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The perfect home base

On-the-go couple enjoys benefits of Ann’s Choice living

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June 21st, 2011

I learned it from my mom. We ve all said that, and Barbara Fabiani says it about the life she lives at Ann s Choice with her husband, Tony. Her mother, who will celebrate her 100th birthday this month, moved to a continuing care community at age 70. I saw how active and involved she was, always going and doing, says Barbara. So when Barbara tired of cleaning two houses one in Philadelphia and a small beach house in Wildwood Crest, the couple looked for a community that would give them the same freedom and opportunities her mother enjoyed. When they saw a television commercial for Ann s Choice, an Erickson Living community in Bucks County, Pa., they paid a visit, asked questions, and attended luncheons to learn more. What they heard about its one-floor, maintenance-free living, all-season swimming pool, fitness center, and host of other clubs and activities made them decide it was just what they were looking for. So they joined the Ann s Choice priority list that assured their place in line for the apartment home of their choice. In 2004 when they decided to move, they started downsizing. They sold the beach house furnished. To downsize from the row house they d shared for 40 years, they gave many things to their children and donated the leftovers to Goodwill.

Immediate involvement

Focusing on living at Ann s Choice simplified the downsizing, Barbara says. We wanted to come while we were healthy so we could do things together, and we got involved in the community immediately. So involved, in fact, that they took their time unpacking and putting things away in their extra-large, one-bedroom Fremont-style apartment home. That was Barbara s decision. Not only was the size budget-friendly, but she says she was serious about doing as little cleaning as possible. Dusting and vacuuming paled in comparison to making new friends, joining the garden club, and helping at its Sunday night hoagie sales and movie fund-raisers. Her husband was equally glad to turn over house repairs to the Ann s Choice maintenance staff. Seven years later, it s still difficult to catch the couple at home. Tony is the garden club manager, plays weekly water volleyball, and belongs to the woodshop. The best place to find him is outdoors on the community s beautiful grounds, maybe playing bocce. Except for ball games, he s not a couch person. Barbara is the garden club s membership chair. When she is off campus, she s likely helping her mom. When she s actually at home, she might be stirring things up. I still do some cooking, she adds. The couple s home boasts a spacious eat-in kitchen, which makes Tony happy. My wife is a wonderful cook, he says.