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Guests enjoy Tallgrass Creek hospitality

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June 28th, 2016
Helping out at Tallgrass Creek’s Home Resources Expo were (from left) resident Karen Saxon; Linda Scardino, an Erickson Living-recommended downsizing professional; Elaine Bahr, Tallgrass Creek’s sales counselor; and resident Phyllis McCalmon.

Helping out at Tallgrass Creek’s Home Resources Expo were (from left) resident Karen Saxon; Linda Scardino, an Erickson Living-recommended downsizing professional; Elaine Bahr, Tallgrass Creek’s sales counselor; and resident Phyllis McCalmon.

Earlier this year, about 85 guests who attended Tallgrass Creek’s annual Home Resources Expo found out everything they wanted to know about life at the Erickson Living community located in Overland Park, Kans. 

Visitors entered the community’s spacious living room where professionals greeted them and dispensed pertinent information about all aspects of downsizing and moving. 

Among other things, guests learned that regardless of style or budget, residents at Tallgrass Creek can choose customized finishes and services ranging from consultation to design and installation. 

Facility Coordinator Kelsey Ainsworth enjoyed showing an array of choices for countertops (including granite), carpet, flooring, appliances, and paint colors—all available for Tallgrass Creek apartment homes. 

“Visitors are impressed to see how customized and upscale our homes are,” says Ainsworth. “It’s a fun part of my job to show how each home reflects its owner’s unique style and personality.”

Downsizing made easier

Guests also heard about Erickson Realty and Moving Services, the community’s complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs that assists with downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of real estate professionals. 

One such company is Gentle Changes, managed by Linda Scardino. Scardino has assisted many residents as they prepare for a move to Tallgrass Creek. 

Scardino’s style is efficient and comforting as she helps future residents sift through kitchens, basements, closets, furniture, and belongings. Scardino arrives at one’s current home with new floor plan in hand so she can determine how the most meaningful and important pieces can work at Tallgrass Creek. 

“Linda was a godsend,” says Dee McCurdy, who moved to Tallgrass Creek from a six-bedroom house she and her late husband Marv lived in for years. “She’s organized, thoughtful, and knows how emotionally difficult it can be to go through your things and decide what to keep.” 

Interactive seminars 

Guests were also invited to a financial seminar conducted by Sales Director Blake Marshall. He discussed the financial logistics of a move as well as the community’s priority list, which is comprised of those planning a move to an Erickson Living community. 

Priority list members submit a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and $150-per-person, nonrefundable application fee. 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.

Guests attended another seminar conducted by Personal Moving Consultant Nancy Worthington, who discussed how Erickson Living-recommended real estate agents, who also attended the expo, can help with selling a home for a good price. 

She discussed all of the recommended services and vendors and answered guests’ many questions. 

Taste of Tallgrass

Our dining services team did their part to entertain Tallgrass Creek guests who attended the spring expo. Chef Matt Chatfield and his staff prepared mounds of fruit and veggies with delicious dips, beef tenderloin sliders with horseradish sauce, chicken satay skewers with peanut sauce, shrimp shooters in cocktail sauce, chocolate mousse bites, and mini fruit tarts. 

“We never want anyone to go away hungry,” says Marshall. “It’s one more way visitors can see and taste for themselves what goes on at this wonderful community.”

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