Windsor Run’s top nine milestones

Exciting opportunities shaped this community’s inaugural year

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November 26th, 2019
Windsor Run residents and staff celebrated the community’s first anniversary by taking an areal photo outside..

Windsor Run residents and staff celebrated the community’s first anniversary by taking an areal photo outside.. 

In the midst of holiday preparations, community members and staff at Windsor Run look back on an exciting year of milestones at the Erickson Living community in Matthews, N.C. 

1. First anniversary celebration

This May, Windsor Run celebrated its one-year anniversary with a day of festivities, including a morning walk around the campus for residents and employees, a cookout with entertainment by musician Jim Terrell, and a midafternoon cakecutting.  The Windsor Run dining staff prepared special menus featuring favorites such as pulled barbeque and grilled chicken for lunch and prime rib and stuffed chicken breasts for dinner.  Residents danced the evening away with local entertainer Jim Ruth.

“Last year, we made the commitment to serve our residents in a way that brings life to all who pass through our doors, one experience at a time,” says Windsor Run Executive Director George Comfort.  “Since then, it has been rewarding to form new relationships, inspire each other, and create the lifestyle for residents that we envisioned together.  I am proud of everyone who has made Windsor Run a great place to live and work in our inaugural year.”

2. Opening of Beech Hollow 

Not long after the first-year celebration, Windsor Run opened Beech Hollow, the community’s newest independent living residence building, welcoming more than 150 new residents. 

Each of the 101 new Beech Hollow apartment homes features amenities already popular at Windsor Run, including airy layouts and beautiful finishes; modernized kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances; full-size, side-by-side washers and dryers; walk-in closets; with the option of custom light fixtures. 

3. Groundbreaking on continuing care community

This fall, Windsor Run broke ground on the community’s continuing care neighborhood, honoring the commitment to provide residents with comprehensive health care. Although most will never need these services, the new neighborhood will provide assisted living, memory care, and long-term care services right on the Windsor Run campus.

4. Erickson Realty and Moving Services successes 

Windsor Run’s popular Erickson Realty and Moving Services program continued to grow, with 95% of all new residents electing to use many of the program’s wide range of services, from home planning visits to downsizing services to real estate professionals. Working together with these preferred vendors, each handpicked for the quality of service they provide, Erickson Realty and Moving Services helped sell over $1 million in real estate in 2019.

“Our goal is to make sure that everyone who wants to sell their house and move to Windsor Run can do so easily and with as little stress as possible,” says Personal Moving Consultant Amanda Bates. “There is no need for anyone to tackle the process alone.”

5. Introduction of the nonrefundable entrance deposit 

Earlier this year, Windsor Run, known for its industry-leading 90% refundable entrance deposit, introduced a second financial option—the nonrefundable entrance deposit.

“It is because of our financial strength that we are able to offer this nonrefundable plan, which amortizes over four years,” says Theresa Palladino, Windsor Run’s director of finance. “This option allows our incoming residents the opportunity to put down a smaller amount of money. And, just like our industry-leading 90% refundable entrance deposit option, the nonrefundable option will include our comprehensive monthly service package.” (The Residence and Care Agreement has full details.)

6. Good Neighbors program begins

With this year’s opening of Beech Hollow, Windsor Run community members joined forces with staff in the creation of the Good Neighbors program designed to welcome new neighbors. 

“Our residents were eager to extend a warm hello and a helping hand to each new community member,” says Community Resources Manager Becky Dinello. “Members of the Good Neighbors program put together a directory of fellow community members eager to help, as needed, in a variety of ways. Whether it’s a ride to an appointment, pet sitting, or help unpacking, it’s nice to know someone who’s been in the same position is there to help.” 

7. Home Extravaganza

With the number of available apartment homes dwindling, a record number of guests visited Windsor Run this September for the annual Home Extravaganza. Almost two hundred people arrived on campus eager to tour the few available homes and attend the Erickson Realty and Moving Services “Moving Made Easy” seminar.

8. Chef Wars win

This summer, Windsor Run’s culinary team, including Executive Chef Patrick Yeager, Chef Christopher Zion, and Chef Derek Babinski, won second place in the entrée round of the ninth annual Chef Wars sponsored by Shepherds Center of Charlotte, a nonprofit organization that connects learning programs and services to support and enrich the lives of older adults. 

The event, held at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, brought together talented culinary professionals from continuing care retirement communities throughout the region to compete in both entrées and dessert competitions. 

Executive Chef Yeager and his team prepared a sous vide pork tenderloin with sweet potato puree and port and blackberry sauce topped with lightly dressed seasonal greens. The dish represents the quality of food Windsor Run community members enjoy daily. 

9. Windsor Run named one of the healthiest employers by Charlotte Business Journal

In June, Windsor Run was named number eight in the giant business category for the 2019 Healthiest Employers of Greater Charlotte Awards sponsored by the Charlotte Business Journal.  

Promoting health and wellness for the community’s more than 110 full- and part-time employees, as well as for all residents, is an integral part of the Windsor Run culture. The community supports an employee wellness fund, access to the on-site medical center, fun activities such as the annual walking challenge and health fair, free flu shots, and discounts to national programs such as Weight Watchers and smoking cessation.