Right move at the right time

Delaware couple finds ideal retirement in Delaware County, Pa.

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September 14th, 2018
A talented cook whose passion is bread baking, Carol Broadrick puts the trend-setting kitchen of the Broadricks’ home at Maris Grove to frequent use. Her husband John awaits a sample from Carol’s fresh-baked challah loaf.

A talented cook whose passion is bread baking, Carol Broadrick puts the trend-setting kitchen of the Broadricks’ home at Maris Grove to frequent use. Her husband John awaits a sample from Carol’s fresh-baked challah loaf.

John and Carol Broadrick loved their 2,800-square-foot house in the beach resort area of Lewes, Del.

But as the grandkids grew up and visited less often, and a replacement roof loomed in their future, they started thinking about shedding home maintenance concerns—“in about two years”—for carefree living at a retirement community.

“We kept saying ‘in the future, in the future,’” says Carol.

Then friends joined the priority list at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., where two of Carol’s cousins already lived.

Next, the Broadricks joined the list. And at a subsequent priority list event, they scheduled a home visit from Maris Grove’s personal moving consultant.

When the consultant saw the couple’s open floor plan, she knew exactly how they liked to live. And she had an available apartment home she thought they’d love, a one-bedroom Hadley-style whose large windows and open layout expand its already spacious interior.

Everything comes together

The Broadricks toured the apartment in June 2017. “As soon as we saw it,” says John, “it hit us like a cold blast of air on a hot day. This was it!”

They reserved it on the spot. Suddenly, “Everything came together,” Carol says. “It felt real. It felt right.”

Carol’s passion is cooking and bread baking. While the apartment lacked the patio and second bedroom she’d hoped for, it featured the large cook’s kitchen she’d insisted on.

“We went on our intuition of what would make us happy,” Carol says, “and we’ve not regretted it for an instant.” They moved just three months later.

Two other factors influenced the Broadricks’ decision. Because they’d both been caregivers for their mothers, they wanted to spare their three daughters that responsibility.

And they have; Maris Grove provides superior continuing care right on campus.

Also, John’s mother lived to age 99. Very careful with her savings, she never expected to outlive her money, but she did. “No matter how responsible we are, that could also happen to us,” Carol says.

That’s why Maris Grove’s 90% refundable entrance deposit and home for life promise also influenced their thinking. If through no fault of their own the Broadricks exhaust their financial resources, the community’s resident care fund will let them continue living at Maris Grove among their friends (Maris Grove’s Residence and Care Agreement has all the details).

Friends around every corner

They moved into the community’s new neighborhood, Redwood Commons, as part of a large group of new neighbors all looking to make new friends.

“In everything you do here, you make friends,” says Carol. “You meet people in the elevator and start a conversation. If you look lost, people ask if they can help. And dinners in Maris Grove’s restaurants are big social events.”

The couple spends time in every neighborhood pursuing individual interests. Together, they square dance.

“Maris Grove is even better than I thought,” Carol says. “It’s normal life, but with less work and more time to enjoy yourself.”

“And it gets better every day,” adds John.

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