Looking back and stepping forward as the calendar changes...

It has been a life altering year. But then I guess every year for everyone is a life-altering year.
comedian Amy Schumer

I read something recently that made me stop to reflect. The article had to do with how time goes by as quickly as the snap of a finger and blink of an eye, and it's gone. The piece went on to say that we are never taught to expect such quick passage of time  and that every moment should be a celebration and not taken for granted.

My wish for you and all those I love is that some of that very true sentiment takes hold and that this "new" year is filled with moments we savor and enjoy. 


Christmas angels past and present

People who are Christmas angels have always found a way to transform ordinary days into miraculous days of delight.

Sandy Campbell and his wife Rebecca Dowling have had a long history with Oak Crest. Beginning with Sandy's mother " Marti" who lived at Oak Crest. Then Sandy volunteered with a distinguished service career as a member of the Board of Directors, serving in all capacities and leading the organization in building the Atrium and followed by being the benefactor who made the Campbell Center reality. 

There is something really wonderful about Christmas gifts from angels they feel good and have the capacity to do great things. Ever generous in spite of living in Colorado, Sandy and Rebecca remain Christmas angels for Oak Crest and all who receive services from Oak Crest. So once again in today's mail the Christmas angels transformed an ordinary day into a miraculous day of delight. 

Thank you

What makes a hero?

November is staff appreciation month at Oak Crest

Each day there is something remarkable happening here. Some days it is a quiet moment, others the sound of people exchanging comments and every day there are lingering tones of encouragement. Working to create a sense of support in a nonjudgmental, nurturing manner is difficult work. The staff at Oak Crest are expert at this art.  

My grandmother was a wonderful woman and I think about her when I am with the members, and how I would want her to be treated, with love and respect.
— Margaret

Executive Director celebrates 44 years on the job

Susan has spearheaded many improvements since she began leadership of the organization in addition to the current major project in Oak Crest adding private restrooms and more than doublingthe size of each private room. There have been many highlights which have been quite impressive, here are just some accomplishments: installation of two elevators, addition of the Atrium, Cellar Pub, George's Stage and Mary's Assembly Hall, renovation to Oak Crest's kitchen and all common rooms. The copyrighted Keeping Program for memory care and Campbell Center, coupled with community programs Community Dinner and Friends Breakfast for community.  A favorite motto is " I wondered why somebody doesn't do something and then I remembered, I am somebody".  Quick to site the work of others, Susan adds that nothing is ever accomplished by just one person, " I have been fortunate to work with many talented staff members and many volunteers who gave of their time, talent and resources to support me and Oak Crest and I am very grateful."

2nd Tuesday Bake Sale

On the second Tuesday of every month we bake.
It is so Delicious
the best part is the bread is decorated to take to a party!
Whatever the occasion
like Fathers Day coming up
You can pick up your bread and give the perfect gift. 

This is just one of our many fun(d) raisers
call and reserve your bread today!

Special lunch with the Honorary Easter Bunny

Lunch with Foo

the honorary Easter Bunny! 

Enjoy lunch with the real live Easter Bunny Foo
Saturday April 15th from 11:30 to 1 pm

Kids young and old will have a chance to pet Foo, the family pet of staff member Liz, who has offered to share Foo with all the guests. 

Lunch in the Cellar Pub is always free for our members
Guests are asked to make a nominal donation.
Please call 8477422255 for a reservation

Oak Crest presents the 30th Anniversary of 

Grandma's Porch
October 31st 3 to 5 pm

every year the members dress in their most creative costumes and take great care to decorate the front porch in the most frightening Halloween style
and then
the little people who visit with their own costumes and bags open for treats come and visit.

what could be more fun
than a visit to Grandma's Porch on Halloween? 
could be the original spirit of the season

You are invited to a weekly Birthday Party 112 years of Oak Crest

112th Birthday

Oak Crest is having a big birthday,
and you are invited to come to a weekly party.
Wed. Happy Hour in the Cellar Pub at 4 pm.

with so many years to celebrate we couldn't have just one celebration, so we hope one of the Wednesdays in September will be a convenient time for you to stop by and help us mark our special occasion. We will be serving refreshments and sharing stories of the remarkable heritage of Oak Crest Residence in Elgin. 

Oak Crest Members suffer from Cubs Fever

It has been a breathtaking summer for Chicago Baseball Fans and we have quite a few. Many comments start this way "Can you believe we lived long enough to see it?" and on it goes. The remarkable season of the hometown heroes our Cubbies. 
But the surge has done much for those who are armchair followers; our Atrium is decked out with memorabilia and a daily tally for the team is front and center. Even more than the hats, pins, jerseys and old photos are the memories and the chance to relive them. Oh the stories that have been shared.Thanks to the Cubs for a chance to be young at heart again. For more on some of the members memories please check us out on Facebook.

Summertime and the living is easy

Just like the Good Old Days

Members enjoy the leisure moments of just watching the cars go by or a garden in bloom; visiting with an icy lemonade or iced tea and sharing the memories of summers past. The summer is the long awaited time of year that goes by much too quickly and seems to stand slowly as the lazy days are here. 
Things are easy to enjoy and as the porch fills and reminiscence takes hold, the summer breeze reminds us that all too soon the joy of just sitting and enjoying whatever goes by will be gone again, So we remind you to come sit and have a cold drink with us and enjoy every minute of the all too fleeting summertime. 

Lucky to have parents and show it

We all wear lots of hats, none of them more important than parent and child. If you are lucky enough to still have your parents don't forget to share your smiles with them!

A great place to share some laughs with mom and dad is our monthly Community Dinner every third Monday of the month. On Monday March 21st at 6 pm we will feature a traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. Call early for reservations 847 742 2255, this one is popular! No Blarney