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Well positioned for the future

Couple weighs best options for retirement living

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October 12th, 2017
Kathleen and Bob Lamb moved to Highland Springs for its predictable monthly expenses, social opportunities, and on-site medical care.

Kathleen and Bob Lamb moved to Highland Springs for its predictable monthly expenses, social opportunities, and on-site medical care.


As a financial planner, Kathleen Lamb advised her clients to carefully consider their living arrangements once they retired.

“Once you get to a certain age, you don’t want to sit there with a huge house and all the maintenance it entails,” says Kathleen. “What happens if your health starts failing and you’re forced to sell your home?”

Kathleen and her husband Bob heeded that advice when they moved to Highland Springs, the Erickson Living community in North Dallas, in 2009.

‘Everything we need’

“We’re visionaries,” says Kathleen. “We looked down the road and decided we wanted to be in a place that offers opportunities for socialization, great medical care, and maintenance-free living. We found all three at Highland Springs.”

Before they made their decision, however, Bob and Kathleen researched a handful of retirement communities across the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, comparing financial structures and amenities.

“We wanted to know what the costs would be,” says Kathleen. “At Highland Springs, the fixed monthly service package gave us peace of mind knowing that our expenses would be the same from month to month. We wouldn’t have any more unexpected expenses stemming from home repairs.”

Bob and Kathleen also appreciated the amenities devoted to the overall well-being of residents. 

“The on-site fitness center is a great benefit,” says Kathleen. “Bob and I work out four or five times a week. It’s convenient to walk down the hall and not have to get in the car to go to the gym.”

Highland Springs’ on-site medical center, staffed by full-time physicians specializing in geriatric care, was another draw. 

“I feel as though we’ve positioned ourselves to extend our longevity as much as possible,” says Kathleen. “We have everything we need to stay healthy right here on campus.”

Social opportunities

Bob, for his part, says he enjoys the social life at Highland Springs. 

“We have neighbors who are friends,” says Bob. “There are no strangers here, but at the same time they respect your privacy. It’s a wonderful combination.”

Bob spent 20 years serving in the Air Force before going back to school to earn his law degree under the GI Bill. Bob is a professor emeritus at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, where he taught business law for 18 years.

Kathleen began her career as a professional violinist. She was a military spouse and mother of four before earning a business degree from the University of Redlands in California, and she spent the last 11 years of her career as a financial advisor with USAA in San Antonio.

“Our move to Highland Springs was our twenty-second move because we moved around so much when Bob was in the Air Force,” says Kathleen. “At Highland Springs we feel like we’re living on a stationary cruise ship. We’re in the best possible place for a healthy, happy future.”