When researching their retirement living options, Leanne and Howard Lauren looked at a variety of communities before deciding that Wind Crest, the Erickson Senior Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., offered the most for their money by far.
The Laurens were impressed by the abundant financial and lifestyle benefits of the popular community. The convenient monthly service package makes budgeting a breeze, top-notch amenities create high value, and the 90% refundable entrance deposit* provides peace of mind.
At the heart of Wind Crest's financial structure is the industry-leading 90% refundable entrance deposit, which guarantees that, if or when you leave the community, your investment will be returned to you or your beneficiaries.
The monthly service package includes heating and air conditioning; all utilities, except phone and internet; a meal plan at on-site restaurants; maintenance, including repair and replacement of appliances; access to fitness centers and a swimming pool; regularly scheduled transportation; 24-hour security and emergency response, and so much more.
"We prefer having the entrance deposit and a more reasonable monthly fee," says Leanne. "The monthly service package covers almost everything, and every month there is only one bill, which we set up on autopay!"
'Feeling of security'
The Laurens were also impressed by Wind Crest's Home for Life promise, which is fulfilled through the Resident Care Fund. The fund provides financial assistance to those who, through no fault of their own, outlive their resources.
"We didn't find anywhere else that offered that," says Leanne. "Without kids, it was even more important to us to have the security of the Home for Life guarantee--and access to all the different levels of care offered at Wind Crest. We love that feeling of security."
"This makes for a much better community," adds Howard.
In addition, if they were to change their minds, they wouldn't lose everything, as can happen with other communities.
"We came to Wind Crest planning that it would be our home for life, but it's nice to know that if, for whatever reason, we wanted to leave, we could get 90% of our deposit back," says Leanne. "If we live out our lives here, it will go to our heirs."
More free time
Sales director Krista Wagner says it's common for Wind Crest residents to find that living there is less expensive than many other options.
"By living at Wind Crest, residents don't have to worry about the costs of having a house, such as property taxes, high home insurance premiums, homeowners' association fees, and unexpected maintenance or repairs," Wagner explains.
She continues, "Instead of spending your hard-earned nest egg and time on a house that isn't serving your needs or interests anymore, you can live at Wind Crest, where there is so much to do. You can participate in as many of the 180 resident-run clubs as you want, see your circle of friends expand, take college-style classes taught on campus by knowledgeable residents, enjoy live entertainment such as concerts and plays, and live your best life every day!"
Leanne and Howard agree. When they're not enjoying their two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home, they take advantage of everything the community has to offer.
The couple participates in the Trail Hikers Club, takes classes through the Learners program, and plants vegetables in a garden space they tend to on campus. In addition, Howard bikes--on and off campus--and has joined the Woodworkers Club.
"There's a shop on campus that's practically free to belong to, and you have access to equipment and portable tools you can borrow. There are people I've met who have run maintenance shops, been in charge of construction, and even built harpsichords from the ground up," says Howard.
When they lived in their old house, he notes, "I had a one-car garage, so I was always trying to find space for projects." Now, he has lots of room to build and is taking advantage of it.
"He's made planters for our balcony, and he just made me a plant stand," says Leanne. "You can do as much as you want to do, but you're not committed to having your own woodshop. It's great!"
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*As per the Residence and Care Agreement.