‘The most to offer’

Seven reasons to love Seabrook

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March 27th, 2020
Former high school art teacher Dennis Carroll is seen here on a beige couch in his living room. There is a painting on the wall behind him.

Former high school art teacher Dennis Carroll says the monthly service package, which covers most of his daily living expenses and home maintenance, is a very comfortable and convenient financial arrangement.

Over the past decade, I’ve interviewed hundreds of people who live at Seabrook, the continuing care retirement community in Tinton Falls, N.J., developed and managed by Baltimore, Md.-based Erickson Living. Among all my interviews, I’ve discovered seven common reasons people move to and enjoy living at Seabrook. 

The community, just ten minutes from the quaint beach towns of Belmar, Ocean Grove, and Avon-by-the-Sea, isn’t just a beautiful setting for retirement. Yes, it has beautiful, open-design apartment homes. Yes, it has three on-site, highly rated restaurants. Yes, it has an expert staff of some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. 

But, it also provides several key needs and amenities: maintenance-free living, various activities, one-level living, convenience, sense of community, on-site medical care, and on-site continuing care. Those are the seven most common reasons so many people choose Seabrook over competitors. 

1. Activities

Take Wayne and Pam Steadman, for example. The couple moved to Seabrook from Asbury Park in October 2016. They had moved 18 times throughout Wayne’s career with Mobil oil corporation.

“Becoming involved in the activities that you enjoy is an important part of living here,” says Wayne, who serves as “director of living in the community” and has served on Seabrook’s Resident Advisory Council. He also plays poker twice a week, plays golf, and takes water aerobics. 

He and Pam are also sales ambassadors, and she volunteers in the TV studio. If there were more hours in the day, they could take part in more of Seabrook’s 120-plus activities and interest groups

“There’s a lot to be said about when you wake up, you don’t have to think about what you’re going to do. Everything and everyone is here, and we stay active.”

2. Continuing care

Although Shirley and Ray Wagenhorst appreciate the active lifestyle of Seabrook, they have peace of mind knowing that they don’t have to worry about the future should their health needs change. 

“Before we came, we noticed people seemed to be happy here. We realized there was a place for people who could live a life that is active, yet could age appropriately if health became an issue,” says Shirley. The couple moved from Wappingers Falls in mid-Hudson Valley, N.Y.

Seabrook’s on-site continuing care neighborhood includes assisted living, inpatient rehabilitation, and long-term care.

At every level of care, there are private accommodations; chef-prepared meals; engaging activities; and a full-time, on-site team of doctors, nurses, and caregivers who provide top-quality, compassionate care.

3. On-site medical care

While they haven’t had to utilize continuing care, Shirley and Ray have taken advantage of Seabrook’s medical care. With a full-service medical center and emergency medical technicians on the scene within minutes, community members feel “well taken care of,” Shirley says. 

“We love being here. The fact that my husband had a fall and security was right there to give him the assistance he needed was very reassuring,” she says. “We’re very active now. I like my alone time, but he’s out and about enjoying things and checking things off his bucket list.”

Cindy Malmo, on the other hand, learned to appreciate Seabrook’s on-site medical care because she wished she’d had it available before she moved. Legally blind, she lived in a second-floor condo. She fell and broke her shoulder. 

“The experience reinforced my decision to move here,” Cindy says. “If I had been living here, I would have been able to do physical therapy and had convenient meals available for me.” Instead, she had to move in with a friend for two weeks.

4. One-level living

Now, Cindy says, “Living [at Seabrook] has taken the stress off. I have the ability to navigate, and I know that I’m safe.”

Removing the obstacle of stairs is a big priority for many people moving to Seabrook, according to Sales Counselor Dennise Baldwin. 

“Stairs can be a hassle and a danger at any age, but especially as we get older and lose balance,” Baldwin says.

“Whether one-level-living is a big priority or not, most people love not having to lug their laundry basket up and down stairs anymore,” she adds.

5. Maintenance-free living

Even though residents are responsible for their own laundry, Seabrook is otherwise truly maintenance-free living. General services cares for the landscaping, snow removal, even changing light bulbs. 

“Personally, I think the value that we have here is very good,” Wayne says. “The services we get, the food—it’s excellent food. I’m very happy, and my wife is happy she doesn’t have to cook. We love our apartment, and it’s great not having to worry about when something needs to be fixed.” 

Gone are the days of worrying about who to call when the hot water heater breaks, the fridge freezes up, or the kitchen faucet springs a leak. One call to general services takes care of it at no additional cost. 

6. Convenient monthly service package

Home maintenance is one of many daily living expenses included in Seabrook’s convenient monthly service package. Community members enjoy independent living without the hassle of having to pay multiple bills.

Most day-to-day living expenses, apartment home maintenance, property taxes, heating and air-conditioning, trash and recycling collection at your door, dining plans and options, basic cable TV, regularly scheduled transportation, 24-hour security and emergency response services, plus access to a wealth of campus amenities, are covered by one monthly check.

“I feel very comfortable with the financial arrangement. It certainly hasn’t impacted my expendable income. I feel I’m living as well as I did in my house with a lot less worry and a lot less bill paying,” says Dennis Carroll, former high school art teacher. “All on a teacher’s salary and state pension,” he adds. 

7. Sense of community

Finally, while all of these reasons attract different people, Seabrook’s sense of community is what enables them to live their best life. 

Numerous studies have shown that socialization plays a vital role in the health of seniors. A 2013 study on socialization intervention in health coaching for older adults states in its abstract: “Social ties enhance both physical and mental health, and social isolation has been linked to increased cognitive decline.”

Seabrook empowers adults to live vibrant, active, social lives by fostering activities and interest groups and old-fashioned neighborliness. 

As an only child without children of his own, Chip Wazeter says, “Seabrook has become my family. It’s the family I don’t have.”

He moved to Seabrook with his wife Sandy in 2017 from Staten Island, N.Y., in search of peace of mind, maintenance-free living, convenient medical care, and amenities. “Seabrook has the most to offer, and it’s all in our favor,” Chip says.