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It took me about 14 minutes'

Snowbirds settle in quickly at Massachusetts community

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September 24th, 2013
Man moving boxes

Elinor and Haskell Maude were spending the winter in Florida last year when they noted a trend: Their friends in the area were struggling with health problems, challenges made more difficult because they were without family nearby. At the time, the Maudes were living in their house of 17 years on Cape Cod in Mashpee, Mass., at least an hour drive from each of their three children. They had already visited Linden Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass., which was close to their son and his family. Together, they decided to move as soon as possible and do this while we can make our own decision, says Elinor.

Making connections

Upon their return from Florida, the Maudes contacted Personal Moving Consultant Lynne Ford and others at Linden Ponds to begin the moving process. Ford visited the Maudes home to assess what would fit in their two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom Hastings-style apartment. Ford also recommended a real estate professional, who helped the Maudes put their house on the market. To their surprise, the house sold in just three days. With help from their children, the Maudes went to work downsizing. They gave items to charitable organizations and packed 80 boxes for the June move. The Maudes chose a Linden Ponds-recommended moving company, and using the floor plan they created with Ford, the couple directed the furniture placement. While the Maudes and their children unpacked, Linden Ponds general services employees removed the empty boxes for them. The entire staff here they re friendly and accommodating, Haskell says. Elinor adds, They share little stories about their life, and you feel like you re friends.

Quick adjustment

Asked how long it took them to adjust to life at Linden Ponds, Elinor says, It took me about 14 minutes. Just a month after their move, the Maudes decided to become ambassadors for the community, relishing the opportunity to give back and inform people about life at Linden Ponds. You can do as much or as little as you want, Haskell says.