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Erickson Living’s youngest resident

Wind Crest staff member takes up residency at sister community in Maryland

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November 20th, 2012

Meghan Saylor, a sales associate for Wind Crest, the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., loves her job. She loves it so much, in fact, that for the last three months she has taken up residency at . target="_blank">Riderwood, Wind Crest s sister community in Silver Spring, Md. When Riderwood Senior Sales Associate Debbie Brumbach took time off for maternity leave, Saylor stepped in to help the Riderwood sales team. Though she s transformed into Erickson Living s youngest resident for work purposes (she is exactly half the required resident age), Saylor likens the experience to that of living in a college dorm. And she knows that after having this resident experience, her life and her perspective will never be the same.

Early roots at Erickson Living

Saylor spent her college years visiting her grandmother Virginia Quast at Oak Crest, one of the first Erickson Living communities built, in Parkville, Md. When Saylor wasn t studying, she visited her grandmother, often bringing crab cakes to eat. At one point, Saylor lived just a 20-minute walk from Oak Crest, and she spent many days enjoying the community. My grandmother was the one who encouraged me to apply to Erickson, Saylor says. And as if fate stepped in to show her grandmother was right, Saylor got a job in the sales office at Wind Crest nearly five years ago.

In their shoes

Going from a smaller Erickson Living campus Wind Crest to the largest Riderwood has been eye-opening because it is very relatable to the experience of being a new resident, Saylor says. Her biggest challenge has been not getting lost on campus. Wind Crest, a newer community, has to date one centralized clubhouse and four residence buildings on 84 acres. Alternately, Riderwood has four clubhouses and 16 residence buildings on 120 acres. More than 750 people live at Wind Crest, while more than 2,500 live at Riderwood.

Living the dream

One of the most important similarities between the two campuses is the staff s mission. Our theme is listening to the residents, Saylor says. The teams on both campuses are filled with passionate people who have a personal connection and dedication to seniors and who are willing to give the residents the most incredible life possible here. When people ask me how I m doing, I say I m living the dream! Staying at Riderwood has made Saylor even more enthusiastic about the new continuing care neighborhood to open at Wind Crest. Being able to offer residents a cost-effective solution for continuing health care that allows couples to stay together and having more choices at Wind Crest makes me really excited, Saylor says. Another notable similarity between the two communities: When asked what she misses most about Wind Crest, Saylor replies, The residents and my sales team. When asked what she loves the most about Riderwood, she says, not missing a beat, The residents and my sales team.