Conversation with a (Future) Hidden Springs Resident: Dr. Larry Fane, Retired Regional Chair of Pediatrics, Texas A&M Health Science Center – Round Rock

Jan 14, 2020

What makes a true community? According to Dr. Larry Fane, a Retired Regional Chair of Pediatrics, Texas A&M Health Science Center – Round Rock – and future resident of Hidden Springs – it’s the people you can call friends.

“You want to find yourself among interesting people and build friendships with them,” says Dr. Fane. “You want a chance to have conversations and connections with people. Hidden Springs provides that.”

According to Doris Lea, Executive Director of Hidden Springs of McKinney, the people who will live at Hidden Springs are what makes the all-inclusive luxury retirement community a standout in the North Dallas Area. “Besides our active lifestyle, in-house healthcare, beautiful apartments and attentive service, the people who choose to make Hidden Springs their home are amazing, intelligent and interesting individuals. We’re honored that individuals like Dr. Fane have chosen us as their home for this exciting new phase of their lives and are looking forward to making our community a standout for North Dallas seniors.”

So why have individuals like Dr. Fane chosen to make our community their home? We sat down with the good doctor to learn more about his decision, his background and what he’s looking forward to in his senior years.

Hidden Springs: What did you do before you came to the McKinney area?

Dr. Fane: I grew up in small-town Iowa, and then went to the University of Iowa in Iowa City. I then did an internship in New York City at Bellevue, joined the Army and ended up stationed in El Paso, Texas. I retired from the Army as a colonel and became the regional chair of Pediatrics at Texas A&M at Round Rock.

HS: What brought you here?

DF: My son and his family live in McKinney. My young grandson had a lot of health issues and needed a liver transplant when he was just seven months old. I moved to McKinney to help the family out during the time of the surgeries. I’m happy to report that my grandson is now 21 months old and doing very well.

HS: How did you hear about Hidden Springs?

DF: I took a lot of walks when I first came to McKinney, and I ended up walking by the Hidden Springs site as construction was going on. The office at the Welcome Center was open, so I decided to stop in. Doris Lea was there, and I had a very informative chat with her about the property and what they would be offering.

HS: What made you start thinking about moving to a community like ours?

DF: It had been in the back of my mind for some time. My sister and her husband live in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Kansas, and I’d been to visit them there – I was really impressed with the amenities and the high-end feel of the place. I also started thinking about another family member of mine who has Alzheimer’s. The rest of the family is trying to figure out a place for him to go since his health is declining and he needs more assistance. It’s a tough choice finding the right fit, and doubly so because he needs to make a move and there’s a bit of a time crunch that comes with that.

I’m a widower, and my other kids live in Houston and Seattle. I started thinking about living by myself as I got older – if something happened to me, no one would be right there to help make the decision of when it was time to move into a community, or even where to go. This community is just a 15-minute walk from my other son and his family, which was a very attractive prospect. Plus, I’d come to realize that it’s a good idea to move to a CCRC while I’m still active and healthy so I can enjoy the lifestyle. Then, if I need care, it’s there for me without having to move to a new place.

HS: What impressed you about Hidden Springs as a community?

DF: After I’d decided I really wanted to consider moving to a community, I went to a Hidden Springs meeting about becoming a depositor. I was surprised with how many young, healthy people were there who have started planning for their future. It struck me as a very smart decision – start early, choose a place that supports what you like to do, who you like to be with and where you like to be. I knew that Hidden Springs was going to be a top-notch facility with high-end amenities, which was important to me as well.

Also, the depositors of Hidden Springs come from all walks of life. There are retired professors, doctors, military and airline personnel and so many more. Because there are so many different people living here, it’s easy to have conversations and make connections with people. And you can discuss a lot of things that don’t include politics! (laugh)

HS: Obviously, we’re not open yet, but have you had a chance to check out your apartment?

DF: I have, and I love it. The master suite has a sliding barn door to save space, and the closet has a pocket door for the same reason. The design is very sophisticated and has obviously been created to maximize the space for living. I really like the high-end finishes, too, like quartz countertops, state-of-the-art lighting, full-sized appliances and a washer and dryer en suite. Plus, the balcony is beautiful and has a wonderful view. It’s definitely a home I’ll be proud of and will be excited to show off to guests.

HS: What would you like to tell people about moving to a community like Hidden Springs? Is it something they should consider?

DF: Definitely. It’s a wonderful investment for your future and your senior years. By planning ahead, you can find a place that has kindred spirits so you can create friendships that will last for years to come. You’ll find your place among interesting people who are interested in you and excited to help you live this chapter of your life to the fullest. There’s more to living here than playing Bridge, and I’m really looking forward to this next phase of life.

For more information about our new community in North Dallas, please contact us at 972.483.0234.

Luxury Living in North Dallas

At Hidden Springs of McKinney, we understand how important location is to North Dallas seniors who are looking for an engaging, enriching retirement lifestyle. Located in McKinney, Texas, we are close to medical centers, arts and entertainment, outdoor opportunities and everything else you love about this area. Seniors who choose to make us their home can enjoy a range of trips, opportunities and activities while living their very best life thanks to our innovative focus on wellness.

Active Retirement Living for a Healthy Tomorrow

The secret to a life well lived awaits you at Hidden Springs of McKinney. Envisioned and developed by Madison Marquette, a company with a 25-year track record of investing in vibrant communities and a stellar reputation for developing luxury residences, you’ll discover all the possibilities your retirement brings … as well as the confidence of knowing your future is secure.

Our beautifully appointed, active retirement living community is created for those who expect more out of life. Luxury living, gracious services, resort-quality amenities, engaging programs and stunning apartments in 15 floor plans are just a few of the benefits awaiting you. And with assisted living and memory care services offered on campus, you can retire with complete peace of mind, knowing that if needs change, the care you deserve is right at home.

To learn more about Hidden Springs of McKinney and discover The Secret to a Life Well Lived, call or visit us today. We’d be happy to schedule a tour and show you just how much our location can make your retirement experience exceptional. Call us today at 972.483.0234.