My wife Davina and I arrived here at Ingleside on July 3rd by medical transport from Atlanta, GA. She was admitted to building 1, on the 3rd floor for rehab and I took up residence in building 4. After over a month Davina was able to join me in our apartment but continues to require PT/OT.
Davina and I grew up in the New Haven, CT area. I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in pharmacy.
Mutual friends of ours fixed us up for a date. Davina was teaching at an elementary school in Cheshire, CT and I was a pharmacist at a drug store in Cheshire. It was supposed to be a blind date but Davina checked me out at the drug store. I must have passed the test since we have been married over 50 years.
Shortly after we met, I was drafted and spent 2 years in the Army. Upon discharge I went back to UCONN and received an MBA. With my masters degree I went to work for Lederle Laboratories, where I climbed the corporate lateral, moving from production planning, sales, market research, product promotion, and then moved up a rung or two, leaving as a group product manager.
I then ran a health care market research company with an equity position for 18 years retiring in 2000. Davina and I moved to Prescott, AZ which is about 110 miles north and west of Phoenix and at a mile high similar to Denver. In 2008 we bought a condo in Atlanta as both our sons were married, living in DC and grandchildren were on the horizon. We spent Thanksgiving through Passover in Atlanta and the rest of the year in AZ. In 2016 we sold the place in AZ and became full time Southerners.
Just before the pandemic we started thinking and then looking at senior housing, first in Atlanta and then in DC. We choose Ingleside based on location, health services, and the availability of a two-bedroom layout that was similar to our condo in Atlanta.