Seeing Oak Crest from the flip side

Now retired, former employees happy to call community home

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February 24th, 2020
Bill Hodges smiles from one of the restaurants at Oak Crest. He is wearing a red an white plaid shirt and has a mustache.

Bill Hodges worked as a physical therapist at Oak Crest for eight years before he and his wife moved to the Parkville community. 

Having worked at Oak Crest as a physical therapist for nearly eight years, Bill Hodges was familiar with Oak Crest’s active, engaging, worry-free lifestyle, long before he and his wife Pat moved to the Parkville community in 2015. Now, he is among a growing number of Oak Crest employees who have discovered Oak Crest isn’t just a great place to work, it’s also a great place to live. 

“Working here was great. I became familiar with the community because I regularly walked throughout the campus and saw how beautiful it was and all of the things that were going on,” says Bill. “Also, as a physical therapist, I would spend a good deal of time with patients and would talk with them about what they liked about living at Oak Crest. I learned a lot about the community that way. People had so many positive things to say. So, when I hit retirement age, I thought this would be a wonderful place to live.”

Their maintenance-free one bedroom with den apartment at Oak Crest allows Bill and Pat the freedom to spend their time doing what they please, with the confidence in knowing everything they need is just down the hall. 

“There are so many things going on here all the time. There are concerts and shows, movies, and pubs. You don’t have to leave the community. If you can’t find something to do, then you are in trouble,” says Bill. 

Oak Crest has it all

According to a 2016 Freddie Mac 55-plus survey, an amenity-rich community was one of the most important factors influencing Baby Boomers who are looking for their next home. Affordability, maintenance-free, and walkability were also on the list. 

All of the apartment homes at Oak Crest are within walking distance of a clubhouse where residents can do their banking, shopping, get a haircut, take a college class, meet friends for a drink or a bite to eat in one of seven restaurants, exercise at the fitness center, or grab a book from the library.

An active lifestyle is one of the things that Sally Everhart and her husband Turner looked forward to when they moved to Oak Crest in May 2019. For 16 years, Sally helped maintain Oak Crest’s status as a first-rate retirement community before she retired as facilities manager for the Housekeeping and Laundry department. 

“I loved working with the residents and staff to make Oak Crest a great place to live and work. When we decided to move, we didn’t even consider any other communities,” says Sally. 

Now, instead of overseeing budgets, ordering supplies and equipment, and managing a staff of 85, she is enjoying the fruits of her labor and letting someone else do the work. 

“I know many of the residents and also many of the employees here,” says Sally. “In fact, many people I hired still work here. I enjoy not having to cook every day, but I still like to cook Sunday dinners and have my children and grandchildren over.” 

When Marvin Oed, a retired pharmacist, and his wife Lois began researching retirement communities for their next home, Oak Crest quickly climbed to the top of the list. 

“I worked part time at Oak Crest’s on-site pharmacy, but I had been retired for several years before my wife and I began looking at retirement communities,” says Marvin. “We were looking for a home with one level and we did a lot of research. It was pretty much the same everywhere we looked except for Oak Crest. It stood out because everyone we spoke to had nothing but good things to say about the community.”

The Oeds chose a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment on the first floor near Oak Crest’s Crestview Station clubhouse. 

“We are so close to everything—we have the bank, the Oak Room restaurant, the pub, and a deli nearby. We love the location. It worked out nicely.”

Life after work

Although they aren’t working anymore, Marvin, Sally, and Bill are busier than ever. Marvin is focused on his favorite hobby, model railroads, and he volunteers as the treasurer for Oak Crest’s Model Railroad Club. Sally volunteers two to three days a week at the Treasure Chest, Oak Crest’s resident-run flea market and uses the fitness center and swimming pool. Bill served on the Resident Advisory Council, volunteers at Franklin Square Hospital, and enjoys working out at the gym. 

“Working at Oak Crest was great and living here is even better,” says Bill. “We were on the priority list about two years before we moved. When we finally put our condo up for sale, it sold within five days. Everything worked out so perfectly, I said, it feels like it was meant to be.”