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The right stuff

Ann’s Choice proves a perfect fit for Ardsley couple

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May 21st, 2013

Lois and Grant Faunce are Ann s Choice pioneers, residents who moved to Erickson Living s community in Bucks County, Pa., when the community opened in 2003. At a sales luncheon that spring, they learned that just two or three apartment homes remained unreserved. If we wanted to move that year, we had to do it then, says Lois. She weighed the decision. They d not only have a new home with new appliances at Ann s Choice, but should anything go on the fritz, one call to the general services department would bring prompt, efficient maintenance staff to repair or replace it for as long as the Faunces lived there. Equally important, Ann s Choice would provide a full continuum of care right on campus. Lois s parents, aunts, and sister had lived in continuing care communities (CCRCs) so she knew the peace of mind that was guaranteed. I asked my sister what she would have done differently about her decision to move to a CCRC, Lois says. She said she d move sooner. That clinched it. When Lois told Grant they were moving from Ardsley to Ann s Choice, he approved. Maintenance-free living sounded good to him, too. It meant more time for billiards and fishing.

Just what they wanted

The Faunces had two non-negotiable criteria for their new home: first, they each wanted a bedroom. Grant s would hold his impressive collection of plants; Lois s would be part sewing and craft studio. They also wanted a dining area wall long enough to accommodate Grant s mother s 68-inches-wide cherry hutch. Grant s mother loved her dining room suite, Lois says. I couldn t leave it behind. She was thrilled when a two-bedroom Franklin floor plan, one of the few homes available, met both criteria. The Faunces each have a bedroom/hobby room, and the hutch fits perfectly along one wall of their great room. Its matching table and chairs fit as well. With two children in the area and four campus restaurants to host guests, the Faunces no longer need to extend their table to seat 18 people for special-occasion meals, but their dining room suite recalls those memories.

Simpler tastes

Actually, the Faunces rarely cook. They eat their main meal at noon in a campus restaurant and use their kitchen for breakfast and light, often no-cook dinner fare. Their interests run to other pursuits. Grant fishes, tends his plants, plays nightly billiards, and is the royal haberdasher for the campus ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) club. Lois discovered her passion when she learned to quilt at the sit n stitch group. She pieces by machine but quilts by hand, including her own Underground Railroad quilt. Because they value physical fitness, the Faunces have each logged more than 1,000 visits to the campus fitness center.