Houston, Texas--Moving in the midst of a pandemic wasn't on Barbara Wells' to-do list.
"It just hit me one day," says Barbara, who had lived in her home in Houston's Nottingham neighborhood for more than five decades. "I loved my home, but it was becoming harder to maintain."
"I liked the beautiful campus and felt it would be a good place to live," says Barbara. "I always had it in the back of my mind that when I moved, I'd like to be at Eagle's Trace."
Barbara worked with Sales Counselor Jodie Schroeder to choose her two-bedroom, two-bath Manchester-style apartment, and moved to the West Houston community in July 2020.
"The virus has definitely changed many aspects of life, but I'm excited to be here," says Barbara. "I'm a people person so it's exciting to spend time with friends and enjoy all the activities here."
A proven leader
For those contemplating a similar move, there's no better place than Eagle's Trace to receive expert services that are safely and thoughtfully provided in a consistent manner.
As part of the Erickson Living network of 20 managed communities across the nation, Eagle's Trace has the support, resources, and financial strength to secure all the essentials and weather even the toughest challenge.
"We benefit from economies of scale," says Schroeder. "Thanks to our size and network of suppliers, we have buying power related to food, essential supplies and personal protective equipment."
In response to the pandemic, the executive team at Eagle's Trace implemented swift and comprehensive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of its community members.
Employees took on new roles, delivering meals, mail and essential items. The sales team at Eagle's Trace pivoted to new ways of doing business, offering apartment tours via FaceTime and working with preferred vendors to implement new safety protocols.
"I think many people felt isolated in their houses," says Schroeder. "Most people move to Eagle's Trace for socialization purposes and for the amenities we offer. Even now, when life has to operate a little differently, we're finding new ways to keep residents and staff well cared for and connected."
To support resident engagement throughout the pandemic, Eagle's Trace's dedicated in-house television channel offered a variety of specialized programming, including virtual fitness classes, entertainment and worship services.
A strong housing market
For anyone who's interested in the Erickson Living lifestyle but isn't sure if it's the right time to sell a house, there's good news on the real estate front. Low interest rates and limited inventory mean it's a sellers' market.
"Buyers out there looking are highly motivated," says Haven Benoit, personal moving consultant at Eagle's Trace. "Rates are close to all-time lows, and in cases where the home is in great condition and priced right, sellers are receiving multiple offers."
Benoit's assistance is part of the Erickson Realty and Moving Services program, a network of resources designed to help future residents through every part of the moving process, from choosing a real estate agent to finding a senior move manager.
"The senior move managers Haven recommended were fantastic," says Barbara. "They made the move so easy. They set up everything in my apartment, so I could walk right in and feel at home."
Access to quality medical care
Eagle's Trace is uniquely equipped to manage an effective response to the pandemic in light of its comprehensive infection prevention protocols and onsite medical center staffed by full-time physicians. Residents have access to campus-based telemedicine services as well as in-person appointments.
By strictly adhering to proven mitigation protocols, Eagle's Trace demonstrated its ability to act in a thorough, timely manner to support residents throughout this unprecedented public health emergency.
"Based on the exceptional work of the dedicated team of professionals at Eagle's Trace, along with the support of residents, we have managed the challenges of the pandemic very well," says Executive Director Stephen Aigner. "For those looking for an engaging lifestyle and a community where essential services like security and medical care are right at your fingertips, there's no better time to call Eagle's Trace home."
About Eagle's Trace: Eagle's Trace, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 72-acre campus in West Houston, Texas. The not-for-profit community of more than 960 residents and 500 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses, who provide independent financial and operational oversight. Additional information can be found at EaglesTraceCommunity.com.
Written by Sara Martin