Professional Assistance Helps Clear Social Calendar for Retirement Community Residents
For both Charlie and Doris Bitterli, working at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory was the highlight of their career. Mr. Bitterli spent 41 years as a computer programmer in the lab. He laughs as he points out, “I loved my work. In fact, I didn’t want to retire.” Between stints as a teacher and a teacher’s aide in elementary schools, Mrs. Bitterli, who has a degree in education, worked at the Johns Hopkins lab putting together graphs of missile trails. She found the task to be a fascinating change from her work in the classroom.
The Bitterlis had been living in their family home in Ellicott City, MD for 46 years when they began to consider a move to a retirement community. “We were just a little tired of maintaining a home. All the responsibilities began to feel like too much, and we thought it was time to take life easy,” says Mr. Bitterli. Mrs. Bitterli adds, “We were ready to let someone else do the cooking too.”
After choosing Fairhaven, a continuing care retirement community in Sykesville, MD, the Bitterlis were ready for a move. They were not, however, ready to face sorting through and packing a house full of belongings. When staff members at Fairhaven recommended, Moving On, a local moving coordination firm, the Bitterlis decided to give them a call.
During the early stages of the moving process, advisors from Moving On came to the Bitterlis’ home and offered advice about what to take to the new home and what to give away, sell, or toss. Nancy Merritt, the president and founder of Moving On, then provided the couple with a moving calendar outlining all of the steps in the process. Staff members also gave the Bitterlis recommendations for moving, hauling, and auction companies.
Long before the actual moving day, the Bitterlis were able to select which belongings to take. “Nancy visited the new unit and measured everything to make sure the furniture would fit,” recalls Mr. Bitterli. The carefully selected items were already placed in the new home when the couple arrived. Mrs. Bitterli concludes, “We were really not involved too much in the move. They really took care of everything.”
Four months after the move, the Bitterlis are still discovering all that retirement has to offer. Life, they say, is “more relaxed,” but it has not changed that much. The couple continues to pursue their long-time interests. They have just added a few new activities to their schedule, including a new-found passion for water aerobics. Neither Charlie nor Doris had taken a water aerobics class before moving, but they now attend sessions four times a week. The Bitterlis, like so many before them, have discovered that moves often come with unforeseen opportunities.