan


Grab a compelling novel from our library and sit by the warm fire.DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Tom and Margaret over a drink in the dining room or cappuccino on our terrace. Just call 1-914-574-2393 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.

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