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Three good reasons

Location, reputation, activities fill the bill for this Maris Grove resident

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March 23rd, 2016
Maris Grove resident Bill Queale

Maris Grove resident Bill Queale displays the antique table he duplicated this year in the campus woodshop.

When Bill Queale almost tripped down the steps at his condo in Yardley, Pa., he decided to move to a community that offered one-level living. 

He chose Maris Grove in Delaware County for three reasons: it was convenient to family in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Md., and Lancaster; it was an Erickson Living community; and it had more than 1,000 apartment homes, which he reasoned would provide a stable operation, financial strength, and lots of activities.

Bill and Erickson Living go way back. During 40-plus years as an independent city-planning consultant, he represented 150-some towns in the Northeast corridor and dealt with a host of developers.

In the 1990s, he represented Tinton Falls, N.J., when Erickson Living proposed building its Seabrook community there. Building required an ordinance change, which Bill ultimately recommended. 

He came away impressed by the company’s culture of integrity but wondered about day-to-day interactions with residents. 

However, Bill’s son, then a medical student doing a geriatric rotation at Erickson Living’s Charlestown community in Baltimore, assured his dad that staff and management did indeed put residents’ welfare first.

And when Bill moved to Maris Grove last spring, he experienced that very same attitude.

A seamless transition

Bill claims his two-bedroom, one-bath Fairmont-style apartment with bay window suits him perfectly. “I felt comfortable from day one when my boxes were out of the way and my pictures were up,” he says. 

Because he has activities both on and off campus, Bill’s second bedroom is his office. 

Bill’s experiences of working with adult community developers and his openness to forming connections made his Maris Grove transition seamless.

Shortly after he moved, a hallway neighbor began introducing him around. “Things snowballed, and I had lots of folks to call for dinner dates,” Bill says. 

The neighbor also showed him the well-equipped campus woodshop, now Bill’s favorite place to be.

He’s joined the theater group’s backstage crew, and he bowls with two leagues.

A three-mile daily walker, he likes the convenience of a shopping mall just outside Maris Grove’s gated entrance.

And he has peace of mind: An on-site medical center and rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood have him covered for any potential “what-ifs.”