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Retirement living at Wind Crest exceeds expectations

June 17, 2019

For one resident, retirement community's lifestyle and value provide more than anticipated

Highlands Ranch, Colo. – June 17, 2019 – If Bill Snow had listened to his initial assumptions about maintenance-free retirement living at Wind Crest, he would still be living alone, maintaining a large house, and isolated from social interaction. Instead, he now plays pool with his buddies every day but Sunday and can't walk down the hall without running into a familiar face.

"I wasn't sure if it was for me. Before I made any big decisions, I wanted to better understand the lifestyle Wind Crest offered, as well as the financial structure," Bill says of his initial reaction to the continuing care retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living in Highlands Ranch.

It's easy to see why he wanted to know more—Wind Crest residents live maintenance-free in spacious, modern, one- or two-bedroom apartment homes and have access to state-of-the-art facilities and amenities. Yet Wind Crest's sound financial structure makes it a smart retirement living option for many.

"Our mission is to make sure that Wind Crest stays affordable for the average middle-income person. We have looked at our competition and what we offer for our price point. We definitely offer a much better value for what you pay when you factor in the incredible amenities and lifestyle offered at Wind Crest. It's a smart investment," says Sales Director Krista Wagner.

Sound financial structure

There are three basic components to Wind Crest's financial structure: a 90 percent refundable entrance deposit, a predictable monthly service package, and the benevolent care fund.

The 90 percent refundable entrance deposit provides financial security to residents and their beneficiaries. Those who move to Wind Crest enjoy the security of knowing their one-time entrance deposits are 90 percent refundable. Should they choose to move from campus, 90 percent of their deposit will be returned and, should they choose to spend the rest of their lives at Wind Crest, 90 percent of the deposit will be refunded to their beneficiaries. 

A predictable monthly service package covers all the expenses associated with traditional homeownership—from property taxes and utilities to home maintenance and repairs—as well as a wide range of amenities, including meals at Wind Crest's exceptional dining venues, a day spa and salon, heated indoor pool, fitness center, game room, on-site medical center and more. 

Finally, the benevolent care fund is at the heart of an incredible commitment that Wind Crest makes to residents. Through the benevolent care fund, the community provides residents with peace of mind that they will never be asked to leave their home due to financial hardship stemming from unforeseen circumstances. Funds are raised through a mix of annual and legacy-giving campaigns, managed by the Philanthropy Department. 

Value for price paid

"When you look at what's out there, we're a value player in the market," says Wagner. "What you get for what you pay is substantially more than you'll find at other communities."

That's the way Bill and his daughter Dee Koinzin felt when they visited Wind Crest. "We went all over the city, and the difference between the kind of reception we got here and all the activities and dances and concerts was much more than any of the other places we went," Dee says.

Loving life at Wind Crest

Now, Dee watches her father enjoy his life. Aside from his daily billiards games, he attends happy hour and dinner with friends nightly, takes part in campus events, and has served as an ambassador to others considering a move to the community.

"We have stores to go to, choice of restaurants to eat at, movies, all kinds of card games if you want," Bill says. "There's enough to keep people busy. Exercise rooms and classes—everything you would find in a resort."

When he's in the mood for down time, he retreats to his comfortable one-bedroom apartment home where he settles on his couch in the sunlight with a good book and music "turned on real low."

As Dee's husband, Tim, says, "For someone who didn't want to move out of his house and move here, he's doing great."

Bill agrees that he's changed his tune: "It's really great living here."

Wind Crest is a not-for-profit organization developed and managed by Erickson Living. The community is governed by its own board of directors affiliated with National Senior Campuses, who provide independent financial and operational oversight of the community.

About Wind Crest: Wind Crest, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 84-acre campus in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The not-for-profit community of more than 1,300 residents and 600 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses, who provide independent financial and operational oversight of the community. Additional information can be found at

Photo Credit: Julia Collins

Photo Caption: When making the careful decision to move to Wind Crest, Bill Snow made sure to get all the facts about the community's financial structure. By working with Wind Crest's friendly Sales team, he found the perfect apartment home for his lifestyle and budget. Now, he's living a vibrant, maintenance-fee retirement and loving every moment.