Home for the holidays at the Heritage


CAREFREE – Retirement living at the Heritage at Carefree is always warm and wonderful and family-like, but during the holidays life there genuinely becomes magical. The celebration started with Thanksgiving when families were encouraged to join residents for a traditional turkey feast. It’s a day that sees a lot of activity since folks are coming and going. Grown children may be coming to see their parents or Mom and/or Dad may be headed to visit with the grandchildren. In any case, the day ignites the spark to usher in the Christmas season.

Owner Donna Holbura said this is the time of year the community really steps up and embraces her residents. “We are so grateful for their support and everything they do. They truly get involved throughout the whole month,” she said.

Not only do area churches bring gifts to residents, particularly those who have dementia and may need a little boost, but groups like the Happy Valley Boys Choir come in to sing and entertain. Students from Notre Dame Preparatory High School have volunteered to read to those residing at the Heritage. Guys and Dolls are in the lineup for Dec. 18. Residents can participate in making arts and crafts, some favorites being wreaths and ornaments.

While many events are held on the Heritage grounds, Holbura and her family also take residents on outings. “They love going out in the van and seeing the decorations and lights,” she explained. Afterwards, everyone stops for hot chocolate before heading home.

Because she knows some of the folks at the Heritage are a little saddened that tradition seems to feel like it’s starting to become irrelevant, Holbura is pleased so many school kids come to visit so not only can the children relive holiday pasts through the seniors, but the seniors have fresh ears that may find joy in the rituals from yesteryear and rekindle them in their own families. It’s a win-win holiday miracle!

To find out more about home-like retirement living at the Heritage at Carefree (36590 N Pima Rd), phone 480-488-1622.