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A family affair at Wind Crest

November 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 received," she says. "Their experience moving in here made me want to help others discover this lifestyle." 

Although Bud passed in October of 2017, both Sandy and Wilma are grateful for the experiences they all enjoyed together at Wind Crest, and now, Sandy appreciates the support and friendships that her mom has on campus even more.

"I liked it from the moment we moved in," says Sandy's mom, Wilma. "I enjoy the activities offered here, the setting, and that everything is nice and handy here. You don't feel like you're right near a big city. It's quiet here, and I like that."

She also likes being closer to her children. Before moving to Wind Crest from a townhouse in a 55+ community in Aurora, it was a 30-mile round trip to visit family. Now? Just one. And of course, Sandy is just a short walk down the hall.

Living at Wind Crest for the past seven years, Wilma has gotten involved through the community and regularly participates regularly in many of the myriad activities available.

She belongs to the Women's Club and plays cards with friends. She also enjoys taking day trips, touring the area's many breathtaking sites. Favorite trips include the fall color tour, visiting Evergreen, Idaho Springs, and Blackhawk for stunning displays of fall leaves. "That was just gorgeous," Wilma says.

Wilma says she has been able to enjoy retirement so much thanks to Wind Crest's sound financial structure and convenient monthly service package, which includes nearly all living expenses such as a flexible meal plan, round-the-clock security and maintenance, utilities, and use of campus amenities.

"The monthly service package is convenient. Everything is included," says Wilma, a retired office manager for Lincoln Life Insurance. "If I have anything that needs to be fixed or goes wrong, [the service department is] here quickly. It's good to know everything is taken care of and that I don't have to worry about a thing."

Wind Crest, one of 19 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 84-acre campus in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The community is located in Douglas County and is home to more than 1,300 residents. Additional information about Wind Crest can be found at