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No match for stormy weather

Maintenance-free lifestyle promotes peace of mind

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October 22nd, 2013

When Hurricane Ike raged across the Gulf Coast in the fall of 2008, Bill and Lynn King, like millions of other Houstonians, lost power in their Memorial-area home. We were without electricity for two weeks, says Lynn. A tree fell on our roof, and our deck was damaged in the storm. We decided we didn t want to go through another hurricane. Bill and Lynn, Houston residents for 35 years, were already looking at retirement communities around the city. They also visited retirement communities in Tyler and Nacogdoches, near the Texas-Louisiana border. We re originally from Louisiana, and we like the piney woods, says Bill, a retired senior vice president with Chase Bank. But when it came right down to it, we kept coming back to Eagle s Trace in West Houston. The active, vibrant personality of the community appealed to us. The couple joined the priority list at Eagle s Trace, putting down a refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve the apartment home of their choice. We were on the priority list for just under two years, says Lynn. During that time, we visited the community for luncheons and special events. The more we learned about Eagle s Trace, the more we felt it was the right move for us.

Peace of mind

For Bill and Lynn, the promise of peace of mind proved to be the deciding factor. Moving to Eagle s Trace eliminated a number of concerns, says Bill. We don t worry about the security of our apartment, fluctuating property values, or the chores associated with home ownership. The overall lifestyle promotes a sense of security and well-being. The new continuing care neighborhood provides the assurance that we have long-term care options available on-site, adds Lynn. We know this is our home for life. The couple also points out that the move benefitted their two sons. We did them a favor, says Lynn. We made the decision to move to Eagle s Trace ourselves. Our sons weren t put in the position of having to research communities and make the decision for us. They know we re safe.

In good company

The couple opted for a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath Hastings-style apartment. They moved to Eagle s Trace in September 2011. We have a nice lifestyle here, says Bill, who serves as chairman of the dining committee. We re free to enjoy the activities that appeal to us. Lynn joined the library committee and volunteers in the Treasure Chest, an on-site resale shop. Together, Bill and Lynn serve as Eagle s Trace ambassadors, welcoming visitors to the community and showing them around. We ve met so many new people since we moved here and even reconnected with old friends, says Bill. I officiated high school and college football for 35 years, including ten years in the Southwest Conference. When we moved to Eagle s Trace, I learned that Horton Nesrsta, another Southwest Conference official, was also moving to Eagle s Trace.

F ting, not fretting

As September ushered in the peak of hurricane season, Bill and Lynn joined with other Eagle s Trace residents, staff, priority list members, and guests at the community s biennial hurricane party. We celebrate the fact that our residents are safe, and we ve taken the necessary precautions to prepare the community in the event that a hurricane threatens, says Sales Director Pam Burgeson. Eagle s Trace has a backup generator that provides electricity in the event of a power outage, says Mark Batterson, director of general services. We maintain a two-week supply of food and water. Our 24-hour security personnel are trained emergency medical technicians, and we have an emergency trailer containing everything from blow-up beds to flares and hand-crank radios. For Bill and Lynn, it all boils down to one factor peace of mind. We won t ever have to go through another hurricane like we did five years ago, says Lynn. But more than that, we can relax and enjoy life.