Sarasota area retirement community receives HIGHEST national quality award from the American Health Care Association!

Sarasota area retirement community receives HIGHEST national quality award from the American Health Care Association!

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living has recognized Village On The Isle as a tier four achiever for our skilled nursing facility, Luke Haven. This is the highest designation centers can achieve. There were numerous goals and achievements required for this designation such as; increased staff stability, increased customer satisfaction and reduced hospital readmissions. “We are proud of our entire Luke Haven team under the leadership of Kristy Tolley, Assistant Administrator, for this remarkable achievement award,” states Tom Kelly, Village’s long time CEO. Luke Haven has always been committed to quality and providing the best for their residents. Village On The Isle is currently the only Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Venice, FL.  In honor of their success, Village On The Isle will attend the AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium in February in Austin Texas where they will be recognized for their achievements.

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Village On The Isle is a full service, not-for-profit, faith based, continuing care retirement community located less than half a mile from the Gulf of Mexico in beautiful Venice, Florida. Our goal at Luke Haven skilled nursing facility is to assist our residents to return to their previous home setting or meet their long-term care needs. This is a 60-bed skilled nursing facility providing extensive medical rehabilitation & therapy. Therapy is provided 7 days a week (depending on physicians orders) to meet the needs of our residents. For more information visit



Continuing Care Retirement Centers, “A Retired Senior’s Best Choice.”

Continuing Care Retirement Centers, “A Retired Senior’s Best Choice.”

Retirement communities are not all the same and great care should be exercised in choosing which community best meets your needs.  This blog, written by Village, CEO Mr. Tom Kelly supports this statement.

Assisted Living SarasotaIn Florida, seniors have the option of choosing a community (CCRC) that meets specific State of Florida criteria which makes it the wisest choice and most consumer friendly choice of all the options.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are regulated under Chapter 651 Florida Statutes through the Office of Insurance Regulation.  This is the ultimate in consumer protection for seniors.

The regulations require many things of the CCRC provider of service including:

  1. Using State of Florida approved contracts.
  2. CCRCs must maintain significant cash reserves that the Office of Insurance Regulation has authority over protecting the residents’ contracts.
  3. Financial transactions of the community must be transparent and made available to the residents.
  4. Community residents must be provided a minimum four opportunities per year to meet directly with the Board of Directors/Trustee in an open meeting.
  5. Time specific refunds.
  6. Community must provide copies of inspection reports to the residents of the community and perspective residents upon request.
  7. Residents are self-governing and the State of Florida validates that management does not interfere with the residents being self-governing.
  8. Numerous other benefits for living in a CCRC.

Retirement communities (self-labeled) who are not Continuing Care Retirement Communities are not required and frequently do not meet all or any of the standards noted above.

The consumer in these non-CCRC type of organizations must rely upon the promises made without anyway of verifying the completeness of the promises.

Remember:  It is always a good idea to trust and verify all promises made by all retirement communities prior to investing your retirement dollars.

At Village On The Isle we welcome this scrutiny and applaud the seniors for their due diligence.  Check us out at (, our website ( or call us at 941-486-5484 to arrange a tour 7 days per week 365 days per year.  Carol will be happy to set-up a tour that is convenient for your schedule.


This blog was written by, Thomas Kelly, C.E.O. Director of Sales/Marketing




Why relationships are so important in this Sarasota area Retirement Community …

Why relationships are so important in this Sarasota area Retirement Community …

At Village On The Isle, we don’t just care for our residents we truly care about them.  The relationships that our residents have with the staff are so important.  Not only are they so precious but also they are key to the overall well-being and quality of life for our residents.  Many of our residents come to Florida to retire from up north, where their families still live.  Imagine the void that is filled when our residents have the company of our youth who work around campus here at Village.  For example, residents enjoy watching our students who work in the dining room go through high school, share the latest news on the iPhone & iPad, then watch them graduate & enter into college as young adults.  Yes, they may visit their grandchildren from time to time, but there is nothing like the day-to-day interaction that occurs here on campus.  Equally important are the relationships the residents form with our nursing, management and operational staff.  When you walk through the halls of this campus you will often see the Village team mingling with our residents, most everyone knows each other on a first name basis and you can genuinely see the happiness as they greet one another.  When we say we are a “Continuing Care Retirement Community, “ we really mean we are a community of friends & family.  And without sounding boastful, we are not certain that you can find this in every retirement community.

Just a few pictures to show you how important our relationships (both with staff and residents) really are …

Recently to celebrate National Housekeeping Week, Village On The Isle management took our 18 member housekeeping team to lunch.  It’s very important for us to show our appreciation for the hard work, dedication and passion that this team gives on a daily basis.

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Pictured here, Luke Haven resident Jocelyn B. with Activities Director, Brian Couch watering the plants together after a period of hot, dry weather.  Rumor has it Jocelyn even sprayed Brian –all in good fun!

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Retirement Community begins kitchen renovation

Village On The Isle is excited to begin our Kitchen Renovation Project.

