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Ready for the next chapter

Discovering the value, benefits of community life

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

After 26 years of managing the kitchen at Carmen’s Place, the sports bar she owned with her husband Carmen, and even longer caring for their house in Bensalem, Pa., Fritzi Cavalli was ready to retire from everything.

She wanted more than winters in Florida; Fritzi wanted the one-level, maintenance-free lifestyle at , Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa. And she wanted to be near their grandkids in Buckingham.

The Cavallis had attended sales events, joined the Ann’s Choice priority list, and even selected their desired apartment style.

“We said the only way we’d move was if they had a home with a patio and a view,” says Carmen. 

He wasn’t as keen as Fritzi on moving, but then the exact home they wanted became available, a two-bedroom floor plan with a patio and a verdant courtyard view. 

Fritzi was thrilled, and Carmen also said yes. Suddenly it was time to list their house. 

“I never thought the house would sell,” Carmen says. “I thought we’d have all summer to move.”

But after their first open house, the Cavallis accepted an offer for $5,000 over their asking price. However, they had just 30 days to downsize and move. 

Team of experts 

They met the deadline because Fritzi turned to Ann’s Choice Personal Moving Consultant Colleen Rosica, who maintains a list of recommended moving-related vendors. 

Through Erickson Realty and Moving Services, Rosica provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate agent. 

Her services are available to all Erickson Living priority list members whether they’re just considering a move or are ready to list their house.

“I used as much help as I could,” Fritzi says, “a real estate agent, a downsizer, a moving company, and someone to unpack and put away my kitchen.”

Real life at Ann’s Choice

The Cavallis volunteer at Channel 5, Ann’s Choice’s in-house TV studio. 

A former defensive end with the Oakland Raiders, Carmen serves on the panel of Let’s Talk Sports, a wide-ranging, monthly sports discussion program.

Fritzi does audio work at the station and is part of the on-air talent for a restaurant review show called Dining With Diana. 

The Cavallis’ doctors are Ann’s Choice staff physicians who practice in its full-service medical center. 

The convenience of on-campus medical care is what Fritzi values most about the community. “That’s been a godsend,” she says. “Carmen wouldn’t be in the health he’s in if we didn’t live here.” 

Carmen was hospitalized three times with pneumonia last year. Had it not been so convenient to see a doctor, Fritzi says he’d have put off making an appointment. 

This year, his doctor diagnosed early colon cancer. Now cancer-free, Carmen had surgery at Doylestown Hospital and is finishing up a course of chemotherapy.

He could have done post-hospital rehabilitation at Rose Gardens, the on-site rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood at Ann’s Choice, but he didn’t need it because he’s in such good physical condition.

Carmen routinely works out at the campus fitness center and makes a habit of walking part of the course when he golfs with friends.

Now sold on Ann’s Choice, Carmen loves the freedom of doing whatever he likes. And he  appreciates the 24/7 maintenance team, since he says he has no handyman skills whatsoever.

But he’s an eager cheerleader for his grandchildren. This summer, at a youth baseball tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., the Cavallis watched their grandson hit a grand slam home run. 

Carmen also attends some pro games. He roots for the Raiders and the Eagles, the Phillies and the Yankees.

At home, the couple retreats to their patio for the view, for morning coffee, and for pre-dinner cocktails.

It’s the life Fritzi envisioned. “Ann’s Choice has felt like home since day one,” she says.

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