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Retirement for Grace Leakey means it’s time for a new adventure.

A resident of Carveth Retirement Lodge for the past 3 ½ years, Grace is enjoying a rest after 50 years of farming dairy & beef cattle on Station Road near Gananoque.

“I love it,” she says with a smile when asked about living in the accredited retirement lodge located in the heart of the Thousand Islands.

Speaking from her tastefully decorated room, Grace talks with pride about the beautiful quilt on her bed that she made by hand. Adorned with maple leaves, the precise stitching and vibrant colours are striking.

“I miss my quilting more than anything,” she says with regret. “The day I couldn’t thread a needle was heartbreaking.”

Joined by her sister who lives in the room next door, Grace enjoys living at the home.

“There is such friendly people around me. I’ve made a lot of new friends,” she explains. “We do things together like play cards, solve crossword puzzles and go on trips. We try to take-in as many of the events as possible.”

At 89 years old, Grace is enjoying retirement despite a few health problems such as poor eyesight and a sore leg. She attends exercise classes every day to control the swelling in her leg.

“At times, I think I’m aging too fast, but I can’t control that,” she says with a laugh.

Because of these issues, Grace is grateful for the well-trained staff at Carveth who provide the medical care she needs to live comfortably.

“The care is very good here,” she says kindly. “Those girls work hard.”


As an assisted living facility, the home offers 24-hour medical care in a family-friendly environment. It is showcasing these services and more on Sunday, Sept. 23 at a Fall Open House which is held in conjunction with the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA).

“Grace is a very active participant in the lodge,” says Lodge Manager Phyllis Lorbetskie. “She definitely has a secure place on the welcome wagon line, offering friendship and fellowship to all who choose to join us here at Carveth.”

Taking place from 1 to 4 pm, the open house will include refreshments, live music and free tours. Grace will also be on-hand to talk about her experiences at the home.

“I certainly would recommend this place to others,” she says charmingly. “When you have other people to talk too, it’s a lot better than being home alone.”

Carveth Retirement Lodge is excited to host its annual Fall Open House from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, Sept. 23. To learn more about this event, please call Phyllis at 613-382-4752 ext. 110. Everyone welcome!

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