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Experience Brooksby Village during a Live the Life overnight stay

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September 17th, 2018
Joan Hollister relaxes in her Brooksby Village apartment home with her dog Lily.

Joan Hollister relaxes in her Brooksby Village apartment home with her dog Lily. Before she moved, Joan took advantage of a Live the Life overnight stay to give her a sense of what life is like at the Peabody, Mass., Erickson Living community.

Moving is a major decision and choosing to move to a retirement community is no exception. So how can you be sure you’re making the right move?

With Brooksby Village’s Live the Life program, you can enjoy up to a two-night stay in one of the community’s guest suites, eat with residents in one of the five on-site restaurants, and visit any clubs or activities that interest you.

“The Live the Life experience is a great benefit of joining Brooksby’s priority list,” says Sales Director Suzanne Davis. “Live the Life gives you a glimpse of what life is like for our residents and can help as you decide if Brooksby is right for you.”

The Live the Life experience is complimentary for priority list members, those who have put down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve their place in line for the apartment home of their choice.

Once you’ve scheduled your Live the Life stay, Brooksby’s sales team will customize the experience to suit your preferences.

“We’ll match you up with resident ambassadors for meals, and we’ll arrange for you to visit any classes or activities of interest to you during your stay,” says Davis. “At night, you’ll enjoy all the comforts of our guest suite.”

Testing the waters

Joan Hollister had Brooksby Village on her mind for six years before she moved to the Peabody, Mass., community in ­December 2017.

“I have five children and feel very strongly that it’s important to have a plan so I don’t rely on them should I ever need additional care,” says Joan. “Continuing care options were at the top of my list when I thought about where I wanted to move.”

Joan also liked the diversity of people and offerings at Brooksby but was hesitant to leave her cozy home in Marblehead. Still, the possibility of a move never quite left her mind, and the more she considered the future, Joan realized it might be better to make a decision sooner rather than later.

“I wanted to be able to make friends and enjoy the amenities in my new community,” she says.

A member of Brooksby’s priority list, Joan scheduled a Live the Life overnight stay to try out the lifestyle at the Peabody community.

Ahead of her visit, Sales Associate Stefanie Graves arranged for Joan to have lunch and dinner with community members, so she would have the opportunity to ask questions and get honest feedback from those who were once in the same position.

“Both meals with residents were very relaxed,” says Joan. “The sales luncheons are helpful, no doubt, but this was an entirely different setting. I was free to ask any question I wanted and get genuine feedback from people who had been in the same situation I was in.”

Joan also used her Live the Life experience to explore Brooksby’s offerings. She toured the community’s continuing care neighborhood and took in a rehearsal of the Brooksby Singers.

“Music has always been a part of my life,” says Joan. “During my Live the Life stay, I sat in the back of the chapel and listened to the Brooksby Singers rehearse. It gave me a sense of what I could experience if I lived at the community.”

That evening, Joan retired to the guest suite, where she found a basket of snacks on the kitchen counter and a plate of fruit in the refrigerator.

“I opened a bag of chips from the basket, settled in, and called my kids to tell them about my day,” says Joan. “It was nice to have that alone time to reflect on all I’d seen and heard.”

Moving ahead

Once back in Marblehead, Joan says she felt comfortable moving forward.

“I came away from my Live the Life experience feeling very positive about Brooksby,” she says. “I talked with residents who told me, ‘You’ll love it here. There’s so much to do.’”

Joan also says her lunch and dinner hosts gave her the reassurance that it’s normal to question such a big move, and it can take a while to get used to the idea.

“I appreciated their honesty,” says Joan. “They made me realize that just because it’s an adjustment doesn’t mean it’s not the right move.”

In the fall of 2017, Sales Counselor Gina Fernandez showed Joan a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath Hastings-style apartment home.

“The apartment was filled with natural light, and it’s on the third floor so it felt like we were in the treetops,” says Joan, who sold her Marblehead home and moved to Brooksby.

Since the move, Joan’s joined the Brooksby Singers and does water aerobics twice a week in the community’s on-site swimming pool. She’s also continued the friendships she developed with the ladies she shared meals with during her Live the Life stay.

“If you’re considering a move to Brooksby, I can’t say enough about the value of the Live the Life program,” says Joan. “It gives you a sense of the community and helps you picture what your life could be like at Brooksby.”