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‘New, vibrant, less expensive

Says DuPont retiree about living at Glen Mills community

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June 21st, 2011

Retired DuPont research manager and Maris Grove resident Pete Clinton says that like other engineers, he watches the details and wants value for his money. So when he and his wife, Nancy, were looking for a retirement community, he compared half a dozen continuing care facilities in the Philadelphia area. We set up a little grid, looked at all the pros and cons, and Maris Grove was by far the best, he says. It s new, it s vibrant, and it s less expensive. Because the Clintons have long-term care insurance, a telling point was Erickson Living s fee-for-service policy. Almost all the other communities followed the traditional way of building their life care costs into [higher] monthly fees, Pete says. Erickson didn t. After paying long-term care insurance premiums for 20 years, If we d gone to one of those other places, I was going to have to give away all the money I d put into those premiums all those years, he says. At Maris Grove, he pays only for services they use not for services they might never need. The Clintons also like that Maris Grove is a not-for-profit community with a Home for Life Commitment. Maris Grove is dedicated to supporting residents who experience an unforeseen change in financial situation. The Home for Life Commitment provides several options for residents to protect their future (spelled out in the Residence and Care Agreement).

The right move

They rightsized from a four-bedroom house to a maintenance-free, two-bedroom apartment home at Maris Grove in 2007. Its master bedroom is far removed from the living area, which makes for a quiet retreat, and the second bedroom accommodates their frequently visiting daughter and his wife s large dollhouse. The den houses a computer and large-screen TV. Beyond their door beckons a host of clubs, activities, and a tremendous circle of friends, Pete says.