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Priority list offers options and advantages

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February 21st, 2019
Jan Reinhart enjoys collecting sketches from her many travels and has plenty of space to display them in her new apartment home at Tallgrass Creek. Jan was among the first residents of Goldfinch Lane, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building.

Jan Reinhart enjoys collecting sketches from her many travels and has plenty of space to display them in her new apartment home at Tallgrass Creek. Jan was among the first residents of Goldfinch Lane, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building.

When Jan Reinhart first thought about moving to Tallgrass Creek, she made an important decision. 

“I’d visited a friend several times who lived at Tallgrass Creek and liked what I saw,” says Jan. “So when Goldfinch Lane [Tallgrass Creek’s newest residence building] was announced, I joined the priority list before they even broke ground.”

Jan was moving from Lake of the Ozarks, in Missouri, which is about three hours from Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, Kans. She joined the priority list to make sure she got the apartment she wanted in the location she preferred.

“My daughter and I walked the site of Goldfinch Lane before construction started,” says Jan. “I decided the fourth floor was where I wanted to be.”

Jan also wanted an apartment with plenty of wall space to display her artwork and, as an accomplished quilter, a place for her supplies and quilting. After reviewing the future floor plans of Goldfinch Lane with Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr, she selected a Pendleton design—a spacious, two-bedroom, two bath floor plan.

“It was great to have so many choices of the different floor plans and locations,” says Jan. “I was able to choose the flooring and other design choices I preferred.”

Priority list advantages

The priority list is composed of people like Jan, who plan to move to an Erickson Living community. Erickson Living, headquartered in Baltimore, Md., owns and manages 20 retirement communities around the country, including Tallgrass Creek.   

All it takes to join the priority list is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person nonrefundable application fee. When prospective residents submit their deposit, 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.

Priority list members are invited to attend frequent social and informational events at Tallgrass Creek. Prior to Goldfinch Lane opening in late 2018, priority list members were invited to a series of “Moving Made Easy” seminars, luncheons with Tallgrass Creek’s executive management team, a lively “Break the Ice” happy hour, and more.

“I attended several events throughout the year,” says Jan. “I met some of my neighbors-to-be and even reconnected with someone I’d known years ago.”

Settling in

Jan was among the first people to move into Goldfinch Lane and has found much to do at Tallgrass Creek. The monthly activity calendar details about 20 pages of activities and events planned by the community’s 65 different clubs and committees. It also includes the frequent informative and social events sponsored by Tallgrass Creek’s management team.

“I joined the book club right away because I love to read,” says Jan. “I also plan to take part in water aerobics classes and attend fitness center orientation classes so I know how to use the equipment.”

Tallgrass Creek’s management team welcomes those who have recently moved in at frequent new-resident orientations, where they learn all about campus operations such as human resources, finance, sales, on-site medical availability, dining services, and resident life.

Residents who have just moved to Tallgrass Creek are also automatic members of the New Residents Club. The club is coordinated by the Resident Advisory Committee, a group of elected residents who communicate with Tallgrass Creek’s management team. The club meets each month so newcomers can meet, mingle, enjoy snacks, and learn about their new home together.

“There is a lot to like here,” says Jan. “One of my new neighbors recently organized a dinner in the private dining room for all of us on the fourth floor. All these things make acclimating easier.”

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