b'From the Everglades to East Ridge,Sandy Dayhoff Keeps Growing. SANTAFE SENIOR LIVING | EAST RIDGE AT CUTLER BAYSandy felt the community was everything they were looking for. East Ridge offered many things to do as well as the option to enjoy the peace and tranquility in their Villa. She was pleased she was able to bring many of her plants with her, including her orchids.It was kind of a natural transition to move here, says Sandy. The whole place is like a garden! All these acresits just amazing. The tropical vegetation is incredible. Theres always something blooming here. She continues, With the Garden Center, I was able to bring thousands of my plants with me to put in the greenhouse. That worked out really well.The Garden Center at East Ridge includes a spacious greenhouse and garden shop. Sandy enjoys weeding and watering and can be found at the Garden Center just about every other day.W hen she was 17, Sandy Dayhoff, aSandy acknowledges she doesnt have a fourth-generation Floridian, movedMaster Gardener certification but has learned from Miami to the Everglades with herover the years how to care for plants. I enjoy husband. There, in Big Cypress Nationalhelping people and am happy to pass along Preserve, in a home they built on five acrestips, she says. of tropical hardwood hammock surrounded by water, they lived for 57 years. Her yardWeve only been here a year and a half now. was heavily gardened with tropical speciesBut because I work at the Garden Center, Ive of plants and orchids and included an aviary;met a lot more people. It really clicked for us. they even had peacocks. And Im very, very happy here.During that time, Sandy worked as a Park Ranger and Outreach Coordinator in chargeThe Security of LifeCareof the environmental education program for Everglades National Park. She taught childrenAs a Life Plan Community, East Ridge about the Everglades ecosystem and wouldprovides residents with peace of mind take them camping and hiking. She retired infor the future and predictable health 2006 then worked in the cultural program forcare costs. If health needs change, the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida until 2019. assisted living, memory support, respite care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation In 2019, her husband, a Law Enforcementare available on campus in Three Palms, Ranger in the Everglades, became ill withthe communitys new LEED-certified cancer and required treatment. They decidedhealth services center. Residents enjoy to move to a more convenient location andpriority access to care as well as a chose East Ridge at Cutler Bay. seamless delivery of services.4'