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‘The best move’

Happiness—it’s in the air at Maris Grove

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October 14th, 2016
Stanley Ederheimer couldn’t be happier with his new home at Maris Grove, the Erickson Living community in Delaware County, Pa. His patio is his favorite place to relax.

Stanley Ederheimer couldn’t be happier with his new home at Maris Grove, the Erickson Living community in Delaware County, Pa. His patio is his favorite place to relax.

Stanley Ederheimer’s introduction to Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., came four years ago at its on-site rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood.

The former Suffern, N.Y., resident was already on Maris Grove’s priority list, so when he was hospitalized in Suffern, he was able to do his posthospital rehabilitation at Rose Court, Maris Grove's on-site continuing care neighborhood. 

That pleased his daughter, who lives near Maris Grove in Chadds Ford, and his son, who lives in Maryland. They wanted their dad to live closer to them. 

Three years later, he decided that too.

“I didn’t really think I was ready for a retirement community,” Stanley says. “But it turns out I made the best move.”

The perfect apartment

Last year, Stanley settled into a beautifully appointed apartment home at Maris Grove. 

Kimberly Janson, Maris Grove’s sales counselor, “was patient, upbeat, and found me the perfect place,” Stanley says. The one-bedroom home in the Eagle Pointe residence building met all of his requests.

It features a spacious galley kitchen and a patio with a small lawn. Stanley also wanted a deep closet, so his walk-in style is perfect.

On moving, Stanley’s Maris Grove-recommended moving company left for Maris Grove ahead of him. 

When he arrived, his son, daughter, and son-in-law had unpacked all the boxes, arranged everything, and made the bed. 

What a wonderful welcome home. 

Now Stanley’s weeks are rich with family visits. “My kids are thrilled that I’m here,” he says.

His daughter drops by often, and her dad has a standing invitation for dinner at her home.

His son visits every month. When he came on Father’s Day, Stanley treated him to Maris Grove’s Sunday brunch.

Stanley has become especially close to his daughter’s two teenage girls.

One Friday he took a call from the 17-year-old. “Grandpa,” she said, “What are you doing tonight? How about dinner and a movie?”

“Count me in!” he told her. She drove right over and picked him up.

“It’s wonderful to have a relationship like that with a grandchild,” he says. That might not be the case if he’d stayed in Suffern.

A benefit beyond measure

Stanley’s primary doctor is a Maris Grove physician who practices in the campus medical center, where someone is always on call.

One night, Stanley experienced recurring upper respiratory symptoms, so he called the medical center and was seen immediately. 

Everything seemed fine, but the nurse practitioner on call was concerned and sent Stanley to Riddle Hospital. There, he was diagnosed with a serious but treatable condition. 

Because Riddle’s staff kept the medical center apprised of his situation, “Maris Grove is on top of things, which I’m very pleased with,” says Stanley. “This place is run very well.”

He now follows an exercise program at the campus fitness center and indoor aquatics center. He also follows an eating plan. 

With four campus restaurants, “There are so many menu choices that it’s easy to eat healthy,” Stanley says. “And the food is very good.”  

He’s now joined Maris Grove’s Italian-American Club and made some great friends. 

“The people here are the best salespeople for Maris Grove,” he says. “They’re all happy! They say this is the best place for them. And it’s the best place for me too.”