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A man’s choice

Simplicity serves George Murray to a T

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May 31st, 2017
George Murray, second from left, treats family members to brunch at Ann’s Choice, including (from left) George’s son Dan, daughter Susan, daughter Nancy, and son-in-law Joe.

George Murray, second from left, treats family members to brunch at Ann’s Choice, including (from left) George’s son Dan, daughter Susan, daughter Nancy, and son-in-law Joe.

When George Murray toured Ann’s Choice last year with two of his sons, the friendliness they encountered and the extensive amenities and activities they learned about made all three Murrays feel good about Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa.

“I reserved my apartment that day because everything just seemed right,” George says.

He liked the community’s 90% refundable entrance deposit and on-site amenities that included a full-service medical center and a rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood. (Details on the entrance deposit are explained in the Residence and Care Agreement.)

So last April, George moved from a two-bedroom condominium in Mt. Laurel, N.J., to an extra-large, one-bedroom Brighton-style apartment home that suits him perfectly.

Because four of his six children live within a 30-minute drive, George doesn’t need a guest room. Nor does he need an office/computer room because he uses a laptop computer. 

“The Brighton is a good choice for a man,” says George. “I don’t have hobbies like sewing or quilting that require supplies.”

And if his hobbies were woodworking or model trains, he could pursue them in the campus woodshop and the train clubroom. 

Something for everyone

Because Ann’s Choice offers more than 150 special interest groups and on-site events, community members can pursue almost any interest they dream up. George plays bridge and volunteers at the on-site continuing care neighborhood.

He takes long walks in Warminster Community Park next door, switching to a treadmill at the campus fitness center in inclement weather. 

George enjoys having the freedom to come and go as he likes because he’s equally busy off campus attending his grandkids’ soccer and lacrosse games and going with his family to the Jersey Shore. 

Family gatherings

His kids, in return, come to Ann’s Choice for evening visits or Sunday brunch. They enjoy the brunch get-togethers so much that George is on Ann’s Choice’s 30-meal flexible dining plan to ensure he’ll have extra meal credits to host the kids. 

He knew no one when he moved, but the friendliness he encountered on his first visit told him he’d have no trouble meeting people; one of the best places is over dinner in one of the community’s campus restaurants.

“[You never have to] eat alone here,” says George. “If you’re by yourself they’ll [offer to] seat you with other people. Everyone I’ve met at dinner has been so social. The food is excellent, and so are the people.”

Because he makes a point of eating in all five of Ann’s Choice’s restaurants, which he can easily access through enclosed, climate-controlled walkways, he now has friends in all three neighborhoods. 

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