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 planned experiences, including activities and dining, 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 an available apartment before members of the public. For anyone who has a strong preference for a particular home style, an early spot on the list can make all the difference.
“Over the last year, we’ve experienced a record number of requests from people who are ready to move to Devonshire as quickly as possible,” says Sales Director Christine Hansen.
“Many of the people we talk with are eager to take advantage of the strong real estate market to sell their houses now. Because we always offer available apartment homes to priority list members first, it’s important to join the list sooner than later.”
Priority list members receive invitations to special events, seminars, and parties, and are the first to receive community news and updates.
Elena Portoles moved to Devonshire from Northern Virginia.
“I was very familiar with Erickson Senior Living,” says Elena. “I helped my father move to Greenspring [in Springfield, Va.] in 2004. In recent years, I witnessed many friends move to nearby Ashby Ponds [in Ashburn, Va.] For me, I wanted warmer weather, so I scheduled a visit to Devonshire [in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.]”
Elena adds, “I immediately liked what I saw. Everything was so pretty—the architecture was beautiful. And everyone was open and friendly. I joined the priority list and very quickly began preparing for my move south.”
Move with ease
Another exclusive benefit of joining the priority list is access to the Erickson Realty and Moving Services program.
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 not all priority list members are necessarily ready to move immediately. They may be waiting for a specific apartment home design that isn't 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 any 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.”
Enjoy a visit
Priority list members also have the unique opportunity to visit Devonshire through “planned experiences,” which can include a bridge game or other activity, as well as a dinner at one of the five on-site restaurants, hosted by members of the sales team and a resident ambassador.
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 community members to see for themselves the benefits and amenities that come with living at Devonshire.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of the priority list at Devonshire, request more information today!