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Right at home

Maris Grove’s priority list brings together new friends, former neighbors

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July 6th, 2016
(From left) Maris Grove priority list members John and Barb Izykowski and Sue and Richard Makara

(From left) Maris Grove priority list members John and Barb Izykowski and Sue and Richard Makara during the couples’ visit to the popular Erickson Living campus in Delaware County.

After Barb and John Izykowski moved from Chester County, Pa., to a 55-plus community in Garnet Valley four years ago, “The more people I met,” says Barb, “the more Maris Grove residents I discovered.” 

And everything they told her about Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County sounded good.

So last summer, the Izykowskis attended a sales luncheon at Maris Grove and joined the community’s priority list.

Running into neighbors

Last December, when the couple returned for an exclusive priority list open house at Maris Grove, Barb had a surprising experience. 

When the woman ahead of her in the check-in line turned around, Barb found herself looking not at another Maris Grove resident, but at Sue Makara, her down-the-street Havertown neighbor from 20 years ago.

Like the Izykowskis, Sue and her husband Richard had joined Maris Grove’s priority list. 

As the couples ate lunch and toured apartment homes together that day, the women tried to catch up on the past two decades. 

They also compared notes about the apartment styles they were touring. 

When Sue admired an extra-large floor plan, “Barb reminded me that at Maris Grove, the idea is to downsize and have time to do things instead of have things,” Sue says. 

Moving assistance 

Aiming to move in 2017, Sue contacted Maris Grove Personal Moving Consultant Suzanne McAllister for advice. 

McAllister makes complimentary home visits to priority list members to help them decide what to bring to Maris Grove and what to leave behind. 

She also provides complimentary coordination and referrals to trusted partners with expertise in everything from downsizing and choosing a real estate professional to the move itself.

Telling advantages

The Izykowskis don’t plan to move for a few years, but as they feel more at home at Maris Grove, that could change. 

“We took care of our parents,” Barb says. “I don’t want our kids to face that decision of caring for us.”

That Maris Grove has a medical center and a rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood both on-site gives them peace of mind. “And the 90% refundable entrance deposit is spectacular,” says Barb. (Maris Grove’s Residence and Care Agreement provides complete details.)

She’s pleased that her current fitness activities—a walking group, Zumba Gold, and tai chi—are also available at Maris Grove. 

What ultimately swayed the couple was learning that their Cavalier King Charles puppy would be welcome. 

They’ve raved so much about Maris Grove, says Barb, that another couple they know has joined its priority list.

For Sue, one-level living and no homeowner chores are the telling advantages. For John, it’s the 90% refundable entrance deposit, which will let them leave a legacy for their children.

Sue’s sister lives in a continuing care community, as did her parents. Seeing how happy and involved her parents were convinced the Makaras that moving to Maris Grove was also the right decision for them.