All in the family
Two generations of Adairs enjoy life at Bucks County communityBy Jacqueline Kimball
Until this summer, when people saw Marie Adair with her son and daughter-in-law at Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s community in Bucks County, Pa., they assumed she lived there. They thought Elaine and Ronald, known as “Chick,” were visiting.
Actually, Marie was visiting. But July 29, she, too, moved to Ann’s Choice.
Marie moved after 56 years in a three-bedroom split-level house in Willow Grove. “I got tired of doing housework and didn’t want to cook,” she says. “I thought, ‘Why not move to Ann’s Choice?’”
To simplify her move, Marie did what more than 600 of her Ann’s Choice neighbors have done: she turned to the community’s personal moving consultant, Colleen Rosica.
Rosica’s Erickson Realty and Moving Services team helped Marie downsize, sell her house, and move.
Listed as a fixer-upper in late June, Marie’s house sparked a bidding war and sold in three days for more than the asking price.
Marie also sold her car. Like Chick and Elaine, her doctor’s office is in the on-site medical center at Ann’s Choice. Her pharmacy and bank are on-site, too.
A more convenient lifestyle
An under-the-bed memory box stores Marie’s precious photographs and mementoes from Willow Grove, but she’s making new friends at dinner every evening at Ann’s Choice.
She’s also enjoying one-level, maintenance-free living.
Her two-bedroom Fallston floor plan, like all of the community’s beautiful apartment homes, comes equipped with a washer and dryer; Marie no longer trudges up and down steps to do laundry.
The Ann’s Choice grounds crew keeps campus roads and walkways clear all winter, so Marie will no longer have to search for someone to do her shoveling. And she’s no longer at risk of losing power and being housebound following a snowstorm.
“Here, all she has to do is walk down the hall and there’s someone to talk to,” says her daughter-in-law.
The advantages of moving early
The younger Adairs moved to Ann’s Choice from Southampton in 2011. “It has such an active lifestyle, we wanted to move while we were young enough to enjoy it,” says Elaine.
For Chick, that means playing golf at least three times a week. On Tuesdays, he plays cards, and he also plays billiards.
Elaine knits with the Keystone Krafters and volunteers at a rehabilitation center off campus.
She stays fit by walking everywhere on campus and at Warminster Community Park next door. In cold weather, she can walk indoors because all campus buildings connect via glass walkways.
The biggest benefit of living at Ann’s Choice is peace of mind, says Elaine. The security team, on the job 24/7, is cross-trained in emergency medical response. Should residents need assistance, help arrives within minutes.
Such peace of mind applies to three generations of Adairs.
“Mom was in the house by herself in Willow Grove, and we were at least 20 minutes away,” says Chick. “Now, there’s always someone here to help.”
Adds Elaine, “In 20 years, I don’t want our children to worry about or need to care for us.”