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Welcome, neighbors

New residents settle in at Tallgrass Creek

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February 19th, 2018
(From left) Tallgrass Creek neighbors Linda Schur, Imogene Player, Nancy Bird, Bill and Amy Case, and Mary Jo Ely mingle at a new resident orientation.

Tallgrass Creek neighbors mingle at a new resident orientation.

New neighbors at Tallgrass Creek are feeling right at home thanks to the warm welcome they continue to receive from both residents and staff.

Many new community members are settling into Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s recently completed new residence building. Others have chosen homes at Bluebird Crossing, Redtail View, or Meadowlark Terrace, other residence buildings at the Overland Park, Kans., Erickson Living community.

“Everyone is very welcoming and friendly,” says Nancy Bird who moved with husband Ray to Hummingbird Square from Rochester, N.Y. “It’s made the move easier.”

Residents enjoy the on-site restaurants, all-season pool, fitness center, resident-run clubs and activities, a medical center staffed with full-time physicians, 24-hour security, shuttle transportation, and full continuum of care if health needs change.

Getting to know you

Tallgrass Creek’s management team hosts frequent new resident orientations where, over coffee and biscotti, people learn all about their new home. The executive team discusses areas of management such as human resources, finance, sales, on-site medical offerings, dining services, and resident life.

The orientations also include conversations with representatives from Tallgrass Creek’s Resident Advisory Committee (RAC), a group of elected residents who communicate issues and suggestions from neighbors to Tallgrass Creek’s management team.

The RAC recently started the New Residents Club, which offers membership to new residents during their first 12 months at Tallgrass Creek.

Members of the New Residents Club are all invited to monthly wine-and-cheese or coffee-and-donut gatherings to meet and mingle. Guests also include an executive team member who answers questions about his or her particular area of management.

Also on hand at the get-togethers is a representative from one of the resident-driven committees, who answers questions about that particular committee’s activities. Tallgrass Creek boasts more than 65 resident-driven activities and committees, which cover everything from learning opportunities to gardening, art lessons, and physical fitness.      

“It’s just one more way to connect with other new residents and Tallgrass Creek’s management team,” says Linda Schur, RAC vice chairman. “We’ve had a lot of fun, and our new neighbors really enjoy getting together.”

The RAC also sponsored an information desk for several weeks as new residents were moving to Hummingbird Square. Volunteers staffed the desk so newcomers could ask questions, directions, or just chat.

“We want everyone to feel welcome and have a place where they can get answers or just relax from moving,” says Linda.

Warm hospitality

Tallgrass Creek’s hospitality committee also does its part to welcome new neighbors. The 29-member committee chaired by Marvelee Converse has been very busy with the opening of Hummingbird Square.

“We averaged ten move-ins a week for the first eight weeks Hummingbird Square was open,” says Marvelee. “We typically visit each new resident to review resident-run activities, answer questions, and make sure our contact information is available.”

Committee members also offer to schedule lunch or dinner with new neighbors and invite them to be introduced at the all-resident birthday party held monthly in the Sunflower Bistro. Additionally, the active committee sends birthday cards to each Tallgrass Creek resident.

“It’s been interesting and fun,” says Marvelee. “Every time I’ve asked someone to help, they’ve always said yes. Everyone has pitched in to welcome our newest neighbors.”