People tend to equate retirement planning with financial planning. While having the financial resources to maintain a good lifestyle is critically important, there is much more to successful retirement planning than just having money in the bank.
A good retirement plan should also include an assessment of your goals and interests. How do you envision your retirement lifestyle? Where will you live?
Studies show that a retirement lifestyle that includes community engagement, strong social ties, and physical activity contributes to greater happiness and better overall health and resilience.
The right community can enhance your lifestyle, so it’s important to explore your options.
Erickson Senior Living, a nationally recognized leader in continuing care retirement communities, gives prospective residents a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the active, worry-free lifestyle through each community’s priority list program.
Priority list members experience the community’s lifestyle at their own pace and on their own schedule.
“Joining the priority list is an opportunity to enjoy and engage with the community, which regular visitors don’t get to do,” says Sharon Baksa, a director at Erickson Senior Living. “This is not just a waiting list. This is like a club that entitles you to privileges. Members enjoy dining in our restaurants, attending special events, and getting to know the staff and residents. We celebrate the fact that you are a priority list member, and you are entitled to the privileges afforded to members of the club.”
Priority list privileges
Priority list members can reserve a specific apartment model home before members of the public. For anyone who has a strong preference for a particular model home, an early spot on the list can make all the difference.
Priority list members also receive invitations to special events, seminars, and parties, and they are the first to receive community news and updates.
Ellen Ross moved to Charlestown in 2019 from Pasadena, Md.
“I was on the priority list for more than 10 years,” says Ellen. “I always knew about Charlestown and I thought it sounded like a great place to live. I joined the priority list and came to all of the luncheons and events, because I wanted to see as many different apartment homes as I could.”
“Each time I visited, I learned something new,” adds Ellen. “After touring several different apartment home sizes, I determined that the one-bedroom was what I wanted. Because I was on the priority list, when I moved to Charlestown, I was confident I had made the right choice.”
Move with ease
Another exclusive benefit of joining the priority list is access to the Erickson Realty and Moving Services program.
“There are so many benefits to joining the priority list,” says Sales Director Matt Dougherty. “As a priority list member, you gain access to Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a special program that includes moving companies, downsizing experts, and help from our Personal Moving Consultant Vera Ballard. She provides complimentary coordination of these services and helps you begin the process of downsizing and space planning for your new home at Charlestown.”
From recommending a trusted real estate agent to sell your current home to advice on decorating your new apartment, Erickson Realty and Moving Services staff help priority list members have a stress-free move every step of the way.
“People sometimes think the Erickson Realty and Moving Services program is only for people who are about to move, but priority list members are not necessarily ready to move immediately. They may be waiting for a specific apartment home design that we don’t have available yet or they may be just waiting for when the time is right for them to move,” says Baksa.
“People who join the priority list should know that we can help them with whatever challenges they’re faced with as they start to think about transitioning from a house to an apartment home. Whether they are moving now or next year, we can help.”
Live the Life
Priority list members also have a unique opportunity to “test-drive” retirement living through Charlestown’s Live the Life program.
“Live the Life is a complimentary overnight experience customized for each priority list member,” says Brian Hance, a senior director at Erickson Senior Living. “We tailor each itinerary to the member's interests. Those who are interested in the cuisine will want to experience a few of the restaurants, others want to try a fitness center class. It’s a chance to get to know the layout, talk with residents, and spend time in an apartment home.”
Your journey begins with a $1,000 priority list deposit, which is applied to the apartment home you choose or fully refundable should you decide to change your priority status, and a nonrefundable $150 application fee per person.
Joining the priority list is a commitment-free and financially sound way for prospective residents to see for themselves the benefits and amenities that come with living at Charlestown.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of the priority list at Charlestown, request more information today!