Plan your holiday visit to Cedar Crest

Bring the family and make a day of it

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October 22nd, 2019
Rose Marie Armstrong, seen here in her home at Cedar Crest, brought friends along when she visited Cedar Crest, and their positive reaction helped her see it was a great place to live.

Rose Marie Armstrong brought friends along when she visited Cedar Crest, and their positive reaction helped her see it was a great place to live. 

With the holidays around the corner, many retirees are scheduling personal tours at Cedar Crest with their families. The Erickson Living community in Pequannock Township, N.J., offers tours daily by appointment and hosts special events like the holiday luncheons on November 13 and December 4. 

Sales Counselor Kate Tanis says, “The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s gets filled with family appointments. The community is festively decorated, and you get to see all the fun holiday-themed activities and events. Bring the grandkids and have fun while you’re here.”

What to expect

Upon arrival, you and your family will meet with Tanis or fellow Sales Counselor Ruth Phillips to discuss your interests and lifestyle. “Then we map out a tour of campus that will help you envision how you might use the community’s amenities on a daily basis,” Tanis says.

“If your adult children will be joining you, we can show them what life will be like for you and also show them some of the amenities they can take advantage of themselves, like the private catering room available for family gatherings and the indoor swimming pool, which is excellent for grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” Phillips adds.

They will include some apartments that may fit your lifestyle and budget and review aspects like the medical center, financial structure, and the availability of continuing care on campus should you ever need it. 

They can also arrange for you to meet a resident ambassador with similar interests, who can give you and your family an insider’s perspective, honest answers, and a friendly welcome.

“We give tours of the campus, show them the pool, the library—all the things that are available here to stay active,” says Joan Obermeyer, who has served as an ambassador with her husband John. 

“We answer questions and help them feel that they will fit in well here,” John adds.

Esther Price says ambassadors have a unique and key perspective to life at Cedar Crest. “We answer questions the sales staff doesn’t always have the answer to because we’re here around the clock,” she says.

She answers questions about dining, activities, and conveniences like snow plowing in winter. She says people often ask about the on-site medical services, like the medical center and pharmacy. “I always give them a positive response because the services are very good, and it’s so convenient to have them right on campus.” 

Plan your visit

You and your family can use the My Erickson app to plan your visit. Download the app on your smartphone or tablet and log in as a guest to view scheduled activities, menus, and Mountain Matters, the community’s monthly newsletter. 

During your visit, be sure to enjoy a meal at one of Cedar Crest’s restaurants, where the menus are full of fresh, seasonal dishes prepared at the moment of service to deliver an exceptional dining experience. 

Ask about live entertainment on the books for Cedar Crest’s performing arts center. The sales office can arrange tickets for the whole family.

“Nothing compares to seeing our campus in person, especially during the holiday season. There’s something truly special about walking through our festively decorated clubhouses, hearing the sounds of our choral group practicing for their holiday concert, or seeing your grandchild’s eyes widen as they watch the holiday train display,” says Tanis.

Another reason to visit in person: the people. “People tell us all the time that what makes Cedar Crest so unique are our friendly residents and staff,” says Phillips.

Rose Marie Armstrong visited Cedar Crest several times and brought friends with her. They all appreciated the warm welcome they received each time. “You’re greeted very warmly,” says Rose Marie.

What’s next

After experiencing Cedar Crest firsthand, you and your family will have the opportunity to sit down again with a member of the sales team to address any lingering questions and next steps. 

If you haven’t joined the priority list yet, you’ll have a chance to do so. All it takes to join the priority list is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit, plus a $150-per-person nonrefundable processing fee, to reserve your place in line for the apartment home of your choice. The day you join the priority list becomes your priority date, giving you preference over everyone else who joins the list after you.

When your desired floor plan becomes available, you’re given first right of refusal based on your priority list status. 

Already a priority list member? If an apartment home you toured during your visit is available, you’ll have the opportunity to reserve it if you’re ready to move, or pass if you’re not. Passing on an apartment doesn’t change your priority list status. Should your future plans change, your priority list status is transferable to another Erickson Living community.