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The perfect bachelor pad

Spacious Brighton floor plan just right for this Bustleton man

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January 30th, 2014
The perfect bachelor pad
The perfect bachelor pad

“I’d visited Choice, it had an excellent reputation, and it fit my budget,” says Hugh McAveety about his decision to move to the Erickson Living community in Bucks County, Pa., from the Bustleton section of Northeast Philadelphia.

Hugh, a widower, lives in a large one-bedroom, one-bath Brighton apartment home that’s the perfect bachelor pad and reflects the space he actually used in his house. 

Because he’s not a hobbyist and his daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren—Hugh’s only family—live in Boston, he doesn’t need a second bedroom. When family visits, he can reserve a guest suite on campus or a room at a nearby hotel.

His spacious great room accommodates his sofa, loveseat, and dining table with room to spare, and its bay window spreads light throughout the great room and into the kitchen. 

The expansive bay alcove is the perfect location for Hugh’s wing chair. 

His efficient kitchen features generous counter areas for making breakfast, lunch, and occasional quick-to-prepare frozen dinners.

Safe, secure, maintenance-free living

For more than a decade following a stroke, Hugh readily navigated the steps at his house. He moved to one-level living at Ann’s Choice when he started worrying about falling. 

At Erickson Living communities, every home is furnished with emergency cords; there’s one in Hugh’s bedroom and another in his bathroom. 

Pulling an emergency cord brings a first responder from the Ann’s Choice security team in less than three minutes. That immediately dispelled Hugh’s fear that he might fall and no one would know.

His home also comes equipped with a washer and dryer, a real boon because doing laundry at Hugh’s old house entailed maneuvering a steep flight of 13 steps to and from the basement.

He takes advantage of the fee-for-service housekeeping staff at Ann’s Choice to keep his home spick-and-span. And he never has to tackle home repairs. The community’s efficient, courteous, and professional maintenance personnel repair or replace problem appliances or fixtures. They even change lightbulbs.

Hugh considers his Bustleton friends as his local family. He gets together with them every weekend at Parx Casino and Racing in Bensalem. And he always stops for dinner on the drive home. 

When he was on the monthly dining plan at Ann’s Choice, which provides enough credits for a meal every day, those eight off-campus meals left Hugh with unused credits. So he’s switched to the 20-meal-a-month plan. It saves him $60 on his monthly service package, and he can still use his credits as he likes. 

He’s used some of them to treat Bustleton friends to Sunday brunch at Ann’s Choice. Most often, he uses them for his evening meals. Hugh often eats dinner at his dining room table, so he picks up his meals to go from one of the four on-site restaurants. 

To stay limber and maintain muscle, Hugh works out and walks at the Ann’s Choice fitness center three days a week. 

At home, he tracks stock market news on MSNBC and watches sports. 

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