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‘This is the place to be’

Broomall resident enjoys expanded living at Maris Grove

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April 24th, 2012

After battling the winter of 2009 2010 as a homeowner in Broomall, Pa., Rita Iezzi had had enough. Come summer she called Maris Grove, the Erickson Living community in Delaware County. She selected her apartment home, sold her house in five days, and moved in September of that year. Living at Maris Grove hasn t cramped Rita s style one bit. She stays in touch with family and grandchildren in Florida via email and gets together often with family, grandchildren, and siblings who live near the 87-acre campus. She also sings in the choir at St. Dorothy s Church, in Drexel Hill. And Rita continues her 12-year connection with Fair Acres, a Delaware County long-term care facility, where she volunteers in the gift shop and writes thank-you letters to donors. Her apartment home s location gives her an excellent view of construction on Eagle Pointe, Maris Grove s new residence building that will open in August. This new building features 42 one-bedroom and 33 two-bedroom apartment homes. Eight new, open floor plans and upgraded amenities throughout highlight the luxurious living it offers.

Unforeseen benefit

Health care never factored into Rita s decision to move to Maris Grove. Then last fall she spent two weeks of rehab in Renaissance Gardens, the community s on-site rehabilitation and extended care neighborhood. I can t say enough good things about the staff and the accommodations, she says. When she returned home, her Maris Grove neighbors brought Rita her mail and meals. If you have to be ill, this is the place to be, she says. It s a sentiment she can share as one of Maris Grove s 200 ambassadors community members who mingle with and answer questions for prospective residents attending the community s marketing events. I let people know all the wonderful things about living here, Rita says. I wouldn t be an ambassador and encourage people to come if I didn t love it here myself. Because of another love cooking Rita chose Maris Grove s new 20-meal dining plan instead of the 30-meal plan most residents have. It provides her with 20 meal credits a month to use in any of the community s four restaurants, and it reduces her monthly service package by $60. The monthly service package also includes 24/7 maintenance on her home, use of all community amenities, all utilities except telephone, upkeep of the grounds and buildings, and scheduled local transportation. When she prepares meals in the eat-in kitchen of her Fairmont-style apartment home, Rita cooks authentic Italian cuisine such as eggplant Parmesan, chicken cacciatore, and any baked pasta dish. A first-generation American, she makes her mother s meat sauce recipe. Rita also bakes sweet Italian treats for meetings of Maris Grove s Italian-American club and plays pinochle and summer bocce. At family get-togethers, we all played bocce on the grass in the backyards, she says. Rita first visited Maris Grove when a friend moved there. Last December, a former neighbor also moved to Maris Grove. We re neighbors again, Rita says, and it s wonderful.

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