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A major decision done right

Move makes Betty and George Rainier feel confident, secure

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June 25th, 2013

Why did Betty and George Rainier move from a 55-plus community in Lawrenceville, N.J., to Erickson Living s community in Bucks County, Pa.? The moment we walked in at Ann s Choice, we felt its warmth and friendliness, Betty says. We felt at home, adds George.

True independence

More importantly, because the Rainiers have no children, they felt reassured knowing that should either of them need it, Ann s Choice offers a full continuum of care right on campus. Betty cherishes her independence and doesn t want to burden extended family. I don t want to be left in a house and depend on relatives, she says. In the condo community you were on your own, and God forbid if I d had a stroke. We d have had to research and make our own arrangements for transportation and care. The Rainiers joined Ann s Choice s priority list in 2006 to save their place in line for an available apartment home based on their priority list date. Joining also gave them access to complimentary downsizing, selling, and moving assistance from Ann s Choice Personal Moving Consultant Colleen Rosica.

The time is right

Betty was excited; George wasn t ready. Six years later however, George decided it was time. Not only were the Rainiers ten-year-old appliances nearing replacement age, but he agreed that he and Betty should live in a secure environment as they grew older. As Betty told him, she aimed to walk into Ann s Choice independently and take advantage of everything it offered. They reserved a lovely two-bedroom Fallston-style apartment home that comfortably suited their needs. Its floor plan features the bay window they d hoped for, and the bay meets their two cats requirement of a comfortable place to loll in the sun and watch birds. By using Rosica s resources, when they moved last July, they were eligible for a $2,000 refund on their moving expenses through the community s Move On Us program.

Expectations exceeded

George marvels at the way Ann s Choice is run. When you think you have a concern, it s already been taken care of, he says. They re one step ahead of you about everything. He and Betty attend campus events, take trips with the campus travel club, and have made scores of friends. They also make frequent jaunts back to New Jersey, including weekly trips to babysit a great-great niece and nephew in Cream Ridge. Their off-campus schedules led George to choose the flexible 20-meal dining plan; Betty chose the 30-meal plan. It s so nice to go and be served with a linen napkin and not have to clean up, she says. She uses her extra credits to treat George or, as they did at Easter brunch, to host friends and relatives at an Ann s Choice restaurant. Their nine brunch guests were awed by the community s beautiful landscaping and lovely d cor, and amazed by the excellent cuisine and extensive brunch menu. George s friend snapped one photo after another of the couple s home. Those reactions underscored for Betty the wisdom of moving to Ann s Choice. This was a major move, a major change in our lives, she says. And we did the right thing.