Tribune Print Share Text

Wait no more

‘Country girl’ finds more than one reason to live at Maris Grove

Created date

December 21st, 2016
Resident Sally Dietz works on one of her cross-stitch projects in the comfortable living room of her home at Maris Grove.

Resident Sally Dietz works on one of her cross-stitch projects in the comfortable living room of her home at Maris Grove.

Sally Dietz moved to Maris Grove in 2012 while the community’s new residence building, Eagle Pointe, was under construction.

The opportunity to settle into an entirely new building at the Erickson Living community in Delaware County, Pa., enticed her to move earlier than planned from her condominium in West Chester. As she tallied additional reasons Maris Grove would be an ideal place for her, she saw no reason to wait.

Reasons keep adding up

“I’d visited several communities, and this was the friendliest,” Sally says. “I’m a country girl. The other places seemed more formal.”

Because Sally has no children, Maris Grove’s 24/7 security and its on-site rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood strongly influenced her decision. 

On a practical level, she liked Maris Grove’s refundable entrance deposit and found its extensive list of on-site amenities and special interest groups an exceptional value for the price. 

On a personal level, “I’m a loner,” says Sally. “Living here [encourages] me to be with people, which was another reason to move.” 

At her condo, she’d often hibernate regardless of the season and didn’t mind being housebound in winter. Now when it snows, she prefers mingling with neighbors or playing shuffleboard in the lounge. 

Sally is active in the campus computer and travel groups but still maintains solitary pursuits. Maris Grove gives her that choice.

An accomplished fiber artist, she excels at crewel embroidery, needlepoint, and cross-stitch, and she’s displayed some of her work at Maris Grove. 

Serendipitous address

Sally’s cheerful two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath apartment home in Eagle Pointe seems designed just for her. “I taught math for many years in Room 114, my apartment is 411, and my mother’s favorite animal was the eagle,” Sally says. 

Plus, her small, state-of-the art, open kitchen suits her perfectly, even though “I never use it!” she says. “Not having to cook is one of the reasons I moved here.” Instead, she dines at campus restaurants with her neighbors. 

She can choose among four different eating venues. A fifth will open next year in the community’s Redwood Commons neighborhood, now under construction.

Sally uses Maris Grove’s flexible dining plan of 30 meals a month. After she’s been away on trips with the travel group or has dined in West Chester with long-time friends, she uses her leftover meals to treat those friends to dinners at Maris Grove.