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‘Life is better here’

Couple relocates to be closer to family, finds friends

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September 24th, 2013

"Life is better here than it was before," says Ann's Choice resident Pat Skelly. During their 14 years of retirement living in Myrtle Beach, S.C., he and his wife Joan saw their children and grandchildren just three times a year.

Planning ahead

Their first year atAnn s Choicein Bucks County, Pa., they saw them more than in all those previous 14 years combined. For Joan, that was heaven. Brooklyn natives, the Skellys raised their children in New Jersey where their son now lives. Their daughter and her family are in Yardley, Pa., so the Skellys always planned to move back North. They chose Ann's Choice for its complete package of activities; amenities like an on-campus bank, convenience store, and pharmacy; and its wide range of home styles. And should the Skellys ever need it, Ann's Choice offers a full continuum of care on-site. That gave them and their children peace of mind. So the Skellys joined the Ann's Choice priority list to ensure that regardless of when they moved, their priority list date would save their place in line for the available apartment home of their choice. Joining the list is even more important now because Ann's Choice is 98% sold out. When Joan s desire to move near family increased, the Skellys met with Colleen Rosica, personal moving consultant at Ann's Choice. Rosica s services are complimentary to priority list members. She specializes in stress-free moves and maintains a nationwide network of preferred moving professionals. Because the Myrtle Beach real estate agent the Skellys used was a preferred vendor, Ann s Choice reimbursed them for some of their moving expenses. Last May, a month after their move, the Skellys son gave them a surprise 50th anniversary party at his home. Family members, friends from New Jersey and Brooklyn, and even their best man showed up for the celebration. They were glad they had moved closer to family and friends.

Life keeps getting better

The Skellys two-bedroom Franklin floor plan suits them well. Pat putters in his patio garden, and Joan likes the open kitchen because it s similar to what she had in Myrtle Beach. Their closet space is more than generous, and Pat considers their combination guest room/office as his man cave. When Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to Yardley last year, the Skellys hosted their daughter and grandkids for five days. She bunked in the guest room, and her three children sacked out in sleeping bags and an air mattress in the great room. The stay included Halloween, so Joan donned a clown costume, and everyone went trick-or-treating in a nearby neighborhood. Ann's Choice offers the Skellys the same active lifestyle and freedom from snow shoveling they enjoyed in South Carolina. They attend campus dances, play water volleyball, and swim laps at the campus aquatics center. They also walk and bike the trails at Warminster Community Park next door. Pat is enthusiastic that so many great golf courses exist within a 15-minute drive, and Joan appreciates that dining services tries to accommodate her diet of no salt, pepper, or spice. The Skellys knew no one when they moved in. Now a dozen neighbors have become like family, says Joan.