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Experience Seabrook

Try out your next home before you commit

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July 10th, 2017
Priority list members who take advantage of Seabrook’s Live the Life program work closely with Sales Associate Carol Warren to plan their stay—whether overnight or for a day.

Priority list members who take advantage of Seabrook’s Live the Life program work closely with Sales Associate Carol Warren to plan their stay—whether overnight or for a day.

When Anita McFarlane moved from her home at Leisure World in Silver Spring, Md., to Seabrook, an Erickson Living community near the sea in Tinton Falls, N.J., she knew exactly what to expect. 

As an Erickson Living priority list member, Anita had twice taken advantage of Seabrook’s Live the Life program and stayed overnight in its comfortable and decorated guest suites. She got a feel for the food, the people, and the activities.

“I felt very comfortable. People reached out to me; residents were very friendly,” she says. “Josephine, president of the Italian-American Club, adopted me, so to speak. I went to the meeting the following day.”

Experience Seabrook

Sales Associate Carol Warren heads up Seabrook’s Live the Life program, which enables priority list members to experience a day and/or night at the community. Programs like this are just an example of the many benefits of the priority list, a waiting list to reserve a home at Seabrook. 

Members receive exclusive invitations to luncheons and special events. They’re the first to learn of any new information, including apartment home availability, services, interior options, and new construction. And they get to spend a night at the community enjoying complimentary meals and opportunities to join activities and use all the amenities. 

“Our number-one priority is to make people feel comfortable about moving to Seabrook. If they want to come often, not just to events but to bridge club or lunch or an aqua aerobics class, we can set that up,” Warren says.

Should a priority list member want to schedule a day or night stay, Warren spends time talking about their interests. Then she fits them with coordinating activities they can participate in during their stay. “This could be a swim in the pool, joining a group, or seeing a performance in our theater,” she says.

Next, she pairs them with a resident ambassador—their host for the day and another host for the evening if they are spending the night in one of Seabrook’s guest apartments. 

“Through these connections, they’re meeting a lot of different people and hopefully getting an accurate idea of what life would be like should they decide to reserve an apartment home,” Warren says.

Since Anita was moving from about three hours away, an overnight stay made sense. She was able to experience Seabrook at all times of day, make friends, and get involved in clubs before she even moved in.

“I got everything in that I could possibly do in that timeframe. You could do one thing or the other, and I don’t know how to express it, but I just felt very comfortable. Everyone was very friendly,” she says of her visit.

Familiar territory

Anita also visited Riderwood, Seabrook’s sister community in Silver Spring, a few times and had planned to relocate there until her daughter moved to Red Bank. “I feel like I’m so familiar with Seabrook because it’s similar to Riderwood,” Anita says.

She chose Erickson Living for its maintenance-free and inclusive lifestyle. All utilities, a flexible meal plan, property taxes, and round-the-clock security and home maintenance are included in an affordable fixed monthly fee, which also includes secure Wi-Fi, and each apartment home has ready access to the Internet. 

The community’s on-site medical center, pharmacy, and continuing care neighborhood (including rehabilitation, skilled nursing, memory care, and long-term care), as well as the fitness and aquatics center, help residents stay healthy and independent longer. 

“[Seabrook] is a package deal. Everything is here that you could possibly need. Everything is close by,” Anita says.

More room for living

Anita moved April 12, just in time to see the campus in bloom and abuzz with activity. 

She had planned on getting involved with clubs that might interest her. As a Kiwanian, she plans on continuing to do service projects in and around the community.  

By now, she’s settling in nicely to her one-bedroom, one-bath, Brighton-style apartment home, which she chose for its eat-in kitchen and bay window. 

“I’m pleased with the model. Even though it’s one bedroom, it feels large and spacious,” she says.

At Leisure World, she lived in a large two-bedroom home with two full baths, a den, and a balcony. But, “I don’t need all that space anymore,” she says.

Now, instead of caring for wasted space that collects clutter, she’s made more room for living in her life.

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