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Questions asked, Questions answered

Home Resource Expo draws crowd

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June 23rd, 2014
residents at a home expo

Creek’s recent Home Resource Expo, held in late April, was everything and more than you ever wanted to know about downsizing, moving, and enjoying a vibrant retirement lifestyle. About 200 guests attended the over-the-top informational gathering sponsored by the Tallgrass Creek sales team.  

“Our guests were amazed to find so many resources and professionals gathered together in one place that could answer all their questions about downsizing and retirement living,” says Judy Baxter, sales counselor and personal moving consultant. “Many guests mentioned that the expo saved them countless hours and phone calls.” 

The Home Resource Expo took place in the community’s clubhouse and Blue Sky Restaurant. It showcased multiple booths where guests learned about real estate trends, packing and moving, interior design, antique and art appraisal, downsizing and organizing, and technology capability. The expo’s guests were even encouraged to start the moving process by bringing unwanted household items they wished to donate as well as outdated electronics and old paperwork that required shredding. 

Informational seminars took place throughout the day that covered Tallgrass Creek’s realty and moving services, tips for a stress-free downsizing experience, financial planning for retirement, and properly pricing and selling a home. A resident panel was also available to answer questions and share what life at Tallgrass Creek is like. 

“We left with our many questions answered,” says Jan Frye who, along with husband Bud, is a priority list member. “I even brought a couple of small items, and the antiques appraisal person gave me an on-the-spot appraisal.” 

Easy living on display

The expo’s attendees were invited to tour apartments and share a close-up view of the many services available right on the community’s spacious campus, such as the fitness center, salon and day spa, housekeeping, resident garden, Market Place Coffee Shop, and more. Additionally, Tallgrass Creek residents shared information about the community’s more than 60 clubs and activities. 

Residents Bunny Brown and Fran Wolfe, who oversee the community’s charitable efforts, shared details about the active committee’s year-round donation drives, providing cookies for the homeless and blankets for disadvantaged children, among other commitments. 

“People were very surprised at the different things we do for charity, especially our monthly cookie baking for the homeless,” says Fran. “We told them to be sure to bring their cookie sheets when they move.” 

A mouthwatering break

Guests strolled from booth to booth and took breaks from the informative gathering to enjoy a buffet of fresh fruits, crudités and creamy dip, cheese and olive trays, chicken-veggie rollups, burger sliders, Chinese slaw, tarts, cakes, mini chocolate mousses, and other desserts. 

Like all food served at Tallgrass Creek, the refreshments were prepared by Tallgrass Creek chefs in the community’s kitchen and served by its professional dining staff. 

New additions

Visitors were eager to hear about Tallgrass Creek’s newest independent living residence building, Meadowlark Terrace, scheduled to open later this year. Meadowlark Terrace will add an additional 87 open, airy apartments that include ten brand-new floor plans as well as several popular floor plans sold out elsewhere on the campus. The apartments will offer custom finishes, granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances. 

“The response to Meadowlark has been tremendous,” says Baxter. “Visitors are so impressed with our open, modern community and always comment on the friendliness of residents and staff.” 

Guests also learned about Tallgrass Creek’s new, state-of-the-art continuing care neighborhood, which opened its doors in late 2013. The neighborhood offers 28 private assisted living apartments. The remainder of the neighborhood opened in the spring with 28 private memory care apartments and 44 post-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care suites. 

First impressions

Jan and Bob Mueller, who moved to Tallgrass Creek in March, attended the Home Resource Expo. First impression of their new home? 

“We are so impressed with everything, from the physical location of Tallgrass Creek to the ease and friendliness of the residents and staff to the food and different activities,” says Bob. “This has been just a great decision for us.”


What is the priority list?

Prospective residents can reserve an apartment home by joining Tallgrass Creek’s priority list, which is comprised of people who plan to move to the Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kans. All it takes is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person, nonrefundable application fee.

When prospective residents submit their deposit, that date is noted as their priority list date. Once their preferred floor plan becomes available, the sales team gives first right of refusal to priority list members based on their joining date.