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‘Life doesn’t get any better than this’

Peggy Wicks says her community has thought of everything

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June 27th, 2017
The open floor plan of Peggy Wicks’ Dalton apartment home easily accommodates her large display cabinet. At press time, only three Daltons were available.

The open floor plan of Peggy Wicks’ Dalton apartment home easily accommodates her large display cabinet. At press time, only three Daltons were available.

Peggy Wicks might be the happiest woman at Devonshire at PGA National, Erickson Living’s senior living community in Palm Beach Gardens.

Ask how she feels about moving there early this year, and her face just beams. 

When Peggy and her late husband visited the community a few years ago, they immediately fell in love with it. “We thought Devonshire had it all,” she says. “Nothing was lacking.”

Last August she decided to follow through with their original plan to move from PGA National to Devonshire. Peggy reserved the 1,940-plus-square-foot Dalton— a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment style that she loved for its open floor plan and expansive breakfast-room view of the nature preserve adjacent to Devonshire’s grounds.

It also features a separate dining area and a foyer spacious enough to accommodate her large wall unit. 

What Peggy likes best about her new home is its serenity. With help from Devonshire’s design center, she created that through her choice of finishes, subtle colors, and flooring that resembles driftwood. 

Because she doesn’t need a guest bedroom, Peggy commissioned the design center to install built-in units that customize her second bedroom as her office-sewing room.

Moving made easy

Peggy worked with Devonshire Personal Moving Consultant Lori Hampton to simplify her move. Hampton, whose services through Erickson Realty and Moving Services are available to all Devonshire priority list members, provides complimentary coordination of every realty and moving need, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

Peggy used a preferred real estate agent and senior move managing company to great success. Her home sold in just two days, and she didn’t pack or unpack a thing; the move managing team did that.

The community even provided her with what Peggy calls “my personal welcome lady.” She met Barbie Traum, one of Devonshire’s resident ambassadors, during a visit last summer, and Barbie stayed in touch with her throughout her transition. 

Such friendliness is a Devonshire hallmark. Not only fellow neighbors, “But every staff member calls us by name and greets us with big smiles,” says Peggy. Originally from Missouri, she says, “Being a Midwesterner, “I appreciate the neighborliness.”  

She’s equally enamored of Devonshire’s 26 acres of verdant palm trees and lush tropical flora, its five distinctive clubhouse restaurants, its gorgeous and well-stocked library, and its full calendar of activities.

She’s doing needlepoint with the Sew & So group, sharing her family histories with the writer’s group, and staying fit at the on-site wellness center. “I love the valet service and the convenience of having my own bank right here in the clubhouse,” Peggy says. “Devonshire has thought of everything.”

Although her daughter lives close by in Wellington, Peggy’s son lives in Corpus Christie, Tex. “They’re so thrilled that I made this decision to live here,” she says. 

“In fact, I can’t imagine living anywhere else now. Life doesn’t get any better than this.”

Comfort on call

Regardless of how much help you receive during a move, the process still can sap a bit of your strength. 

Peggy Wicks received ample assistance when she moved to Devonshire. Still, shortly after settling in, Peggy came down with a virus. Luckily for her, Devonshire has a Wellness Center and nurse on site.

“When the nurse heard my [raspy voice],” Peggy says,” she checked me over, and for two weeks she arranged for meals to be brought to me. In fact, she checked me every day. 

“My daughter told me what a comfort that was. She said she didn’t have to worry about me being alone.”