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This just makes sense'

This New Jersey resident loves living at Ann’s Choice

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September 28th, 2015
Ann's Choice residents
Ann's Choice residents

Early this year, Bill Ledder changed his address from Pittstown, N.J., to , Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa. 

Like his cousin Joy Ashfield and her husband Raymond, he’d joined the Ann’s Choice priority list and attended many exclusive priority list events. 

But after ten years of living alone in his much-too-big, four-bedroom house and its acre-and-a-half property, Bill was tired of dealing with year-round maintenance and house upkeep.

He also wanted to live closer to his four young grandchildren in Chalfont, Pa. 

Then someone offered to buy his house, and Bill decided to sell. He moved to Ann’s Choice between snowstorms, to an extra-large two-bedroom, one-bath apartment home. 

The home had been completely upgraded, its size was ideal, and its closets were ample. 

The upgrades underscored what Bill discovered when he researched other retirement communities: Ann’s Choice offered more and cost less. 

“I save money here, even though I no longer have a tax deduction for my real estate tax,” he says. 

And because Ann’s Choice is a fee-for-service community in terms of continuing care, he doesn’t pay for care he might never need. 

A rich assortment of amenities

Bill returns to Pittstown often to see friends, but he’s equally involved at Ann’s Choice. 

He can choose from a smorgasbord of amenities and activities, and the community’s maintenance-free lifestyle gives him time to pursue them.

The lifestyle is also weatherproof; Bill can get to all of his activities via the interior circuit of climate-controlled walkways and bridges.

As an ambassador, he talks with visitors at Ann’s Choice sales luncheons. He’s also on the welcoming committee for his Liberty Commons neighborhood. And he attends multiple campus meetings to stay abreast of campus news.

Bill enjoys bountiful buffet breakfasts at ROMEO (Retired Outstanding Men Enjoying Ourselves) club meetings, and he plays golf with an Ann’s Choice group. 

A former Navy officer who spent two tours in the Seabees, he belongs to the veterans club, too.

Unlike some other retirement communities, Ann’s Choice accepts Bill’s retired military medical plan. His doctors’ appointments, shots, and lab draws all take place at the full-service campus medical center, just a short indoor stroll from his apartment home.

Bill has even recommitted to an exercise program because the Ann’s Choice fitness center is conveniently on-site. 

When he’s on campus, Bill joins the Ashfields for pre-dinner drinks at their home. Then the threesome dines together at a campus restaurant. 

The privacy of his own living space and the freedom to come, go, and interact as he chooses are what Bill likes most about Ann’s Choice. “It just makes sense to live here,” he says.