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New Year, new you

Making 2019 the year of new beginnings

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December 20th, 2018
Sherry Herion (center) has the distinction of being the first person to move to Windsor Run. She’s pictured here with Assistant Executive Director Bo Lundh (left) and Resident Services Coordinator Becky Dinello.

Sherry Herion (center) has the distinction of being the first person to move to Windsor Run. She’s pictured here with Assistant Executive Director Bo Lundh (left) and Resident Services Coordinator Becky Dinello.

Each New Year’s Eve, people around the world resolve to better their lives in the coming year. For many, living a better, more energetic, productive, healthy life tops the list. As a result, the sales center at Windsor Run, Erickson Living’s Matthews, N.C., community, sees a spike in campus visits and priority list memberships.

“The promises of the New Year re-energize the commitment to defining retirement goals,” says Windsor Run Director of Sales Ryan Barkley. “We find that many people who have previously visited our campus, attended events, toured apartment homes, and met our residents are eager to make 2019 the year they call Windsor Run home. At the same time, we find that people who have postponed their first visit or inquiry are now motivated to take the first steps.”

For every community member currently living at Windsor Run, moving to the community was one of last years’ top New Year’s resolutions that became a reality.

“I couldn’t be happier with my decision to move to Windsor Run,” says Sherry Herion, who has the distinction of being the very first person to move to the community the day it opened, May 10, 2018. “As I walked up to the front doors I was greeted by Executive Director George Comfort,” she says. “He said, ‘Welcome home.’ It was a moment I will never forget. Windsor Run is truly my home in every way. Everyone is so special here. We’ve all become a family. We are here for each other, and we take care of each other.”

First steps

While many people are first introduced to Windsor Run through either word of mouth or visiting the community’s website or Facebook page, Barkley suggests scheduling a campus visit to enjoy a real-life look at the day-to-day life at Windsor Run.

“These visits not only afford the opportunity to walk through the halls, dine in our restaurants, and meet our residents, but it’s also the perfect time to ask your unique questions and explore our available apartment homes,” he says. “We want to make certain Windsor Run is the right fit for your future as much as you do. As a result, there is never any pressure, just a great opportunity to learn more about the Erickson Living lifestyle.”

For those who determine that Windsor Run is a possibility for their future, a campus visit is the perfect time to join the priority list. Those who decide to join pay a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person nonrefundable application fee.

Once this deposit is made, the date is noted as the member’s priority list date. Members are then encouraged to select preferred floor plans. Once a preferred apartment becomes available, Windsor Run will offer it, with right of first refusal, based on the date they joined the priority list. Passing on an apartment doesn’t change their priority status.

There is no penalty should the preferred apartment home become available before a prospective resident is ready to move. It is simply offered to the next member on the list and priority list status remains the same.

Time well spent

Sherry spent her time on the priority list meeting with the sales team, selecting her preferred apartment home, and becoming acquainted with future neighbors at a variety of members-only events.

“I was lucky that I lived nearby and could visit as often as possible,” Sherry says. “I was very impressed with everyone I met. I had visited many other retirement communities in the Charlotte area. But there was always something that didn’t sit right with me. That was definitely not the case at Windsor Run. Right away I felt secure and trusted the people I spoke with.”

Sherry brought her daughter Beth with her on several of her visits to the sales center to meet with the staff and ask questions.

“Like me, she was quickly impressed with the people and the information they provided,” Sherry says. “Both she and my son think it’s marvelous that I’ve chosen to live at Windsor Run. It is a great security for them. Everyone here goes to the nth degree to make this community as safe and as helpful as it can be.”

During her time on the priority list, Sherry also carefully studied Windsor Run’s financial package with her financial advisor.

“He told me that Erickson Living has a solid financial structure and a solid reputation,” she says. “The 90% refundable entrance deposit is unbeatable. He even came down to Windsor Run this summer to see me in my new home and said that I couldn’t have done any better.” (Details on the entrance deposit are in the Residence and Care Agreement.)

Full steam ahead

Now, with a brand-new year stretching out before her, Sherry looks forward to meeting new neighbors and involving herself in the numerous clubs and activities available on campus.

“Moving to Windsor Run is one of the best decisions I’ve made,” she says. “I look forward to seeing what the future holds.”