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Seabrook stops at nothing to help people move home

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October 26th, 2010

When Seabrook Retirement Counselor Ruth Phillips approached Fran and Al Slatkin about converting two apartment homes into one to fit their needs, We jumped at it because we wanted to move there so badly, Mrs. Slatkin says.

No more waiting

The popular Tinton Falls retirement community has a priority, or waiting, list for people planning to move there. They pay a fully refundable deposit to join the list, and when the apartment home style they desire becomes available, they have the opportunity to move. The Slatkins, however, waited almost two years for the apartment home style of their choice to become available. We knew we wanted to live at Seabrook from the moment we saw it. We left a deposit on our first visit, Mrs. Slatkin says.

Inspired design

Phillips knew of their situation and wanted to solve it quickly. When two side-by-side apartment homes became available, she and her colleagues created a new layout, merging the two homes into one. They presented architectural drawings to the township for approval, and within six months the Slatkins moved into their new two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home. We have converted eight units since May 2006, Phillips says. All were reserved by people whose specific needs were familiar to me and who wanted to move here as soon as possible. The new layouts differ slightly from the traditional two-bedroom, two-bath apartment homes in the community. They provide more living and guest space and house side-by-side washer and drier units instead of the stacked version. We have all our conveniences; we love the layout and all the activities here, Mrs. Slatkin says. More importantly, they didn t have to wait any longer to enjoy it all.

Living life

Mrs. Slatkin brought her eclectic style from their house in Teaneck, N.J., to their new home at Seabrook. I brought my dining room table and chairs and an attach table, which we have in the dining area, she says. A sofa and bombay table adorn the living room, and the guest bedroom doubles as a den by housing their computers, desk, and a pullout couch for company. When they re not at home, they re out enjoying the reasons they moved to Seabrook: bridge, a class on Shakespeare, an art history series, and the Great Decisions group. They also travel and volunteer in the on-site TV studio. When we first visited, we figured there has to be a lot going on here, which is exactly what it s proved to be, Mrs. Slatkin says. You can be as busy or not as you want, and as independent or not as you want. Additionally, they love the security and convenience provided by the community. It s a very secure place to be, and you have everything you need a medical center, bank, transportation, she adds. It s wonderful having all these things here.