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Second generation embraces Brooksby

Adult children choose same community as their parents

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September 20th, 2016
Dick and Carol Profio moved to Brooksby Village in November 2015. Carol’s father also lived at the Peabody, Mass., Erickson Living community.

Dick and Carol Profio moved to Brooksby Village in November 2015. Carol’s father also lived at the Peabody, Mass., Erickson Living community.

Carol Profio was acquainted with Brooksby Village long before she moved to the Peabody, Mass., Erickson Living community with her husband, Dick, in November 2015.

“I visited Brooksby shortly after it opened in June 2000 because I was looking at retirement communities for my dad,” says Carol.

Carol’s father, Joseph Govoni, moved to Brooksby in March 2001.

“Several of his neighbors from Beverly also moved to Brooksby, so my dad had friends here when he moved in,” says Carol. 

At the time, Brooksby was a fledging community with one clubhouse and two residence buildings. Today, Brooksby is home to more than 1,700 residents spread across seven residence buildings. The community boasts three clubhouses and a continuing care neighborhood.

“We’ve seen the growth over the years,” says Dick. “Brooksby has multiplied, not just in size, but in terms of the amenities and activities it offers.”

Although Joseph passed away in 2005, Carol says she can still picture her dad playing the piano in Windsor Restaurant to entertain residents during dinner.

Fast-forward ten years

When it came time to map out their own future, Dick and Carol did their research. 

“We took a thorough look at continuing care at Brooksby Village,” says Dick. “We don’t know what the future will hold, whether we’ll need continuing care services or not. But if we do, we want to be in a place that takes good care of its residents. We liked what we saw at Brooksby.”

Carol, for her part, wanted to lift the potential burden off their two children.

“I know what it’s like to have to help a parent move,” says Carol. “We didn’t want our sons to be in that position.”

Convinced that Brooksby was right for them, Dick and Carol joined the priority list in 2014, putting down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice.

“We knew we wanted a two-bedroom apartment so we could use the second bedroom as an office and guest room for our eight- and ten-year-old granddaughters when they come to visit,” says Carol. “I also wanted a large kitchen because I have food allergies and still do a lot of cooking.”

‘In the treetops’

In August 2015, the couple looked at a two-bedroom, two-bath, Jackson-style apartment on the sixth floor of the Liberty Place residence building. 

“At first, I didn’t want anything above the fourth floor because I don’t like heights,” says Dick. “But it felt like we were in the treetops when we walked into this apartment. It has quite a spectacular view.”

After reserving the apartment, Dick and Carol returned home to Chelmsford to begin the process of downsizing.

“Carol and I moved into our Chelmsford house right after we were married,” says Dick, a retired electrical engineer and facilities manager. “We had 50 years of memories piled up. I never got rid of anything. I even had the first bill from that house.”

The couple worked with Laurie Phillips, Brooksby’s personal moving consultant, who guided them through the process. Phillips offers complimentary coordination of moving services for anyone moving to Brooksby. 

“Laurie was great,” says Carol. “She recommended a real estate agent who listed our home in September. More than 30 potential buyers walked through during the first open house. We had three offers that day.”

Embracing a vibrant lifestyle

The couple moved to Brooksby in November 2015. 

“Dick had a large garden at our Chelmsford house, and it was important to him to harvest his garden before we moved,” says Carol. “We brought 100 quarts of canned tomatoes with us to Brooksby.”

Once settled, Dick and Carol didn’t waste any time jumping into their new lifestyle. Dick applied for a community garden space so he could continue to exercise his green thumb. He also discovered the community’s woodshop, where he made pull-out shelves for Carol to use in her new kitchen.

“I signed up for the Brooksby triathlon, which kicked off with the Brooksby marathon in April, biking in May, and swimming in June,” says Dick. “Before the triathlon, the only time I’d been to Brooksby’s indoor swimming pool was when our granddaughters were visiting. I like to stay active, and there are plenty of activities here to keep me busy.”

Carol and Dick own a summer cottage on Cape Cod, where they spend time every other week from April through October each year.

“When we owned our home and returned from the Cape, I’d have to cut the lawn, work in the garden, and take care of our fish pond,” says Dick. “Carol would put things back in order inside the house. Now we return from the Cape, unlock our apartment, and head down to one of Brooksby’s restaurants for dinner. It’s so much easier to go back and forth between Brooksby and the Cape.”

Second-generation residents

As a second-generation Brooksby resident, Carol is discovering even more connections to Brooksby than she previously realized.

“We met Peter and Carol Seamans at a priority list event,” says Carol. “They’re also second-generation Brooksby residents [Peter’s mother Anne lived at the community]. They moved to Brooksby from Beverly, where they lived on the same street as my father. We’re finding all these threads of interconnectedness, tied together by Brooksby.”