While we routinely update and change out our cooking and refrigeration equipment on an on-going basis, the physical structure of the building is 30+ years old and needs to be updated.  Some of the major renovation that will be completed includes:

  • Replacement of drain lines under the floor,
  • Replacement of walls and ceilings
  • Brand new HVAC system (heating/cooling system)
  • New exhaust systems,
  • New custom built food prep and serving areas will be installed,
  • Upgrades on equipment such as an additional walk-in cooler for uncooked meats and proteins and a blast chiller to quickly cool down heated foods.

For approx. 5-6 months starting by the second week in January of 2015, we will be out of our main production kitchen.  All of our cooking and refrigerated equipment will be un-installed and stored on site and then be re-installed once the kitchen has been renovated.  

During the kitchen renovation project we have contracted with a modular kitchen rental company to provide us a temporary modular kitchen system to produce the food for our residents.  The modular kitchen will consist of 4 main 56’ x 11’ buildings that interlock together creating a cooking area that will have the exact same cooking and warming equipment that we currently use, prep areas, and a full dish wash and pot and pan sink area.  There will also be (2) 10’ x 20’ walk-in freezers, (2) 10’ x 20’ walk-in refrigerators and (1) 10’ x 20’ dry and canned storage room that attach into the main modular kitchen structure.  The temporary kitchen will be set up on the driveway between our Marketing and Communications Lobby entrances with access in and out via an ADA ramp system.

The modular kitchen system is due to arrive on November 19th with installation taking about a 1-1/2 weeks to crane lift the modular structure onto supports and attach the buildings together.  Then hurricane tie downs will be installed, the buildings sealed together along with a/c and exhaust equipment installed etc..   Then our on-site kitchen contractor will need to connect all the electric, gas, water, and sewer lines from our current buildings into the leased modular kitchen system. After all of this work is complete, we will have inspections by the local building department, Fire Marshal, and Health Departments before we can operate out of the modular kitchen.  We expect to this completed by the week of December 15th.

Once we are permitted to use the modular kitchen we will slowly move our food production into the temporary structure over the remainder of December running a parallel operation out of the temporary kitchen and our main production kitchen.  After the first week in January we will move the entire food production operation into the modular kitchen.

Once we are fully operational, all food production, prep, and washing will occur in the modular kitchen.  Food will be prepared in batches and transported by insulated rolling hot boxes to each of our dining rooms to be served to our resident via a buffet style system.  All Dishes will be transported back and forth to the modular kitchen’s dish/pot and pan area.

Retirement Kitchen RemodelAs you can see this is a major operation, one that we have carefully planned out and one that will ensure we don’t skip a beat when it comes to the quality of food for our residents!  We look forward the start and finish of the kitchen renovation project and hope to keep everyone updated as progress is made.

This blog was written by Mike Donelan, Director of Food Services at Village On The Isle.

Keeping it clean in this retirement community!

Here at this continuing care retirement community we take great pride in our appearance and cleanliness. With a housekeeping team of 30 dedicated and seasoned employees, when you walk through the doors of our amazing campus it feels like you’re walking into a 5 star resort.  The floors are always sparkling, the air is always fresh, the windows glistening and most importantly our residents are always smiling.  Our staff has many years of experience and we strive to be the best “clean team” on the Isle of Venice.

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Village On The Isle consists of Independent, Assisted and Skilled living areas.  We have 4 buildings and 7 cottages that make up our campus and each one is just as important as the next to maintain. One of the 4 buildings is our skilled nursing building “Luke Haven” which just recently went through a state survey. The outcome of the survey was very favorable, resulting in ZERO deficiencies along with surveyor comments noting how this building was one of the “cleanest buildings they had surveyed in a very long time.”  Way to go VOTI team!

Just recently our pool area was renovated into a beautiful, tranquil paradise.  With that, the task of keeping the pool area sparkling & supplied with fresh towels has been added to our housekeeping “to do” list.  Keeping the buildings clean on the inside is very important.  However, during these hot summer months, we realize staying cool by the pool is just as important to the residents.   We want to make sure the swimming area is clean and comfortable for everyone to enjoy.

I am very proud of my team and even more proud to be part of a team that has the opportunity to enhance the lives of our residents!  For questions related to housekeeping here at Village On The Isle, please feel free to content me directly.

Blog written by:

Missy Collard

Director Of Housekeeping


Retirement Community Resident honored by US Submarine Veterans

Silent Service … Run Silent, Run Deep

IMG_3696Leonard “Bull” Durham, resident of Village on the Isle, was honored by the United States Submarine Veterans on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Bull served on the USS Crevalle from 1944-1946 and was recognized for 50 years of Submarine Qualification and service to our country. He was inducted into the Holland Club as testimony of his years of honorable and faithful service to the U.S. Navy and the Submarine Force. Welcome Aboard, Shipmate!

The USS Sailfish base was established in 2007 for submariners in Venice and the surrounding areas. The base meets the third Thursday of each month at noon at American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 located at 1770 E. Venice Avenue. Interested submariners are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Jack McAllister at (941) 493-7488.

