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You’ll never know until you ask

Sales counselor shares insights on life at Ashby Ponds

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August 21st, 2012

With more than 700 community members, a new 105,000-square-foot residence building, and more than 100 clubs and activities, it s easy to see why Ashby Ponds is Loudoun County s most sought-after address. The important first step to making the Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va., home is meeting with Sales Counselor Dana Bradshaw. People usually come to see me with some knowledge of Ashby Ponds, says Bradshaw. Many have friends who live here or at another Erickson Living community. Yet they all have very specific questions unique to their personalities or situations. It s my goal to answer any and all questions in an effort to make everyone feel comfortable about their decision to move to Ashby Ponds.

Timing a move to Ashby Ponds

Many of the questions Bradshaw hears have to do with the rapid growth of the community and the timing of an eventual move. Ashby Ponds is growing very fast, she says. Our newest residence building, Red Robin View, opened in April and only one apartment home remains. People want to know what this means for their future at Ashby Ponds. The first and most important advice I give them is to either move now or join the priority list as soon as possible. The priority list is our waiting list and reserves a place in line for a future move to Ashby Ponds. Members are able to specify favorite apartment home styles and enjoy opportunities to visit the campus, talk with current residents, and attend special members-only events.

Healthy futures

One of the many benefits of moving to an Erickson Living community is direct access to the wide range of options to stay healthy and active, including an on-site medical center, professionally staffed fitness center, and healthy food options. And with the recent announcement of Maple Grove, Ashby Ponds new on-site continuing care neighborhood, even more health options will be available to the community. Many people I meet with want to know if they can keep their current doctors or if they should turn to the physicians we have on staff at Ashby Ponds, says Bradshaw. It s important to know that no one is required to use our doctors. Choosing a doctor is a very personal decision and should remain that way. However, I do let everyone know that we have a very talented and experienced medical staff with top-notch credentials. Medical Director Dr. Thomas Morris, a board-certified family doctor, leads the expert medical team at Ashby Ponds. He previously worked at four other Erickson Living campuses, including Ashby Ponds sister community, Greenspring, in Springfield, Va. Morris is also a regional medical director for Erickson Living. Even if residents elect to keep the doctors they had prior to moving to Ashby Ponds, our medical staff is always available to answer questions and provide on-site care, says Bradshaw.

Benefits of diversity

Once people have chosen Ashby Ponds as their future home, they want to know what day-to-day life is like on campus, says Bradshaw. I encourage all of them to spend some time visiting with us and attending as many functions as possible. I m often asked whether or not community members enjoy opportunities to mingle with members of the younger generation. The answer is yes! At Ashby Ponds, there are nearly 100 high school students from Loudoun County and Fairfax County working for the community s dining services department. The students work in a variety of capacities, including as servers, restaurant assistants, and service coaches. Bradshaw says the relationships that develop between the student workers and the residents are extremely meaningful to both the residents and the young workers.

Friendly face

These are just a few of the questions Bradshaw answers during personal appointments. There are no right or wrong questions, and there is never any pressure from me, she says. Just stop in and say hello. I m happy to meet with you. You can reach Dana Bradshaw at 1-800-978-5167.