Honoring spiritual relationships

Guests enjoy Tallgrass Creek hospitality

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July 22nd, 2019
Esther and Norman Redelsheimer (far left and far right) join Tallgrass Creek sales team member Sue LaBelle in hosting guest Alan Kimes from Church of the Resurrection for a gourmet lunch.

Esther and Norman Redelsheimer (far left and far right) join Tallgrass Creek sales team member Sue LaBelle in hosting guest Alan Kimes from Church of the Resurrection for a gourmet lunch.

Tallgrass Creek neighbors joined about 40 clergy from local churches and synagogues earlier this year for a gourmet luncheon at the Overland Park, Kans., Erickson Living community.

The event was hosted by the community’s sales team and honored the important relationships residents have with their spiritual leaders. 

“It is our way of thanking these individuals for the faithful guidance they provide our community members,” says Sales Director Blake Marshall. 

Residents and guests sat in the sunny Blue Sky Restaurant and chatted over creamy mushroom bisque followed by choices of a seafood medley served in lemon butter sauce or seared beef medallions. 

Entrées were accompanied by fresh lemon broccoli, whipped potatoes, and French silk pie. 

“The luncheon was so nice,” says Esther Redelsheimer. “We enjoyed having our ministers join us for lunch, see our home, and visit together in a casual way.”  

Esther and her husband Norman’s guest was Alan Kimes, a minister at the Church of the Resurrection (COR) in Leawood, Kans. The church has the largest Methodist congregation in the country with a membership of about 22,000. 

Residents who attend COR can view the Sunday morning service on a simulcast that streams live in the community’s comfortable Cottonwood classroom.  

Many reasons  

Tallgrass Creek is one of 20 communities managed by Erickson Living, headquartered in Baltimore, Md. The active continuing care retirement community is located just south of the bustling 135th Street corridor in Overland Park. 

The special luncheon for members of clergy is among many events the Tallgrass Creek sales team offers throughout the year. The team hosts seminars, luncheons, and other special events for guests and prospective residents.  

“We want our visitors to feel for themselves the camaraderie and great spirit here at Tallgrass Creek,” says Marshall. “We hear over and over that this feeling is apparent the minute you walk in the door. It’s among many reasons people choose this wonderful community as their home.”

People also choose Tallgrass Creek for the many amenities and services available at the community’s 65,000-square-foot campus.  

Residents enjoy the Sunflower Bistro, a lively lunch and happy hour spot; Milo’s Café, a mini-grocery and coffee shop; and Blue Sky Restaurant where Tallgrass Creek neighbors have a choice of about 20 different dinner entrées each evening. 

They also enjoy the well-equipped fitness center, where they can participate in a wide variety of fitness classes and exercise in the temperature-controlled, all-season indoor swimming pool.

Additionally, residents like Jean Tracy chose Tallgrass Creek for its on-site, fully staffed medical center. 

The center is staffed with two board-certified physicians, a licensed nurse practitioner, podiatrist, and other medical professionals. 

“I was impressed that the clinic was right here with full-time physicians and other medical services,” says Jean, who moved from California. “I didn’t find that at other places.”

Jean leads an active lifestyle, but when she does need medical care, it’s a short walk from her apartment home to the medical center.

“I don’t have to worry about traffic, weather, parking, any of it,” says Jean. “It’s a major plus for me.” 

Many choices

Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr says guests are often impressed with the community’s monthly, 30-page activity calendar. The descriptive calendar showcases the many educational, fitness, social, and entertainment opportunities that happen each week. 

Tallgrass Creek’s resident life staff adds to the calendar by coordinating speakers, talent and fashion shows, dinner dances, and seasonal events. 

The dining staff hosts theme dinners, “Iron Chef” cook-offs, and cooking demonstrations. And the management team hosts resident town halls, coffee get-togethers, and other gatherings where community members and the management team socialize together.   

Jan and Gene Meyer, who recently moved to Goldfinch Lane, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building, are impressed with the number of unique activities that happen each day. 

“You can do as little or as much as you want,” notes Jan. “But there’s always something fun and interesting going on.” 

Residents have another particular “like” they frequently mention. 

“I love the turnkey lifestyle here at Tallgrass Creek,” says Joyce Keeler, a frequent traveler. “I can leave and not worry about weather, a large home, mail, newspapers, or the rest of it. It’s wonderful.”

Barbara Hise moved to Tallgrass Creek about 18 months ago and says living there suits her current lifestyle well.  

“A good day was when I deleted the numbers on my phone for the plumber, electrician, roofer, carpenter, and cable,” laughs Barbara. “It was a great feeling.”