Park Springs CCRC Offers a Caring Community for Life

By Our Town Staff

When Andy Isakson began searching for a retirement community for his parents, he discovered a true need in the Atlanta area. He was looking for a retirement option that offered an elegant environment, an engaging lifestyle, and comprehensive onsite health care. Motivated by family and decades of experience in commercial and residential real estate, the Isakson family embarked on a journey that resulted in the award-winning, amenity-rich continuing care retirement community (CCRC) known as Park Springs.

Bordering the Stone Mountain golf courses, Park Springs has a beautiful, walkable campus of 61 acres. There are five different neighborhoods within the community, each with its own distinctive character. Golf View Homes and Mountain View Cottages offer single family home settings, while Overlook Villas and Park View Villas are connected to the Clubhouse and offer convenient access to the heart of the community. Golf View Villas, the most recent residential addition, is the best of both worlds. Members – as residents are called at Park Springs – who choose this home option can enjoy proximity to both the Clubhouse and the community’s lush surroundings.

Amenities abound at Park Springs! Wellness is the forefront of the community’s focus, with a concentration on creating a lifestyle that helps Members stay healthy through diet and exercise. There is an onsite fitness center that offers weekly exercise classes under the tutelage of Fitness Director Reggie Porter. He and his staff of personal trainers work with Members to achieve a healthy lifestyle and meet individual goals. “He’ll write a program for you, work with you, and follow you, and he also teaches classes here. He’s all things fitness to Park Springs,” explains Sales and Marketing Director Susan Mahoney.

Park Springs is the only community in the Atlanta area that has a board certified, full-time geriatrician on staff. Dr. Margaret White serves Members through the Wellness Clinic and is also the medical director for Pebblebrook Skilled Nursing. The Wellness Clinic is conveniently located in the Clubhouse and is open Monday through Friday. Mrs. Mahoney says, “Imagine the convenience of walking from a fasting lab test to the dining room for breakfast!”

Speaking of eating, Members enjoy four dining venues onsite, including the Pub – the place to be for happy hour; the Bistro for casual dining; the Main Dining Room, with both regular and daily special offerings; and the Springhouse Grill, which offers a more formal dining atmosphere. In addition to these onsite restaurants, Park Springs also offers complimentary door-to-door take out service for quiet nights at home. Sunday is family day, which gives the culinary team a chance to show off with a beautiful Sunday Brunch buffet that’s perfect for rest and relaxation with family and friends.

Park Springs has its own Main Street. Much like any other main street in America, there is a library, convenience store, bank, beauty shop, post office, and a Member art gallery and studio. A sign in the gallery says, “You’re never too old to be a beginner.” Members can take classes in drawing and painting, sculpting, and pottery. Mrs. Mahoney notes, "Many members had never painted, drawn a portrait, or sculpted a bowl before they got to Park Springs, but they do now!" Other groups include the Park Springs Chorus, the Park Springs Players theatric group, and the Stone Mountaineers. There is also a greenhouse onsite where Members can grow flowers and fresh fruits and vegetables. The many available activities help connect people and create a true sense of community.

Should a Member’s health care needs change, Park Springs offers a continuum of care within the community. Pebblebrook is the onsite health center that serves those in need of Memory Care or Adult Daycare. The Cobblestone building offers Assisted Living and Respite Care that supports Members’ unique needs while empowering them to live independently.

Built in 2004, Park Springs is still the newest CCRC in the metro area. “One thing we try to get through to people is, why wait?” says Mrs. Mahoney. “Park Springs is a service-rich, maintenance-free environment indoors and out.”

Park Springs’ residents echo these sentiments. “The best thing about living here is no worries!” says Member Sheldon Hammond. “There are so many programs,” offers Jean Fenton. “Do it while you are in as good health as possible so you can take advantage of all the benefits here.” And Bobette Machnik shares, “I was raised to be independent and taught that I must not depend upon anyone. That served a good purpose, but then I moved in here, and I’m tootling along and then I said to myself, ‘I am not alone any more. I have a community that will help me for the rest of my life.’”

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