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Sister act

Siblings enjoy stress-free lifestyle in same community

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October 10th, 2014
Maris Grove residents, sisters Fran Bacchus (left) and Maryanne Solarczyk couldn’t be more different in how they use their stoves. Maryanne never touches hers except to dust it. Fran likes to cook.
Maris Grove residents, sisters Fran Bacchus (left)

Fran Bacchus and Maryanne Solarczyk didn’t costar with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in the 1954 musical White Christmas. 

But the Grove residents do share in common something from one of the songs in the movie: they’re devoted “sisters.” They love being neighbors at EricksonLiving’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa.  

The year Maryanne moved from Silver Spring, Md., Fran’s husband died and Maryanne asked if she’d consider moving to Maris Grove.

After 39 years in California, “I never thought I’d move,” says Fran. “But the more I visited Maryanne, the more I liked the idea.” 

Because her large house on the beach in Aptos had become difficult to care for, in 2011, she moved to maintenance-free living at Maris Grove. 

Both women came for security. Maryanne has no children, and Fran doesn’t want her five kids to worry about her. “She’s a very independent person,” says Maryanne.

Now everyone has peace of mind thanks to Maris Grove’s 24/7 security team staffed by EMTs, its on-campus medical center, and its on-site rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood. 

The community’s 90% refundable entrance deposit protects their savings and secures their futures (the Residence and Care Agreement has all the details). 

Returning to their Pennsylvania roots put Fran close to her two East Coast children and both women nearer their other siblings and their extended family members.

It also produced a monetary bonus: Pennsylvania doesn’t tax retirement income, including 401(k) and IRA distributions. 

And while the state does impose sales tax, Delaware doesn’t and is just a short drive or free campus shuttle ride away.

Separate, but intertwined

Fran and Maryanne have their own apartment homes but usually eat dinner together in a Maris Grove restaurant.

They also exercise together in a combination ballet and Pilates class. And they do floor routines in Fran’s home. 

It was Maryanne who first learned about Erickson Living because she visited Riderwood, one of its Maryland communities in Silver Spring. “I was very impressed with all the features,” she says.

Now she enjoys them firsthand: Instead of raking and shoveling, she lets Maris Grove’s grounds crew handle those chores. Instead of hauling her trash to the sidewalk regardless of weather, she sets it outside her door for pickup by the maintenance crew. 

And instead of navigating Pennsylvania’s congested roadways, she simply walks to her bank, hair appointments, pharmacy, and convenience store because they’re all on campus.




Moving long distance? No problem!

Even though Fran Bacchus moved from California, Suzanne McAllister, Maris Grove’s personal moving consultant, helped simplify her move by creating the ideal arrangement for her furniture. 

McAllister’s services, which include referrals to preferred realty and moving services vendors, are complimentary to Maris Grove’s priority list members.

The priority list, comprised of people who plan to move to an Erickson Living community, allows prospective residents to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice. All it takes to join is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person nonrefundable application fee. 

When prospective residents submit their deposit, that date is noted as their priority list date. Once their preferred floor plan becomes available, the sales team gives first right of refusal to priority list members based on their joining date.