My dad has been at Oak Crest since 2008, and he would not want to be anywhere else, its home to him and it’s because it is clean, well maintained, excellent meals, and of course the staff who regards him as family!
— Pam Mydill Cooper

Our Mission & Philosophy 

Our mission is to provide a comforting home for older adults. We provide private rooms to call home, personal care, support and hope. We use a realistic approach to life care that is human centered and our members thrive as a result of this unique approach.

Oak Crest is a 501c3 not for profit organization; all donations are 100% tax deductible. Oak Crest is private organization with no outside sponsorship, affiliations or funding, fully self-sustaining, governed by volunteers who designate the leadership and day to day operation to the Executive Director.

Our History

Oak Crest was founded by local philanthropists to meet a growing need for care of older adults. In 1901 George and Mary Lord leveled their home and donated the site for the construction of the Old Peoples Home of Elgin. In the 1950’s the name was changed to Oak Crest Residence and in 2000 the Atrium was added. 

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Our Experienced Staff

We believe that no matter how high you rise in your career, no matter how much expertise you gain, you still need to keep your knowledge and insights refreshed. To do that a question why or what approach takes place. A completely different conversation building the approach with empathy, considers options. Empathy is about understanding needs even when they can’t be articulated.

We have over a century of experience nurturing older adults. The longevity of staff members notes the dedication to our mission. The Executive Director Susan Cincinelli has 44 tenure and Administrator of Member Services Margaret Walter 35 years. 

A “Tenure Team” with each member serving 10 years or more tops the experienced staff. 

We are proud to deliver unwavering reliability every day.