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Why You Should Get on a Retirement Community Wait List

Why You Should Get on a Retirement Community Wait List

After thorough research and comparison, you’ve found the retirement community that offers you the lifestyle and care services that will enhance your days. If it’s a very popular community with high occupancy, you may be asked to join a wait list. At this moment, many people wonder whether it’s worth it to join a waiting list for retirement homes that offer their ideal senior housing or move on to their second-choice community. While your individual answer may depend on your care needs, there are some unexpected perks to joining a wait list.

At Essex Meadows, those who join our wait list are invited to be a part of the Meadows Club, which allows them to enjoy some of the benefits of the community before they even move in.

3 Benefits of Joining a Waiting List for Retirement Communities


1. Reserve Your Residence

One of the most common reasons people choose to join a waiting list for retirement homes is to ensure they get the residence they want. Some seniors want a beautiful view to wake up to each day. Others want a specific floor plan that suits them best. Still others are looking for a perfectly situated cottage. Whatever their preference, they’re willing to wait for it. When future residents sign up for the wait list, the community can alert them when their first-choice residence becomes available.

2. Meet Future Neighbors

While you’re on the wait list, you can take the opportunity to connect with fellow wait listers and current residents of the retirement community. Often thoughtful communities will invite you to join social events, like parties and mixers.

Even if you currently live out of town or are practicing social distancing, great team members can still help you connect with the community. At Essex Meadows, even during the coronavirus pandemic, we organize virtual events that  allow future residents the chance to begin to form the kind of relationships people look forward to in senior housing.

The more events you attend, the more connections you can form, and when your place in the community becomes available, you may already know several neighbors.

3. Enjoy the Amenities

Under normal circumstances, high-occupancy communities will invite seniors on their wait list to enjoy some of the resident perks. At Essex Meadows, future residents in the Meadows Club can use the fitness center and pool as well as host a birthday celebration at the community.

How Do I Join a Wait List?

Once you’ve chosen the community you love, spoken with the marketing  director and expressed interest in the type of residence you want, many communities will require a deposit to join the wait list and reserve your place. Ask the retirement community about the refundability of this deposit. At Essex Meadows, when a senior’s residence becomes available, the wait list deposit is applied in full to the down payment on their apartment or cottage. This way, ultimately their time in the Meadows Club costs them nothing, and they’ve enjoyed early access to some of the perks of community living.

How Do I Find Out More about Essex Meadows?

Explore our website. We offer an upscale lifestyle in all our neighborhoods: independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. If you have specific questions about the Meadows Club or any other part of our community, you’re very welcome to contact us. A member of our team will be happy to provide more details.