Experience Greenspring for a night or two

Live the Life suite offers a firsthand look at community life

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January 27th, 2020
As priority list members, John and Sue Huppert took full advantage of the opportunity to live on campus for two nights in Greenspring’s Live the Life suite.

As priority list members, John and Sue Huppert took full advantage of the opportunity to live on campus for two nights in Greenspring’s Live the Life suite. 

Living in their Franconia, Va., home for more than 35 years, John and Sue Huppert were familiar with Greenspring, an Erickson Living-managed community in Springfield. The couple had friends already living at the community, and Sue visited often in her former position as a Fairfax County social worker. 

“About a year ago, we joined the priority list and began receiving invitations to a variety of member events,” says John. “At one of the luncheons, we learned about the Live the Life suite.” 

As one of the many benefits of priority list membership, the Live the Life suite provides members the opportunity to live on campus for a designated period of time. During their stay, guests enjoy access to the same amenities and services as current Greenspring residents. They are encouraged to select activities that interest them and perhaps attend a club meeting, join residents for dinner, relax at the salon and spa, see a show, or work out in the fitness center.

“Because moving to a retirement community is a major decision, we were grateful for the opportunity to stay on campus, speak to community members, and get a feel for real life,” says John. “Our stay solidified our decision.” 

A day in the life

Guests of Greenspring’s Live the Life suite are given the option of staying one or two nights at the community. 

The Hupperts opted for the one-night stay, just the right amount of time to connect with familiar faces while also meeting new friends.

“As soon as we arrived, we were greeted warmly and escorted to the suite and given a booklet listing all the many activities going on that day,” says Sue. 

After settling in, the Hupperts met two resident couples with whom they enjoyed lunch.

“They went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and answer our questions,” says John. “They even showed us their apartment homes and gave us a tour of the chapel. To be honest, I arrived with the intent on finding the disgruntled and randomly asked people what they liked or didn’t like about living at Greenspring. Everyone I spoke with had positive, nice things to say.”

Making the dream a reality

Following their stay, the Hupperts decided to move to Greenspring sooner rather than later. They reserved the extra-large, two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath Hastings apartment home. Based on the advice they received from community members during their visit, the couple reached out to Personal Moving Consultant Lauren Askey for help preparing for their move.

“Lauren came to our house twice with suggestions to help us sell our house,” says John. “She also brought a diagram of our apartment home, which we used to space plan, laying out all our furniture. That really helped us see how things would work once we arrived. She also provided us with a list of preferred real estate agents, movers, downsizing experts, and packers.”

In October 2019, the Hupperts officially became Greenspring community members. 

“We are very pleased with our decision,” says Sue. “It is really nice not to have to do yardwork, shovel snow, or cook. Everyone is so friendly, and there is lots to do. We also continue to enjoy many of the activities within the local community that we did before our move.”

In addition, the couple continues to fill their calendar with new Greenspring activities, including lectures and dinners with friends. Their three-year-old grandson Logan also enjoys visiting often.

“He likes to feed the fish in the pond and loves to look at all the displays outside people’s homes,” says John. 

With the new year in front of the them, the couple looks forward to meeting new friends and embarking on new experiences. 

“Staying in the Live the Life suite was a wonderful opportunity and very helpful to us as we were making the decision to move,” says John. “I liken the experience to high school seniors looking at colleges. There’s a certain excitement that goes along with the adventure of moving and embarking on a new phase of life. I highly recommend the experience.”