Wind Crest
Fern Bechtel and her dog Razzie live at Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Fern Bechtel knows just about everyone at Wind Crest, including her three best friends. That’s because she’s convinced more than a half dozen people to join her at the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., since she moved there in November 2014.

Wanda M. Boucher is an account manager with Let’s Move, LLC, a senior move management firm.

For many people, when the time comes to make the move from their home of 40 or more years to a retirement community, they often turn to well-intenioned family members who have offered their support with downsizing, packing, and moving.

Ann's Choice
Ann's Choice resident Ron Streeper with family at Sunday brunch on campus.

When Ron Streeper decided to move from Huntingdon Valley, Pa., to Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., he expected a long wait for his chosen floor plan to become available and ample time to downsize from a 60-year accumulation of belongings.

Tallgrass Creek
Karen Cox in her Tallgrass Creek apartment home.

When Karen Cox was preparing to move to Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living community located in Overland Park, Kans., she had some concerns.

“I had several, antique pieces of furniture that have been in my family for a long time and mean a lot to me,” says Karen, who moved from nearby Leawood. “I definitely wanted them in my new home and was worried they wouldn’t fit.” 

Riderwood
Riderwood residents Allen and Natalie Slutsky

“I have never had something so easy in my entire life.” That’s how Natalie Slutsky describes her recent move to Riderwood.

Greenspring resident Ron Torezan

Tired of taking care of a large yard and fearing unpredictable home repairs and maintenance, Ron and Linda Torezan decided to move from their single-family house in Annandale, Va., to Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va.

Wanda Boucher of Let’s Move, LLC

As human beings, we all have a tendency to become complacent. We settle into a particular way of doing things that is comfortable and routine. And nonthreatening. 

Maris Grove resident in fitness center

Rosemary and Henry Siegel’s move from Media, Pa., to Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community nearby in Delaware County, was nearly stress-free.

Eagle's Trace resident

Elizabeth Steve purchased her second-floor condo in 1981 when a job opportunity brought her to Houston, Tex. 

“It was my home for 34 years, but the stairs to the second floor were getting trickier,” she says. “My friends were urging me to move.”