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More than ready to move

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July 24th, 2014
Ann’s Choice residents Jack and Barbara Robbins relax beside the pond in the community’s Village neighborhood.
Ann’s Choice residents Jack and Barbara Robbins re

After 47 years in her Northeast Philadelphia home, Barbara Robbins was more than ready to move. She didn’t want to cook and was tired of cleaning a three-bedroom, three-bathroom house. 

So she and her husband Jack began touring retirement communities. When they visited Choice, “I’d never seen anything so beautiful,” says Jack. “Everyone coming through the entrance gate and seeing this oasis would be impressed.” 

Barbara had similar feelings about EricksonLiving’s community in Bucks County, Pa. “It meant a lot to see a place that was cared for like I’d cared for our home.”

Worry-free lifestyle

Maintenance-free living is Barbara’s cup of tea. She cooks only when Jack gets a yen for her meatloaf, chili, or spaghetti and meatballs. And she’s thrilled that, should something need fixing in their home, the Ann’s Choice maintenance team will repair or replace it in no time and at no charge.

The Robbinses live in a Glenmont floor plan, a lovely one-bedroom apartment home with a den. “Why get a big place to take care of?” says Barbara. 

On moving day, as the movers unloaded the truck, the Robbinses and their children opened boxes and put things away. “Then the movers took out the empty boxes, and we were done!” Jack says. 

That left him and Barbara free to get acquainted and become involved in campus activities. They started immediately.

Actively acquainted 

Active and healthy, their calendars brim with commitments and campus events that run the gamut from movies and plays to musical programs and lectures.

A knitter and reader, Barbara also works out at the campus fitness center nearly every day. In good weather, she walks on the impeccably maintained 103-acre campus or around the lake at adjacent Warminster Community Park.

In bad weather, because all the campus buildings are connected, she can walk everywhere without going outside.

Jack plays water volleyball at the aquatics center. He’s also active in the model railroad club, the woodshop, and the veterans club. 

And from his office in the couple’s den/guest room, he works part-time as a consultant.

As Ann’s Choice ambassadors, the Robbinses chat with visitors during marketing events. 

“Some people [wonder if] the campus is too big,” says Jack. “But I tell them that’s what you want. Every time we go out our door, we experience something different. Our days are never alike.”

Peace-of-mind amenities

Both Jack and Barbara’s primary care doctors are staff physicians in the on-site medical center. The community also provides an on-campus rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood called Rose Garden.

Medical amenities were important to Barbara, who worked 23 years at a Philadelphia-area retirement community. “I knew what to look for and how I wanted to live,” she says.

Jack considers the continuum of care to be a peace-of-mind amenity. He volunteers at Rose Garden and sees the excellent care residents there receive.  

Should he or Barbara ever need such care, “It’s satisfying to know what our future looks like,” he says. “We couldn’t live in a better place.”