Strong family ties at Maris Grove

Tight-knit siblings love living close to each other at the active senior living community

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April 29th, 2019
Siblings Barbara Miller and Robert L. Krause, M.D., enjoy getting together for activities and meals at Maris Grove, where they both live.

Siblings Barbara Miller and Robert L. Krause, M.D., enjoy getting together for activities and meals at Maris Grove, where they both live.

For brother and sister Barbara Miller and Robert L. Krause, M.D., moving to Maris Grove, an Erickson Living community in Delaware County, Pa., has helped them keep their loving sibling relationship strong.

Krause, a former chief of cardiology at Frankford Hospital, and his wife Marilyn, a retired pediatrician, moved to Maris Grove first. He knew about the vibrant lifestyle from his aunt and uncle who lived at Brooksby Village, an Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass.

Barbara, a widow after 50 years of marriage to her husband Gary, decided to move from her home in Lower Merion a short time later.

Barbara and Robert are thrilled to be living close to each other again. Before retirement, they use to work together when Barbara managed her brother’s cardiology office for 25 years.

“We love having family members come together at Maris Grove,” says Executive Director Maureen Heckler. “It adds to our family atmosphere on campus and truly makes Maris Grove a great place to live.”

No sibling rivalry here

Barbara and her brother often meet up for activities and events at the community as well as for dinner or Sunday brunch at one of the six on-site restaurants.

“Maris Grove provides so many cultural activities, from live theater performances, movies, and lectures to all religious services,” says Barbara. They both enjoy being members of the Ping-Pong Club. Barbara, an avid gardener, also has her own garden patch at the community garden and looks forward to planting flowers and vegetables in the spring.

When Barbara and Robert each moved, they were able to choose from a variety of beautiful floor plans. “The apartment choices are many, and the views from most homes are of gardens and trees, sunsets, and patios,” says Barbara. “I’m thrilled with my two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home with nine-foot-high ceilings and a screened-in patio, where I was able to bring my piano and a swing from my back yard at home.”

Both siblings agree that Maris Grove is an outstanding place to live with employees who really care about the people who live there. “From the maintenance people to the young servers in the restaurants, from the decorating department who helped us settle in and make decisions to the administrative staff, from the people who work at the gate to the people who work in the clubhouses—all are caring folks who keep us content.

“We couldn’t be happier,” Barbara says.

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