“I think I’ve actually sold half a dozen people or so on coming to Garden Spot Village. It’s funny, my one friend said, ‘You should become a Garden Spot salesperson,’” Pat Banks says with a laugh.
For the past 40 years Pat has been in sales—sharing a solution that works is natural for her!
When her sister, Jeanne Lang, moved to Garden Spot in 2015, Pat knew that Garden Spot Village was where she also wanted to live someday.
BEGINNING A NEW LIFE
When Pat and Bob met in 2017, they shared a common grief; both had supported a spouse with major health issues who died too young. Pat’s husband battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Bob’s wife experienced early-onset Alzheimer’s.
They married in October 2019. “We are proof that you can find love at any age,” Pat says with a smile.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have met Pat,” Bob says. “We really hit it off, right from the get-go. It’s been a blessing. Because of our commonality with spouses having had a serious illness, I think it makes us closer.”
When they married, Bob was already retired from his job as a material inspector for the Department of Defense, but Pat was still working as an executive for Clipper Magazine. They established their home in Lititz, Pennsylvania, close to Pat’s work. In the spring of 2020, when Clipper was forced to lay off team members, Pat opted for retirement. For years her life had revolved around work; now she was free to invest in hobbies, including training her new English Cream Golden Retriever, Finn, to be a therapy dog.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
Pat and Bob’s common experiences inspired them to find a community where they could connect with support and healthcare services if they were faced with that situation again. Pat already knew Garden Spot was where she wanted to be. Bob says, “It took me a while to get my head around it. Actually, I don’t think that at 65 I’m that old, but it’s important to think about these things and pre-plan. We’ve both seen what can happen to a person, medically, very quickly. We want to be in a position where we don’t have to make a choice about leaving our house or quickly finding a place for someone to get skilled care; most people wait too long.”
Pat adds, “As we were talking about a move to Garden Spot, I sat down and looked through what we pay in taxes, heat, electric, trash, homeowners association costs, etc. Everything we pay in our home now adds up to more than our monthly cost at Garden Spot. Recognizing that we can live more cost effectively at Garden Spot was another big impetus for us to get on the Radar Screen now.”
WAITING FOR THEIR NEW HOME
Pat and Bob put a down payment on a carriage home with a two-car garage in October 2020, which placed them on the Radar Screen. As they wait for their new home, they continue to pursue their hobbies. Bob loves to cycle and takes the couple’s dogs to the dog park in Manheim Township every day.
Pat is still figuring out what it means to be retired, but she hopes to use her career experience to volunteer and help small businesses navigate sales and marketing plans.
Together they hope to travel when COVID restrictions lift. They look forward to visiting family in Georgia, as well as traveling in the western part of the United States.