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.
Join the list
Priority list members at Seabrook, an Erickson Senior Living community in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, 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 eligible for the privileges afforded to members of the club.”
Priority list privileges
Priority list members can reserve a specific apartment home design before members of the public. For anyone who has a strong preference for a particular model, an early spot on the priority list can make all the difference. Priority list members also receive invitations to special events and they are the first to receive community news and updates.
“My husband and I attended a sales event here at Seabrook and joined the priority list to plan for the future,” says resident Maureen Sullivan. “As members, we attended informational sessions about downsizing, customized floor plans, and other aspects of the move that made the whole process a lot less stressful.”
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 priority list members are not necessarily ready to move immediately. They may be waiting for a specific apartment home design that isn't available yet or they may be waiting for the right time to move,” says Baksa. “We can help members with whatever challenges they’re faced with as they start to think about transitioning from a house to an apartment home.”
Live the Life
Priority list members also have a unique opportunity to “test-drive” retirement living through Seabrook’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 interests of the priority list member. 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.”
“The priority list offers the opportunity to plan for the future, even when you might not know exactly what you want yet,” adds Sales Director Dan Simms. “As a member, you get multiple opportunities to come to campus and see different floor plan designs and narrow down your choices. With the Live the Life program, you can get a preview of life here at Seabrook without a commitment to moving."
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. 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 Seabrook.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of the priority list at Seabrook, request more information today.