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Expanding the family circle

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September 8th, 2014
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When Erickson Living assumed ownership and management of at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., it continued a heritage of innovation within the senior housing industry.

That heritage began in 1983 when John Erickson rejected the traditional concept of retirement living in favor of a new approach characterized by the mission statement, “We share our gifts to create communities that celebrate life.”

Erickson’s first effort proved wildly successful. By transforming an abandoned college campus in Catonsville, Md., into a vibrant community called Charlestown, he wrote a new definition of senior living. 

Following Charlestown’s immediate popularity, Erickson developed communities up and down the Eastern Seaboard, the Midwest, and Texas and Colorado. The family of communities has grown to 18 campuses in 10 states, keeping Erickson Living on the forefront of innovation.

The company has a history of fiscal responsibility: When it constructs new communities, it builds to meet already established demand rather than building in hopes of creating that demand.

Its communities are distinguished for maintaining very high occupancies, strong resident and employee satisfaction, operational excellence, industry-leading innovations, and one of the most comprehensive health care systems available for seniors.

The Erickson Living lifestyle

The more than 23,000 people who reside at Erickson Living communities live life to the fullest and have peace of mind knowing a full continuum of excellent health care is available should they need it.

They enjoy one-level maintenance-free living and multiple dining venues. They also reap the benefits of an extended-family environment rich with opportunities to pursue meaningful, inspiring, and engaging activities both on and off campus. 

As a good neighbor and in the spirit of giving back, Erickson Living partners with organizations in surrounding communities. 

Under Erickson Living’s leadership, Devonshire has begun to partner more with PGA National. This June, staff and chefs manned a Devonshire booth at Burger Bash, a PGA National fundraiser that benefitted the Special Olympics. 

Erickson Living’s philosophy of carefree senior living thrives to an unparalleled degree at Devonshire where residents pursue the life they deserve in the company of neighbors just like them, vibrant personalities who have led interesting lives; who have traveled the world; and who appreciate art, culture, and fine cuisine.

All about family

The sense of family that permeates life at all Erickson Living communities also epitomizes life at Devonshire. Residents claim that “family” actually defines the community. Certainly a family spirit resides within and among residents and staff alike.

Service personnel, in particular, lavish residents with attention and cater to their needs and requests. 

As Erickson Living revitalizes the Devonshire campus, it also wants to learn from the community’s culture. The company’s willingness to learn and its dedication to excellence ring true for Jack Head, president of the Resident Counsel. 

Jack interacts frequently with Erickson Living staff at both the local and corporate levels. 

“It’s a strong organization that consistently demonstrates a long-term commitment for our future growth,” he says. “They’ve already implemented state-of-the-art technology, and a master plan being developed to maintain our beautiful community includes input from a resident group.” 

The plan’s objective is to guarantee that Devonshire will maintain its position as a premiere continuing care retirement community, says Jack. As a result, “We are now very confident about our future.”

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