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Ann’s Choice exceeds this couple’s wish list

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June 28th, 2016
Ann’s Choice residents Linda and Mike Droluk

At a lounge in one of the three clubhouses at Ann’s Choice, Linda and Mike Droluk display a bottle of their homemade wine.

Because Mike and Linda Droluk knew exactly what they wanted, the Jamison, Pa., residents spent five years researching local retirement communities. 

They evaluated them according to a long list of requirements, including cleanliness, availability of high-speed Internet, the look and feel of the architecture and furnishings, and the attitude and knowledge of the staff. 

Most important, says Mike, was the social aspect. Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in nearby Bucks County, bested the other communities in every category, especially that one. “Ann’s Choice residents were active and engaged,” Mike says. 

So when a two-bedroom, two-bath, corner-location floor plan with a bay window became available, they reserved it immediately. 

They moved last May, earlier than planned. Linda was still working then, and cleaning and caring for their 3,200-square-foot house was beginning to wear on her. 

Also, they didn’t want to turn down the ideal apartment home because they didn’t know when the same style might again become available. 

“The move was still a challenge,” Linda says. “But knowing we had support from Ann’s Choice made it less stressful.”

Sold in one week!

Personal Moving Consultant Colleen Rosica arranged a floor plan drawing that fit the Droluks’ furniture perfectly. And their real estate agent, an Ann’s Choice preferred partner, sold their house in one week at the price they wanted. 

The moving company they used, recommended by Ann’s Choice, was excellent. “They packed nicely and quickly and took no breaks,” says Mike. And the Droluks received a $2,000 reimbursement on their moving expenses through Ann’s Choice’s Move On Us program. 

A perfect arrangement

The Droluks’ apartment home, a Jackson floor plan, gives the couple separate bedrooms, one on either side of their great room. Each bedroom has a generously sized closet and its own full bathroom. 

This way, Linda can rise at 5 a.m., shower, and prepare for work without disturbing Mike. He has the master bedroom, which doubles as a computer room.

The home’s eat-in kitchen pleases Linda and lets the Droluks pursue their winemaking hobby. They make red wine in the kitchen and age it in their wine refrigerator, which is located in the master bedroom’s walk-in closet. 

Neighborly inspiration

“I’ve met more young old people at Ann’s Choice than I’ve met in my entire life,” Linda says. “They’re amazingly physically active.” 

Now the Droluks are more active, too.

They use the campus fitness center, play Wii bowling, and will plant vegetables in their community garden patch any day now. The Ann’s Choice grounds crew tills the gardens each spring at no charge.

Mike flies radio-controlled helicopters with the Silent Flyers group, plays chess, and belongs to the woodshop and the ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) club. 

He’s changed his doctor to an Ann’s Choice physician who practices in the on-site medical center. And his health insurance is Erickson Advantage, a Medicare Advantage program available exclusively to Erickson Living residents.

Linda takes aerobics and, as a member of the Keystone Krafters group, sews wine totes and makes other items to sell at campus craft shows. The proceeds benefit the Resident Care Fund, which helps residents who have a genuine and unforeseen change in their financial situation. It’s part of the home for life commitment at Ann’s Choice (the Residence and Care Agreement has all the details.)

In short, the Drolaks’ new lifestyle is just what they wanted.