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Wind Crest in the News

See the latest happenings at our Denver retirement community.

Taste of Wind Crest

Feb 27, 2019

A personal touch is key to community’s incredible dining experience

Highlands Ranch, Colo. — Adrian Snow has been a chef in the Denver, Colo., area for 30 years. For the past five, he has been cooking for residents at Wind Crest , a continuing care retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living in Highlands Ranch. He says the ability to serve his guests regularly and develop personal relationships with them has been a highlight of his career.

“Here, we have a unique opportunity to get to know the guests dining in our...

Life at Wind Crest gives Keystone couple sense of freedom

Feb 26, 2019

Annette and Gerry Fricke say goodbye to tough winters & hello to vibrant retirement living

Highlands Ranch, Colo. – Last winter, it snowed from October until May in Keystone, Colorado, where Annette and Gerry Fricke built their home back in 1980. For years, the couple enjoyed spending both winters and summers there, enjoying the beautiful mountain landscape with their nine children. In 2000, they moved from their primary residence in Illinois to Keystone full-time when Gerry retired.

But last year, when the last snowflake fell on May 5, they found themselves ready for the next step....

11th Annual Holiday Train Displays Spark Joy at Wind Crest

Dec 20, 2018

Wind Crest is full of holiday cheer this month thanks to residents in the Model Railroad Club and a few of Santa’s helpers.

About 20 residents worked together to build three beautiful holiday train displays in locations throughout the community. With themes like The North Pole, Christmas in the City, and Alpine Village, each display has a different look and feel, but each one enhances the entire community’s enjoyment of the holiday season.

The intricate set-ups are designed and constructed by residents led by the community’s Model Railroad Club. Other residents, including retired electrical and aeronautical engineers, lend...

Fly’n B Café Opens at Wind Crest

Dec 6, 2018

Wind Crest recently celebrated the re-opening of one of its signature dining venues, the Fly’n B Café.

Located in the community’s High Line Overlook neighborhood, the cafe is named for the property on which Wind Crest now sits, formerly known as the Fly’n B Ranch. Since the mid-1800s, the property has played host to prospectors, horticulturists, gamblers, ranchers and dairy farmers. The most recent owner, John Bowen, was an avid pilot of small aircraft and could often be seen landing his Cessna on the ranch’s dirt runway. The ranch’s name was a nod to Bowen’s love for aviation....

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

Nov 20, 2018

Wind Crest ’s continuing care neighborhood was recently named a “Best Nursing Home” by U.S. News & World Report.

"This recognition by U.S. News & World Report reaffirms what I see every day in our staff’s commitment to providing each and every resident with exceptional, compassionate care,” said Wind Crest Executive Director Craig Erickson.

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 designation of a U.S. News Best Nursing Home.

Wind Crest is one of seven Erickson Living-managed communities...

A family affair at Wind Crest

Nov 14, 2018

Sandy Woudstra was so impressed with the quality of life, financial structure, and amenities that her parents, Bud and Wilma DeBoer, experienced at Wind Crest retirement community in Highlands Ranch that when a position opened up in the sales office there, she decided to join the team. Now, as a sales professional at Wind Crest, Sandy helps others take advantage of the active, engaged retirement lifestyle her mother feels so fortunate to enjoy.

“When my parents started the process of moving to Wind Crest, I was really impressed with the care, the steps, and the support they...

Wind Crest Honors Employees with 10+ Years of Service

Nov 12, 2018

Wind Crest recently honored 22 employees who have served Erickson Living residents for a decade or more.

“At Wind Crest, we are fortunate to have an incredible team committed to serving seniors,” said Craig Erickson, Executive Director at Wind Crest . “The fact that we are able to recognize more than 20 members of that team who have been with us for more than a decade each fills me with pride and speaks to the strength of our culture.”

Honorees included Erickson, Liz Elder, Beth Brandenburg, Mary Thorne, Rachel Lacharite, Mia Baca, Marla McLain, Christopher...

There’s no better time to move to Wind Crest than the present

Aug 17, 2018

When Judy Brookhart visited Breckenridge, Colorado to help plan her daughter’s wedding, she ended up loving the mountains so much that she bought a condo in Highlands Ranch and relocated there from Long Beach, California. With her daughter and family nearby, she retired from a career in interior design to care for her two young granddaughters. Fifteen years later and with the grandkids grown and in school (14 and 11) she began to consider moving to Wind Crest , the area’s premier retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living .

“I started looking into Wind Crest...

Wind Crest -- Local Writing Coach Directs Attention to Her First Novel

May 29, 2018

Wind Crest’s Royalene Doyle takes a sabbatical, shifting from one passion to another

This year, author and writing coach Royalene Doyle is trading one facet of her career for another. She’s cutting back on helping others with their manuscripts and memoirs so she can concentrate on her own—a novel that’s been in the works since 2009. So while she’s shifting gears, she’s not slowing down.

Doyle is part of a national demographic employment trend. Employment rates for older adults are the highest they’ve been in 55 years. Almost 19 percent of people 65 or...

Wind Crest Opens New Residential Building – Mt. Rosa Court

May 8, 2018

Responding to increasing demand for senior housing in Douglas County

Highlands Ranch, Colo. (May 8, 2018) – On May 1, 2018, Wind Crest, an Erickson Living developed and managed continuing care retirement community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., opened a new independent living building with 126 apartment-style homes.

“As the demand for our product offerings continue to expand, the need for another residence building was without question,” said Senior Sales Director Jason Atwell. “We have listened to what people want most in an active retirement community and delivered in a way...