So says Muriel Briggs the resident of the Drew cottages with the longest residency. Briggs moved into the cottage eleven years ago.
“I had been on the waiting list for some time but when this unit became available, I accepted quickly. It helped that a long time friend lived next door. I knew it would work for me.”
The cottages, formally known as the Tantramar Residences, are found facing Main Street and behind the main Drew building overlooking the waterfowl park. Each of the one or two bedroom apartments comes with comfortable living space including a kitchen, living space, bedroom and bath. The one-bedroom apartments have a shared utility room with washer and dryer. Heat and utilities are included. Residents are responsible for their own telephone/internet and related costs.
One of the main benefits to residents such as Briggs and Eva Walton is availability of maintenance personnel. “If a light bulb burns out, or the stove won’t work, we can call the maintenance people at the Drew and the problem is fixed very promptly,” says Walton.
Walton has been a resident of the cottages for a little over a year. She says she knew the cottages well as her mother had been a resident years before. Her move from Murray Corner was made easy by knowing the facility.
All tenants of the cottages are welcome to join in with the activities at the Drew.
“I used to be at everything, now I am able to attend fewer. I like knowing I can buy a meal at the Drew when I might need it”, says Briggs.
Both Briggs and Walton say the cottages provide as much privacy or community as the individual chooses.
“We look out for one another”, says Briggs, “but we don’t bother one another.”
Not everyone is known to everyone, but the residents are given the space to be themselves.
The Tantramar residences, including Fawcett Cottage (near the waterfowl park) are apartment-like in that the residents furnish the cottages with their own items.
“It was a good step in downsizing,” says Briggs, who had lived in her own home in Sackville until making the decision to move into the cottages.
“It’s been wonderful not having to worry about a tap dripping, oil tanks leaking and all of those maintenance issues that come with your own home,” Briggs says.
For more information regarding life in the cottages, contact the business office of the Drew at 506-364-4900 or email office@drewnursing home.ca.