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At Ann’s Choice, life begins anew

Doris Grossman takes full advantage of all the community offers

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April 16th, 2015
Ann’s Choice resident Doris Grossman hosted ten family members around her table for a Rosh Hashanah dinner last year.
Ann’s Choice resident Doris Grossman hosted ten fa

Shortly after Doris Grossman moved to Choice, Erickson Living’s community in Bucks County, Pa., an incident occurred that set the tone for her life today.

She’d taken a book and walked to a clubhouse lobby to read. “But a few minutes later, someone came over to talk,” Doris says. “Then another person and another person. 

“I never did read my book,” she adds, “but that’s what I wanted. I wanted people around me, and that’s what I’ve found here.”

Doris moved from Flowers Mill, a 55-plus community 30 minutes away in Langhorne, Pa. She loved her life there, had scores of friends, and was involved in many activities. But after her husband passed away, her house no longer seemed like home.

She was lonely.

Then she learned about Ann’s Choice and attended a sales luncheon and tour. She felt comfortable with the people and the atmosphere immediately. 

She liked that Ann’s Choice offered so many on-site activities and amenities, that it included a meal plan in its monthly service package, and that she could walk through climate-controlled hallways to three different clubhouses and five dining venues without ever having to go outside.

She also knew that even if she moved, her Flowers Mill friends would remain her friends. 

But she realized that her house—with its two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, dining area, family room, large kitchen, and basement—was too big for her. 

“And I was always cleaning leaves and dust from my garage,” she says. “I thought, ‘Why am I doing this? There’s only me.’” 

The priceless gift of friendships

Doris’s Ann’s Choice friends live throughout the campus, so she walks to all three neighborhoods every day. Her bad knee, she says, is much improved because of it.

With 150-plus groups to explore, Doris pursues whichever ones sound intriguing. Currently, she plays mah-jongg, belongs to the Jewish Residents Council and the Hadassah group, and volunteers at Rose Gardens, the community’s rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood. 

She also mingles with luncheon guests as an Ann’s Choice ambassador.

And she invites her Flowers Mill friends to Ann’s Choice in hopes of enticing them to become her neighbors again. 

Simplifying every day

Doris’s large, one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath floor plan suits her perfectly. Her great room provides the ideal niche for her desk and computer, and easily accommodates her bounteous dining room table.

Last year, although Ann’s Choice served a special Rosh Hashanah dinner, Doris cooked the meal herself, from soup to dessert. Ten family members dined around her table. 

As she cleaned the kitchen that night, her garbage disposal backed up. One call to general services at 10 p.m. immediately brought a repairperson who fixed the problem. Try that as a homeowner.

Aside from 24/7 home maintenance, Ann’s Choice has a handful of other amenities that make life easier for Doris. For starters, she changed her doctors. 

Her primary doctor practices in the on-site medical center and treats only Ann’s Choice residents. Her specialists hold monthly office hours at Ann’s Choice, and there’s a convenience store with pharmacy on campus, too.

With friendships, activities, and a carefree lifestyle giving her freedom to enjoy both, Doris says her life began when she moved to Ann’s Choice.