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Continuity and newness

Massachusetts woman finds perfect balance at Linden Ponds

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March 26th, 2013

Fran Charles s apartment home at Linden Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass., reflects her character: cultured and artistic, approachable and warm. Though elegantly arranged and personalized, the home became Fran s just last October, opening what she calls the new chapter in my life. Fran was living in Cambridge, Mass., when she first visited Linden Ponds. I was impressed by the ambience, she says. I was also impressed by how much they offer. Erickson Living has pretty much thought of everything.

Familiar territory

Fran s husband had died two years before, and she decided it was time to sell their home of 33 years. In addition to its amenities, Linden Ponds appealed to Fran because of its location. Fran attended high school in Hingham, owned a home there, and worked as a nurse at South Shore Hospital for 17 years. I was returning to familiar territory, she says. Fran joined the priority list, securing a spot in line for an apartment home of her choice. She chose to spend two nights at Linden Ponds a chance to put her toe in the water to see if the community was right for her. With the sales team s help, Fran chose a two-bedroom, one-bathroom, Fairmont-style apartment. She chose new colors for the walls, hardwood floors, and blinds. Fran also received a visit from Personal Moving Consultant Lynne Ford, who assessed Fran s home and which items would fit in her new apartment. I brought enough things that I feel some continuity, but it s been pretty fun to buy new things, Fran says. She sold her house with help from a local real estate agent and used a moving company from Linden Ponds recommended list of trusted vendors.

New pursuits

When I retired, art became a major focus of my life, she says. She joined the community s Art Council and continues painting, sculpting, and drawing in Linden Ponds workshops. She also frequents the on-site fitness center and swimming pool. I wake up every morning with a smile on my face because I m just so happy to be here, she says.