Bob and Marie Clark take a break from ballroom dancing and other artistic activities they’re engaged in at Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va.

“Leaving a house where you’ve lived for more than 20 years is a difficult undertaking, but the help Ann Greves, Greenspring’s personal moving consultant, provides is indispensable,” says Bob Clark who moved last October with his wife Marie from their house in Mount Vernon to Greenspring in Springfield, Va.

Continuing Care Program Director Renee Budd (center) works with student volunteers to decorate for the Downton Abbey-themed tea party.

Recently, volunteers at Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va., joined forces with local high school students to host a formal Downton Abbey-themed tea party for more than 70 residents of Garden Ridge, Greenspring’s continuing care community.

Greenspring Wellness Manager Bradley Hibbs and George Washington of the Nationals Racing Presidents welcome priority list members to the home expo.

The Greenspring priority list offers the hottest ticket in town: a future home at the sought-after Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va. Membership certainly has its privileges, including invitations to special events designed specifically for the community’s future residents.

Flags hang from the ceiling of a hall where Greenspring community members celebrate Diversity Day.

One of the biggest benefits of living at Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va., is the number of opportunities for social interaction, including dining with neighbors, participating in clubs and activities, and volunteering.

Crestwood Elementary school staff and students join Greenspring volunteers in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Recently, generous Greenspring residents, led by the community’s Catholic Council, raised more than $2,000 to provide 660 grade-appropriate books to students at Crestwood Elementary School.

Greenspring volunteers who were awarded gold Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for providing 500 or more hours of volunteer time in 2016.

According to the Independent Sector, a national organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good, the estimated value of volunteers’ time is $23.56 per hour. 

Greenspring priority list members and their families enjoy the opportunity to meet with community members and staff like Personal Moving Consultant Anna Greves (center) at special events throughout the year.

According to Stella Henry, R.N., author of The Eldercare Handbook, “Moving elderly parents is probably one of the hardest decisions a child will ever have to make.” However, parents who plan ahead and make their own decisions for the future give their children and other loved ones an immeasurable gift. 

“Moving to Greenspring sooner rather than later just makes good, financial sense,” says Greenspring community member Sharon Featherstone.

Two impressionistic landscape paintings by Greenspring community members.