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Extend your independent living

Why this couple relocated to Riderwood

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April 12th, 2016

Chuck and Molly Francis moved to Riderwood about ten years ago. Prior to that, they lived at Leisure World for 11 years. Chuck says he and Molly had a lovely home at Leisure World, and they enjoyed living there. But, he says, as they got older, they decided it would make sense to live somewhere that would make life even easier.

“[Leisure World] is a very nice place, but you have to be able to drive, and you have to be able to get out, and you have to do your own cooking,” Chuck says.

He and Molly decided Riderwood would be the right place for them to remain independent for as long as possible. Amenities like shuttle transportation to nearby shopping centers, an on-site medical center, and on-site restaurants mean people who live at Riderwood have all of the services and amenities they could want under one roof.

“Riderwood basically provides the facilities for extending your independent living,” Chuck says. “We decided we would make some arrangements before we got too old to do it.”

Planned ahead

It was important to Chuck and Molly to move to Riderwood while they were still independent and youthful enough to make the move and enjoy the community. Now in his early 90s, Chuck continues to drive, but he appreciates the security of living at a place where he can continue to be independent even if he stops driving. 

“If we were still at Leisure World, we would put a burden on our children,” Chuck says. “Although we have a family that is very caring and wonderful, we don’t like to burden them, and here we don’t have to.”

Chuck and Molly selected one of the largest apartment homes at Riderwood, so they have plenty of space to host their large family, which includes six children and a gaggle of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They have two ample bedrooms, two bathrooms, a bright sunroom, a spacious open living/dining room, and a full kitchen. Chuck says they typically opt to eat lunch at one of Riderwood’s restaurants, and then have a light evening meal and perhaps a martini at home.

“We’re doing well, and we always go to happy hour [in Riderwood’s clubhouse] on Wednesdays,” Chuck says.