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Life at Seabrook is ‘purrfect’

So says Patricia Massey and her cat Cosmo

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November 20th, 2012

Patricia Massey had a decision on her hands. She had already decided she no longer needed her three-bedroom house and all the burdens that came with maintaining it. And she had already decided to retire at an Erickson Living community. That part was easy, she says. But she had to choose between living at Seabrook, an Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., or at its sister community Ann s Choice, in Bucks County, Pa. I had visited Seabrook, Riderwood, Greenspring, and Ann s Choice with my daughter, who lives in Plainfield, N.J. Patricia says. I wanted to live near her, so I joined the priority list at Ann s Choice and Seabrook, which are both close.

Priority choice

As a member of the priority list, Patricia was able to choose her preferred apartment style at both communities a two-bedroom Harrison floor plan with patio. The priority list is a waiting list of sorts, holding a person s place in line for the apartment home of their choice for when it becomes available. I waited to see which community would have one available first, she says. They said it s a very popular style, so it would be a while before one became available, but I ll be darned if I didn t get a call from Seabrook just a few months later. Patricia boarded a train from Maryland the very next day to view her potential future home. I looked at the apartment the next day. I liked the floor plan, the location, everything, so I said, I ll take it, she recalls.

Fit for the cat and me

Patricia and her cat moved into her apartment home on December 20, 2011. Before moving, she measured her antique furniture, which decorated her three-bedroom house in Camp Springs, Md., to decide what she would bring to her new home. She was able to bring everything she needed and gift or donate unwanted items. Her second bedroom the cat s room has a twin bed and Patricia s computer. She uses the two closets as storage, which is plenty of space, she says, because she got rid of the belongings she no longer needed before moving. It s a perfect fit for the cat and me, she says. She walks her cat Cosmo two to three times a day around the community, either outside around the spacious well-manicured grounds, or inside when it s raining or cold. Glass-enclosed walkways connect every building so they can walk regardless of weather.

Walking the walk

Patricia truly lives the Erickson Living lifestyle. She walks to stay fit and active and participates in Seabrook s Protestant community part of a larger interfaith community on campus. She sings in the choir and volunteers during services. I was very active in my church in Maryland, so it was really nice to have a church community right here, she says. In fact, she says, Everything is right here. I go to the bank, to the little convenience store everything is so easy to get to. So easy that she sold her car. If she needs to venture off campus, she uses the community shuttles or goes with her daughter who visits at least once a week. Though her apartment home has a fully equipped kitchen, she says you ll rarely find her there. I don t cook much. It s easier to go out and eat at the restaurants here, she says. Seabrook has two full-service restaurants and a caf located on campus. They serve many healthy options each day, including fish, to which Patricia says she s addicted. This is perfect for me, Patricia says. It s all I need.