The Benefits of Being a Tallgrass Creek Team Member

By Susan Ingram
February 22, 2024
The Benefits of Being a Tallgrass Creek Team Member with Ashley Werthman

Ashley Werthman started working at Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Senior Living community in Overland Park, Kans., in March of 2021 as an assistant project manager. In October 2022 she applied for her current position as customer service and communications manager. 

“I love all of the opportunities Erickson Senior Living opens up for us within the company,” Ashley says. “I plan to continue to learn new things and keep moving forward!”

Tallgrass Creek offers team members a generous and unique package of attractive benefits, including paid leave, health insurance, retirement, and health and well-being incentives, while supporting personal career goals.

Ashley used the tuition reimbursement to go back to college to finish her bachelor’s degree.

“With three kids in college, this has helped us tremendously!” she says. “I am due to graduate in May of 2024. I am so very thankful for this benefit.”

“Erickson Senior Living has wonderful benefits,” she adds. “It is definitely one of the many perks for working here. I do have health insurance benefits for my family, which are amazing. The health care premiums are extremely reasonable.”

Since 1983, Erickson Senior Living’s growing, nationwide network of communities has delivered on its mission to people live better lives. As one of the most respected names in senior living, those driven to make a difference thrive, every day, in Erickson careers.

“Embracing the culture, team members use their passions and talents helping residents and colleagues live better lives,” says Nicole Walker, vice president of human resources. “Erickson Senior Living recognizes the invaluable contributions employees make, providing them a robust package of benefits reflecting our commitment to financial stability, health and well-being, and work-life balance.”

Tallgrass Creek’s comprehensive rewards go beyond typical employee benefits and include tuition reimbursement, company matched  401Ks, generous paid time off, online training, advancement opportunities, on-site employee health and well-being centers, discount programs, pet insurance, and more!

“Whenever employees share career plans and goals with leadership, we collaborate with them to develop individual career strategies,” says Betsy Garrett, Tallgrass Creek human resources director. “That might include advancing in their current field, such as customer service, or transitioning to another.”

Erickson Senior Living offers unique rewards to help team members like Ashley bring their best selves to work each day, including Annual Well-Being Visits, complimentary check-ups, free access to wellness workshops, fitness challenges, health trackers and more via the Health Advocate app. 

“Our benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, has so many affordable options,” Garrett adds. “We also have a host of other wellness offerings, including our Wellness Fund, Health Advocate, and MDLIVE telehealth.”

“The well-being programs are fantastic, too,” Ashley says. “I love the Health Advocate app and use it for weight management, stress management, being healthier, and more. Also, using the wellness benefits toward things like massages, exercise equipment, weight loss apps, is a huge benefit.”

The Wellness Fund, for employees enrolled in an Erickson Senior Living medical plan, offers up to $260 in reimbursement for personal wellness expenses like home exercise equipment, fitness classes, athletic shoes, weight loss programs, and more. Plus, MDLIVE offers the opportunity to connect with licensed therapists. 

Ashley appreciates paid time off, too, which she calls “fantastic.”

“I love vacationing with family and even just taking a three-day weekend now and then,” Ashley says. “I’m able to do all of that with the amount of time off we receive.”

“I love working at Tallgrass Creek for many reasons. One is, of course, the wonderful benefits we receive, but also because everyone I work with is truly caring,” she says. “We all work so well as a team, and any of my fellow employees would help in a second. It’s such a positive atmosphere and so rewarding to help the residents that live here!”

For more information on career opportunities at Tallgrass Creek, check out their website, or visit

Photo Credit: Andrew Ryan