Planning for retirement and financial planning often go hand-in-hand. While having the financial resources to maintain a comfortable lifestyle is critically important, there is much more to successful retirement planning than just having money in the bank.
A solid 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 customizable priority list program.
Join the list
At Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Senior Living community in Overland Park, Kans., priority list members experience the 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. The priority list is like a club that entitles you to privileges. Members enjoy dining in our high-quality restaurants, attending special informational 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 list can make all the difference.
“Getting on the priority list is the best way to get what you want, when you want it,” explains Sales Director Blake Marshall. “It is the most proactive way to plan for your future.”
Priority list members also receive invitations to special events, seminars, and social occasions, and are the first to receive community news and updates.
They did their research
Resident Jan Meyer notes that she and her husband researched a number of senior living communities in the area before deciding on Tallgrass Creek. They joined the priority list while their residence building was still under construction.
“Because of that, we were able to get the exact floor plan and location we wanted,” she says. “We were looking for an east-facing apartment home, because I’m a morning person—I like to watch the sun rise.”
Jan also appreciated the opportunity to choose finishes to customize their new home. She continues, “It was really a no-lose situation, because if we had decided not to move here, we would have gotten our deposit back. The priority list is a real plus!”
Erickson Realty and Moving Services
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 priority list 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 Tallgrass Creek’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 their new apartment home.”
“This program really is the best way to ‘try before you buy,’” adds Sales Associate Hannah Duncan. “People have the opportunity to see what life is like at Tallgrass Creek through our events, but with this program, they actually experience it.”
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 Tallgrass Creek.
The first step to enjoying maintenance-free retirement living at Tallgrass Creek is to request a brochure.