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Feels like home

Ann’s Choice staff member makes plans to move in after retirement

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July 23rd, 2013

When Howard Bud Williams started working at Ann s Choice in 2004, Erickson Living s community in Bucks County, Pa., was completing its first neighborhood. As senior facilities manager, he oversaw maintenance and engineering for all campus buildings. When he retired in 2009, Ann s Choice had grown to three neighborhoods and 2,000 residents, and Bud had become involved in the life of the community. You can t help but make friends with friendly people, he says.

Part of the community

A gifted pianist and organist, he d participated in an annual resident and staff talent show winning hearty applause for his performances as Victor Borge and, complete with cape, candelabra, and silver wig, as Liberace. He d sung with the Ann s Choice chorus at special resident-staff choral concerts. And he and his wife Cheryl had often attended evening events in the campus performing arts center. They d even accompanied the campus travel group on a trip to San Francisco. Cheryl s comfort level increased with each visit. The friendly people, the lively atmosphere, and the lovely d cor soon had her agreeing with Bud that Ann s Choice felt like home. And she appreciated that Ann s Choice provided a medical center, social workers, and a full continuum of care right on site. I told Cheryl if anything happens to one of us, we ll both be taken care of, says Bud. So in 2007, the Williamses joined the community s priority list.

Priority benefits

Joining the list guaranteed their place in line for an available apartment home of their choice based on their priority list date. That s doubly important now because the community is more than 98% sold out. Priority list members have access to the complimentary services of Ann s Choice Personal Moving Consultant Colleen Rosica. She excels at helping residents move stress-free, and her roster of preferred real estate and moving professionals greatly simplifies the moving process. Members also receive invitations to exclusive priority list events. At an event this spring, Bud and Cheryl met with a professional real estate appraiser and got a comparative analysis of what their home might be worth. And they ve had Rosica visit their home to help jump-start their downsizing. You can t schedule a visit too early, Rosica says. Preparing years ahead can make your move much easier. She ll pay the Williamses additional follow-up visits because they don t expect to move until they sell their 36-foot RV, perhaps in five years. But they ve already selected their ideal apartment home at Ann s Choice, a many-windowed, two-bedroom, two-bath Jackson floor plan with a patio. Its great room will accommodate Bud s concert upright piano, its second bedroom will likely display Cheryl s extensive doll collection, and its eat-in kitchen will provide her a sunny and spacious area to bake Bud s favorite chocolate chip cookies.