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Tallgrass Creek Names Janel Southard Leader of the Year

Mar 29, 2019

Practice Administrator recognized for contributions to Overland Park retirement community

Overland Park, Kans. – Tallgrass Creek , a continuing care retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living , has named Medical Center Practice Administrator Janel Southard its Leader of the Year. Earlier this month, she was honored along with 19 other leaders, one from each of Erickson Living’s communities across the country, at the company’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Leader of the Year recognition is given to a manager or director who continually demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities and inspires, motivates and...

What's cooking at Tallgrass Creek

Mar 15, 2019

Chef James Braddock is all about fresh, healthy, and made-to-order

Overland Park, Kans. – Preparations for Sunday morning brunch at Tallgrass Creek , a continuing care retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living in Overland Park, Kans., begin before the sun comes up.

"That's when we start prepping for the approximately 350 residents who join us for brunch each Sunday," says Executive Chef James Braddock, "We bake an assortment of homemade apple, raspberry, almond, and lemon Danish, along with our just-out-of-the-oven cinnamon rolls. Everyone enjoys our pastries."

Braddock's "office" is Tallgrass...

Tallgrass Creek Launches Digital App to Enhance Community Connections

Dec 21, 2018

Tallgrass Creek , an Erickson Living retirement community, recently celebrated the launch of My Erickson, a digital application for residents. More than 51 residents activated the app in just one day.

“We are thrilled to see our residents enjoying the benefits of the My Erickson digital app,” said Pam Haman, Associated Executive Director at Tallgrass Creek . “In today’s increasingly digital world, My Erickson will be an important tool in keeping our residents up to date on all the events and activities happening at Tallgrass Creek every day, and a convenient way for them...

Tallgrass Creek Residents Contribute More than $82,000 to Hourly Staff

Dec 11, 2018

The holiday season just got a little brighter for more than 200 hourly employees at Tallgrass Creek , an Erickson Living retirement community.

Whether preparing a meal in one of the three on-site restaurants, serving as part of the clinical staff, or maintaining the scenic 65-acre campus, hourly staff work hard to enhance the vibrant retirement lifestyle of Tallgrass Creek residents all year long. Now, their service and dedication are being recognized through the community’s Staff Appreciation Fund.

More than $82,000 was raised from resident contributions. 230 eligible hourly employees received distributions from...

Tallgrass Creek’s Continuing Care Neighborhood Named “Best Nursing Home” by U.S. News & World Report

Nov 30, 2018

Tallgrass Creek's continuing care neighborhood was recently named a “Best Nursing Home” by U.S. News & World Report.

“To be named among the top care providers in the country speaks volumes about our team’s commitment to serving seniors and celebrating life,” said Jean Landreville, Tallgrass Creek’s Executive Director. “I am so proud to see the team’s hard work and dedication to providing each and every resident with exceptional, compassionate care recognized in this way.”

U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 homes nationwide, in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. This year, 2,975 nursing homes earned the...

Tallgrass Creek Raises the Bar in Senior Living with Opening of Goldfinch Lane

Nov 13, 2018

Tallgrass Creek , an Erickson Living retirement community, welcomed the first residents of its newest building, Goldfinch Lane, earlier this month.

Goldfinch Lane features 78 spacious independent living residences with 12 different floor plans, including many of the most popular styles already enjoyed by residents throughout Tallgrass Creek. Outdoor spaces such as patios and balconies are available on several designs.

“We are excited to meet the demand for Tallgrass Creek’s active, engaged lifestyle with the opening of Goldfinch Lane,” said Blake Marshall, Director of Sales at Tallgrass Creek . “The response to this,...

Working and living at Tallgrass Creek

Nov 7, 2018

When Elaine Bahr, a busy sales counselor at Tallgrass Creek, needs a "mom fix," she doesn't have far to go. That's because her mother Doris Waller is a short walk from Elaine's office in her own, very comfortable residence at the Overland Park, Kansas retirement community.

"I love having Elaine right here," says Doris, who moved to Tallgrass Creek three years ago. "It's such a comfort knowing she's close by."

Elaine echoes that sentiment. Her day includes giving tours to prospective residents and when she and her guests happen to pass Doris in the hall, Elaine's casual, "Hi,...

Chance encounter inspires Tallgrass Creek resident to keep people smiling

Oct 5, 2018

More than a half-century ago, Lyndal Holmes – fresh out of school with a degree in dental surgery – found himself in the middle of the fierce brutality of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. It was part of a Communist surge in 1968 that historians now mark as a turning point in that bitter conflict that ended with America’s eventual withdrawal.

Decades later, Holmes, who now lives at Tallgrass Creek , the Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kansas, found his life touched again by that long-ago war.

In 2005, Holmes was visiting...

A leap of faith turns into a relaxing, enjoyable lifestyle

Aug 16, 2018

Not long ago, Tallgrass Creek resident Judy Higginbotham assumed she would be in her large, comfortable home for many more years. It was located in a lovely neighborhood, close to a popular golf course in Kansas City, Mo.

Judy and her late husband "Higg", a retired American Airlines pilot, moved into their 6000 square foot home in 1999 and enjoyed the neighborhood and proximity to the golf course. The couple met at American Airlines, where Judy also worked as a stewardess, and were married for 37 years.

"After my husband passed away, I continued living in our home...

Culinary School Grad Megan Sova Finds Meaningful Career at Tallgrass Creek

Mar 5, 2018

OVERLAND PARK, KS (March 1, 2018) -- When 25-year-old Megan Sova drove by Tallgrass Creek several years ago, she recalls being impressed with the beauty of the campus.

"I also remember thinking that someday I'd like to work there," says Sova.

Sova, a recent culinary school graduate, had worked in the restaurant business for a while, most recently as a grill cook in a local, upscale bistro. Though very interested in...