Patricia Simonson’s living room at Judson Park is a more manageable, right-sized version of her home of 55 years in Cleveland Heights. All of the furniture and art collected over time, with some editing, fits nicely into her new space: a one-bedroom apartment home with views of the city.
“I love the view!” Patricia enthuses. As a former emergency room nurse with what was St. Luke’s Hospital, she enjoys watching the air traffic-like helicopters sweep the sky. And at Judson Park, there’s really never a dull moment, she says. Patricia takes advantage of the cultural institutions at nearby University Circle, including attending concerts at Cleveland Institute of Music and going to lectures.
“And the pool here is wonderful,” Patricia adds of Judson Park’s own amenities.
Transitioning to Judson Park was Patricia’s decision. After open-heart surgery, she stayed with her son and his family for 10 months. Previously, Patricia had lived alone in her home for 20 years following the passing of her husband. But last year, she felt it was time to explore independent living options.
“I have two children who work at Case Western Reserve University, so they are nearby every day, and a younger son who lives with his family and has his business in Pepper Pike,” Patricia says. She and her family were sold on the ideal Judson Park location, the wealth of amenities available, and the beauty of the apartment homes. Patricia’s one-bedroom layout is perfect for her lifestyle, she says. “I wouldn’t change anything about it.”
“I feel at home being surrounded by the things that I’ve always had,” she adds, relating that the moving process was seamless thanks to Judson’s moving and transition services. Patricia relocated to Judson Park nine months ago and she feels at home. “I brought a lot of my pictures with me, including photographs of my children and my grandchild,” she says of personalizing the apartment.
Because there is a six-month “guarantee” there was really nothing to lose, Patricia adds. In fact, members can opt to rent the one-bedroom homes. “Living here gives me peace of mind,” she says.