The Story of My Father’s Retirement Ranch

Bill and Brenda Cowles headed west from New Hampshire with their three children in search of respite from severe allergies, landing in Wickenburg in 1976. Brenda’s experience as an RN in skilled nursing and Bill’s background in business were the perfect combination to establish a service caring for seniors. In 1979 they opened up their own home to a woman who needed more care than her family could give her, but was not yet ready to move to a nursing home. Thus, “My Father’s House” was established. Over the next three years, several more residents were “adopted” into the family. In 1982 the whole family moved to the “Pohlman Ranch”, taking on the name “My Father’s Retirement Ranch”. They have grown with accommodations for 20 in the Assisted Living Lodge, 32 Independent Living Casitas, and 12 Independent Living Ranchitos all with a variety of services available.

“We make the commitment to families and seniors to make every effort to create positive change in a resident’s life.”

Now with over 35 years in business, our Management Team of Bill and Carolyn Cowles, Owners,  and Chip Cowles, Executive Director, are committed to pursuing an ever-higher standard of service by offering a broader variety of living options and a wider selection of amenities to accommodate the needs of our changing Active 55+ Community.

“Our family takes pride in developing a personal connection with every resident. It’s been that way since we opened in 1979.”

We believe that having a quality life in the senior years is not just about receiving great medical care. We believe that a person’s environment and quality of relationships are vitally important to a senior’s personal well being.

For this reason we aim to keep as much of our 25 acres as open as possible. All our buildings are single story to preserve the beautiful views of the desert and open skies. We have a small pasture with horses, an alpaca, and from time to time a cow or two. Many of our residents have found it therapeutic to be able to watch these beautiful ranch animals from their front porch.