A modern kitchen with granite countertops and a tile backsplash.

Devonshire staff and residents make the best of a challenging situation

“Across our family of communities, residents and staff are taking extraordinary steps to protect the health and safety of our loved ones, friends, neighbors, and caregivers,” says Erickson Living CEO R. Alan Butler, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Every month, Devonshire’s resident jazz ensemble plays in the lounge. Here, neighbors are seen sitting at tables, watching their friends perform.

According to a recent study by the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging and Northwestern University, “Those who live in continuing care retirement communities have greater levels of wellness than older adults in home-based settings due to the abundance of social interaction.” 

Devonshire's outdoor signage is flanked by beautiful Florida foliage, with lush bushes and long palm fronds.

Spring is one of the busiest times of the year at Devonshire, an Erickson Living-managed community at PGA National. Numerous people visit the campus eager to learn how they can plan, prepare, or expedite a move to the sought-after community. 

Amy Spiegel, activities assistant at Devonshire at PGA National, smiles here from a beautiful Florida landscape scene.

Supporting others is an important life goal for Devonshire Activities Assistant Amy Spiegel. Moving to southern Florida from Connecticut in 2005, she worked in the event industry before accepting the position at Devonshire at PGA National.

Manju Sethi (left) and Nina Geilich enjoy a game of golf together. Nina started a women’s golf group soon after she moved to Devonshire at PGA National.

According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, “The number of women playing golf has grown approximately 7% over the past six years.” A group of female golfers at Devonshire, an Erickson Living-managed community at PGA National, are doing their part to keep the numbers in their favor.

Longtime friends Nancy DeSantis (left) and Shirley Alley enjoy the many entertainment options available to them as members of the Devonshire community.

According to a recent study of more than 200 seniors and published in the Annals of Family Medicine, “Social contact may be as effective as physical activity in improving mood and quality of life.” The study goes on to report that “social participation and social support networks are paramount to long-term positive outcomes and psychological well-being for older people.”

Devonshire community member Peggy Wicks was thrilled that her Dalton apartment home accommodated her beloved wall cabinet. Working with the design center, Peggy customized her porch, enclosing it into a beautiful sunroom, right off her kitchen.

"I love living in my Dalton apartment home,” says Devonshire community member Peggy Wicks, who moved to the Erickson Living-managed community at PGA National in January 2018. 

Within days of her move to Devonshire, Sara Gordon was enjoying water aerobics in Devonshire’s newly renovated pool. “It’s been wonderful,” she says.

As the clock struck midnight and the world ushered in a New Year, Sara Gordon rejoiced for the new life she recently began at Devonshire, an Erickson Living-managed community at PGA National.

Last January, and recently widowed, Sara was living in her home of the last 20 years in Palm Beach Garden’s Eastpointe community.

Nancy DeSantis sits at her late husband’s college writing desk. “It’s important to make room for the things you treasure,” she says.

"It’s funny how life happens,” says Nancy DeSantis, a community member at Devonshire, an Erickson Living-managed community at PGA National. “I thought about moving to the community for about a year before my first appointment.