Living Life Your Way at Parsonage Cottage

Whether getting together with your family and friends will be in person or virtual this year, it is ideal for assessing the current living situation of the elderly in your life.

There are various options available, and experts advise that the best way to ensure a smooth transition is to start the process early and plan before a crisis forces action.

A great option to consider in Greenwich is Parsonage Cottage Senior Residence. 

Joan Hamel with Penny Lore’s puppy Cooper – English springer spaniel

Parsonage Cottage Senior Residence acts as a partner for independent living in a unique and warm environment and knows that selecting the right residence is more than choosing a new home. Their approach focuses on giving residents a variety of experiences that will enable them to enjoy a lifestyle that allows them to thrive and flourish. “It’s really the people that make the difference. Parsonage Cottage has a caring staff, a hard-working Board of Directors, and every resident is treated as a family member,” commented longtime Executive Director Penny Lore. According to Lore, the residents’ average age is 80, and the typical length of stay is five years. 

At Parsonage Cottage, Elizabeth Escobar Zooms with her family.

The charming facility has bright, well-appointed rooms with en-suite private baths and age-friendly, walk-in showers and includes housekeeping. Three nutritious meals, prepared by full-time chefs, use fresh, seasonal ingredients daily in the recently renovated dining room. Special diets receive individual attention, and snacks are served around the clock, including an Espresso Bar and specialty Happy Hours.

A supporter of the assisted living facility, First Selectman Fred Camillo spent some time at the mid-country senior residence in September walking the beautifully landscaped grounds with retired Greenwich Police Officer, 92-year-old Les Russo, who has lived at Parsonage for ten years. “Visiting Parsonage Cottage is always a great experience for me, but it was especially nice to catch up with my longtime friend, Les Russo,” said the Camillo who has known Russo for about 25 years. 

At Parsonage Cottage, longtime resident Emma Holloway with Recreational Therapist Princess Gordon – tie dyed t-shirt project.

Parsonage Cottage, one of the properties managed by Greenwich Communities, enjoys relationships with several community partners such as Greenwich Botanical Centers, Greenwich Country Day School Center for Public Good, Sweet Readers, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, and more. In addition to a Board of Directors, Parsonage Cottage also benefits from an active Junior Advisory Board, which held an iPad drive collecting 30 devices so that residents could stay connected to their loved ones. Last summer, they also had a very successful mini-golf tournament on the grounds.

At Parsonage Cottage, Robin Sommer does a plant protect with Greenwich Botanical Center.

The vibrant social environment ensures that there is always something to do at Parsonage. Their monthly calendar of activities, including Arts and Crafts, games and brain challenges, Zooms with family and friends, ministry services on Sundays, themed events and game nights, a piano, free cable and Wi-Fi, music and dancing, and a large screen for movie nights with popcorn.

Katherine Rote and Mimi Trabakino exercising at Parsonage Cottage.

There are level walking paths, gardens, benches, front porch rocking chairs, and a large terrace outside the dining area for outdoor relaxation, entertainment, and enjoyment. Outdoor and indoor instructor-led fitness opportunities include Zumba, Tai Chi, Chair Yoga, Meditation, and more. There is also a well-maintained Putting Green steps away from the front door.

Parsonage Cottage residents truly live life their way. For a tour and consultation, contact Penny Lore at 203-869-6226 or [email protected]

Les Russo walking with First Selectman Fred Camillo at Parsonage Cottage. Photo: Bob Capazzo
First Selectman Fred Camillo and Les Russo at Parsonage Cottage. Photo: Bob Capazzo
Parsonage Cottage. Photo: Sue Moretti Bodson.