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Adjusted, thankful residents enjoy Windsor of Savoy

Adjusted, thankful residents enjoy Windsor of Savoy
If you ask 92-year-old Lois Guither what she likes about the Windsor of Savoy retirement community, she can recite a long list of benefits, including German chocolate cake.

guither-(1).jpgShe and her husband of 45 years, Harold, have lived in one of the independent apartment buildings for 8½ years. While safety precautions against COVID prevent them from doing things like going to the library or participating in large group activities like their Bible study, they look at the positives.

Lois said residents receive tests regularly for COVID and they have their temperatures taken every day. Instead of gathering in a dining hall, meals arrive at their door. “They have the nicest servers who come to our door with our meals,” she said.

The retirement community with independent and assisted living apartments opened in 1988 and the Carle Foundation is the parent company.

Residents may have vehicles to drive on their own, but drivers are also available to take them to medical appointments. “Once a driver escorted me inside the building because he knew I was scared,” Lois said.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a retired agriculture faculty member from the University of Illinois,   Harold Guither said the main focus is to provide the necessary things during this pandemic.

“I have been fortunate to have the help of some fine doctors at Carle and some may not guess I am 93 years old,” he said.

Marge Mead said she was living alone in Urbana before a friend suggested she move into one of theMead,-Marge.jpg independent apartments at “The Windsor.”

She said she made new friends since moving in three years ago and adjustments made for the pandemic protection are top rate. At 93, Marge is retired from the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension as a subject matter specialist in textiles and apparel during which she traveled to all Illinois counties presenting programs to 4-H leaders and homemakers. She also volunteered for 23 years in the surgical waiting room at Carle Foundation Hospital.

“We just feel very fortunate to be here, especially now during this pandemic,” she said.

Hutchison,-Jeannie.jpgResidents say Windsor of Savoy keeps their grown children informed of the protocols followed during the pandemic and while in-person visiting has changed, four-year-resident Jeannie Hutchison said she takes advantage of her second floor balcony to talk with visiting children and grandchildren on the ground below.
While she spent her younger years in Ohio working in sales and even modeling for a department store, her son lives in Champaign and suggested his mother, now 91, move to Windsor of Savoy.

She said the staff is taking very good care of the residents, one even helping her thread a needle one day when she was sewing on a button.

“Everyone, if they can, should come to the Windsor and live,” she said.

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Tags: Champaign-Urbana, COVID-19, Retirement, Safety, Seniors