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From skilled nursing to independent living

Post-surgery, Katy man makes Eagle’s Trace his permanent home

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September 23rd, 2014
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Bob Banker says he took the circuitous route to Eagle’s Trace.

“I’ve been reading literature about the community and tracking its growth for years,” says Bob. “This year, I finally made my move.”

Bypass surgery in March prompted Bob to explore his options at Eagle’s Trace.

“After my surgery, the hospital said they would release me to a skilled nursing facility,” says Bob. “I knew Eagle’s Trace launched their continuing care neighborhood last year, so I contacted the community to see if they had any openings in skilled nursing.”

Long history with Eagle’s Trace

But that’s not the beginning of the story. Bob’s connection to the West Houston community dates back to 2004, when Eagle’s Trace was still under construction.

“My wife Ruth and I retired to Brevard, N.C.,” says Bob, who was a chemical engineer for Procter & Gamble. “We were both originally from New York, and we wanted to retire someplace without snow.”

The couple was visiting their oldest daughter Jerri in Katy, Tex., when they learned of Eagle’s Trace. “We were starting to think about the next step in our lives, so we visited the sales trailer and put down our $1,000 deposit to join the priority list.”

The priority list, comprised of people who’ve expressed an interest in moving to Eagle’s Trace, reserved Bob and Ruth’s place in line for the apartment home of their choice.

The couple returned to their home in the Blue Ridge Mountains where Bob kept abreast of the growth at Eagle’s Trace via mailings from the community.

Texas bound

In 2010, Ruth’s health began to falter.

“Jerri urged us to move closer to her,” says Bob. “We bought a house in Heritage Grand at Cinco Ranch, a 55-plus community in Katy.”

In an interesting twist, the home’s previous owners, Robert and Marilyn Black, were moving to Eagle’s Trace.

“We met Robert and Marilyn when we walked through the Heritage Grand house, and we talked about Eagle’s Trace,” says Bob. “Unfortunately, Ruth didn’t get to live in the house. She passed away before we moved in.”

No going back

Bob lived in Cinco Ranch for three years, until his post-surgical stay in skilled nursing at Eagle’s Trace.

“I received very good care at Eagle’s Trace,” says Bob. “The therapists and the rehabilitation gym were top-notch.”

Continuing care at Eagle’s Trace opened in June 2013, offering 28 assisted living apartments, 36 memory care residences, and 44 guest suites in post-acute rehabilitation. The neighborhood provides personalized care from a team of on-site health care professionals.

Bob’s firsthand experience at the West Houston community triggered a life-changing decision. 

“I decided I didn’t want to go back to my house,” says Bob. “Eagle’s Trace had everything I needed and more. I moved straight from the continuing care neighborhood to an independent living apartment.”

Full range of amenities

Bob listed his home in Heritage Grand. Within two days, he had four offers on the home and sold it for $20,000 above his asking price.

Since moving into his two-bedroom, two-bath Oxford-style apartment in April, Bob has jumped into life at Eagle’s Trace. He’s joined the community’s Wii bowling league and takes a line dancing class taught by Marilyn Black. He’s also thinking of joining the chorus.

“There’s so much to do here,” says Bob. “I didn’t just buy an apartment. I bought a lifestyle.”