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Living at Maris Grove makes it all easy and convenient, says Carol Kette

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July 20th, 2016
Carol Kette took her time acquiring art pieces that she loves for her home at Maris Grove. Now she says her home is ‘all me.’

Carol Kette took her time acquiring art pieces that she loves for her home at Maris Grove. Now she says her home is ‘all me.’

Working full time and caring for the home she grew up in, a three-story house in Upper Darby, Pa., eventually motivated Carol Kette to move. “The weeding, the raking, the taxes, the snow…I didn’t want to be in a big house,” she says. 

Because she also didn’t want to move more than once, she began researching area retirement communities.  

Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s continuing care community in the rolling hills of Delaware County, Pa., was the only place that invited her for a luncheon. That impressed her, so she attended, talked with people who lived there, and asked questions.

Pleased with what she’d learned, when she received a second invitation, she decided to move to Maris Grove. She did so in 2011.

Easy living for working residents

“You only have to come and look around to see why,” Carol says. “The landscaping is beautiful. The grounds crew is out there every day doing the things I used to do. And it’s a nonsmoking campus, which I love.” 

She also appreciates that Maris Grove makes life easy for community members who still work. Carol often gets her dinner to go from the campus café and enjoys it at home. 

And like her neighbors, she lives a maintenance-free lifestyle. 

The bill for Carol’s monthly service package stays the same throughout the year and covers all repairs and replacements inside and out of her apartment home by Maris Grove’s full-time maintenance team. It also covers all utilities but the telephone and includes additional living expenses such as property taxes, 24/7 campus security, flexible dining plans residents can use at Maris Grove’s four restaurants, and on-site amenities like the fitness center, all-season pool and hot tub, and creative arts studios.

For added convenience, there’s an on-site medical center, pharmacy, bank, and convenience store.

Close to everything yet tucked away

Maris Grove is a stone’s throw from Carol’s full-time job at Children’s Hospital’s Glen Mills location. And she can walk to an open-air mall that sits just outside the community’s entrance gate. 

A larger mall and a new Wegmans aren’t much farther away. Yet Maris Grove remains a peaceful, wooded haven.

When Carol moved, the first thing she noticed were the bird songs. Gone was the road noise she’d awakened to every day at her house. 

She also left many of the generations-old furnishings in her former home in favor of gradually acquiring her own treasures. 

“My cozy home is now ‘all me,’ and I never tire of looking at what I have,” Carol says.

Her extra-large, corner-location Harrison floor plan features an expansive great room with a bay window, a sunny eat-in kitchen, two bedrooms, and one bathroom. “It’s perfect,” she says. 

Quiet retreat, active lifestyle

While her work schedule keeps her from weekday campus activities, Carol feels she’s a part of the community because everyone is so friendly. 

“It’s a feeling of belonging,” she says. “People even chat in the elevators.”

Weekends find this former pilot and scuba diver working out at the fitness center, socializing with her neighbors at Maris Grove’s elaborate Sunday brunches, and sometimes grilling out with a friend at the campus pond and picnic area. 

And the equipment at Maris Grove’s in-house TV studio is enticing Carol to volunteer. 

“There are oodles of things I can do here when I retire,” she says. Because she misses the trips her family took to Europe, Maris Grove’s extensive travel program overseen by the community resources department could well be something she pursues. 

For now she’s happy that Maris Grove has freed her from homeowner responsibilities and cooking chores and that it provides a quiet after-work retreat.

“It’s so peaceful here,” Carol says. “It’s a nice place to live.”