Plan your holiday visit to Seabrook

Bring the family and make a day of it

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October 29th, 2019
During your holiday visit to Seabrook, you might meet a resident ambassador like Jackie Cole, who can give you an insider’s perspective, honest answers, and a friendly welcome.

During your holiday visit to Seabrook, you might meet a resident ambassador like Jackie Cole, who can give you an insider’s perspective, honest answers, and a friendly welcome.

With the holidays around the corner, many retirees are scheduling personal tours at Seabrook with their families. The Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., offers tours by appointment and hosts special events.

Sales Counselor Dennise Baldwin 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.”

Dennis Carroll invited his family to tour Seabrook once he had decided to move there, “to verify the idea,” he says. He was looking to escape the burdens of maintaining a house and to feel less isolated and more socially active. 

His family toured Seabrook’s 98-acre campus with him, visited the fitness center, swimming pool, restaurants, and classrooms, and met with Baldwin who answered their questions. At the end of the day, “Everyone thought it was a positive idea,” says Dennis, a former Bergen County art teacher who moved from Asbury Park. 

What to expect

Upon arrival, you and your family will meet with Baldwin 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,” Baldwin 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,” she adds.

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

Sales Associate Carol Warren 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.

“I enjoy hearing about what people want,” says ambassador Jackie Cole. “Sometimes I’m a little too honest, but I really think it’s a terrific place to live at a certain point in your life. I have so many friends in Ocean Port who ask if I really like it, and I say I really love it. I really do.”

“Our residents truly are the best source of insider information,” says Baldwin.

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 Shore Lines, the community’s monthly newsletter. 

During your visit, be sure to enjoy a meal at one of Seabrook’s three 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 Seabrook’s auditorium. The sales office can arrange tickets for the whole family.

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

“And of course, the people who live here are the best part,” she adds. “Our community members are probably the biggest advantage to taking a personal tour. We hear it all the time: the best thing about Seabrook is the people. Everyone is so friendly. You always get a hello and a smile when you’re walking down the hallway.”

Irene Wieckowski brought her nieces along on her personal tour, and they were impressed with the friendliness and warm welcome of everyone they met. “My niece couldn’t get over how many people said hello. Everyone is so friendly and willing to help you. To me it was the right place for me to go. I would recommend it to anyone,” Irene says.

What’s next?

After experiencing Seabrook 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.