CCRC VeniceIMG_3686USS Sailfish base members pictured from L to R: Al Harring, one of the cornerstones of the base; Leonard “Bull” Durham, July 2014 inductee; and Jack McAllister, Sr. Vice Commander

Actively retired in a Florida Continuing Care Retirement Community

Actively retired in a Florida Continuing Care Retirement Community

Downtown Venice SignThere’s always something to do at Village On The Isle. The recreation department presents well-balanced and enriching activities for our residents. It is through a combination of social, educational, spiritual and physical events that our seniors are fulfilled. Social engagements such as dinner parties, film viewings, musical concerts, bridge and happy hour are offered. Some of our recent outings have been to: The Big Cat Habitant, Bok Towers, The Key Lime Festival at Fisherman’s Village, Solomon’s Castle, Rays baseball field, The Venice Symphony, Venice Concert Band, The Venice Theatre and The Lemonbay Theatre. We’ve seen performances from such acts as Les Gowan, Bill Milner, and Sparrow in our Renaissance Room.

Seniors using iPadsWe’ve also improved our driving with a 55+ driving class presented by AAA, and improved our technology skills with our iPad class keeping our residents connected! Join us as we look forward to more educational challenges and classes being offered in the future.

Physical health is also emphasized at VOTI.  Multiple fitness classes are offered every weekday ranging from cardio and body toning to swimming, Wii games, and Tai Chi.

Faith Based Retirement CommunitySpiritual fulfillment comes in many forms within our community. Even though we are affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we seek to provide activities that will grant satisfaction to those with various religious beliefs and practices, as well as for individuals seeking spiritual answers. Rev. Don Hillerich and visiting spiritual leaders from different faiths provide a mid-week service each week.

The Recreation Department tries to offer a wide range of opportunities for fun, so don’t forget to check your monthly calendar of events, or tune into our VCTV on channel 195, with twenty-four hour access to some of our upcoming events:

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1. July 4 – patriot music with Frank Alvarez and the Crow’s Nest for their special 4th of July dinner and fireworks viewing

2. July 8 – Lunch at O’Bricks and a trip to see the DaVinci Machines Exhibit at the Bradenton Auditorium

3. July 9 – Entertainment by Al Lister

4. July 11 –  Veterans’ Lunch at the Elks Club

5. July 13 – Stepping out to dinner at Lock & Key

6. July 15 – Shopping at Port Charlotte Mall

7. July 22 – Lunch at the Breakfast House

8. July 23 – Dance demonstration by Fred Astaire Dance Studio

9. July 26 – Ringling Museum –Fakes and Forgeries

In August we will have guest speaker present on the topic of “Stress” and we’ll visit the Bishop Planetarium, South Florida Museum and the Parker Manatee Aquarium.  Looking forward to seeing you at the next event!!

by Kathleen Campbell, Recreation Director





Independent Living and the Freedom to Choose!

Independent Living FloridaFreedom, liberty, and autonomy are all words that describe independence.  It is what we strive for as children and as adolescents.  Oh how we long for the day that we are free to make our own choices!  As we grow into adulthood and beyond, we of course learn from our mistakes and grow from them.

Decisions like where to go to school, who to marry, where to raise our children, the list goes on and on.  And so we learn and live day by day enjoying the freedom of our choices.  Freedom is the ability to make decisions and live our lives free from the control or influence of other people that deeply satisfies our sense of self.  This deep rooted desire does not leave us as we age.  If anything, we hold onto as much control as possible.  Let’s face it; growing older can be full of surprises!

Planning for retirement is one of the surest ways to maintain the independence you have worked so hard for all your life.  By age seventy-five you should begin to research your options.  Decisions can be difficult unless you educate yourself about the many options there are in retirement communities that are available to you.  For example, does a Continuing Care Retirement Community make sense for you?  If so, what are the benefits, when is the right time to move, can I afford this lifestyle?

We find that smart seniors will have researched various retirement choices, both close to home or near a relative.  Visiting multiple communities takes time, but will be worth it to find your perfect home.  If the time is taken to visit and explore each place, examine any differences, and visit places that seem to fit the bill, it will be a much easier transition.  If research is done early and a plan is made, everyone will be much happier with their decision. Let’s face it, it’s our life, shouldn’t we spend our retirement where we want and with the people we want?

Happy Independence to all the seniors out there from Village On The Isle!



iPad reducing Depression?

iPad reducing Depression?

CEO Tom Kelly and his staff encourage our seniors stay connected!

“Get off those video games!”  “Get off the internet!” “Get off of your iPhone and go outside and play!”  These phrases and similar, are often heard leaving the mouths of many parents today. Instructing their children to put their laptops, and iPads down, and pick up their sneakers to go play outside. Well, If you are a senior citizen, you have permission to pick up those laptops, or iPads and get on the internet! A recent study conducted by Michigan State University has proven that seniors who use the internet are cutting down the number of older Americans with depression by 30%.

Seniors using iPadsThese devices are playing a role in the decrease in depression in seniors simply because using them keeps them in contact with family, friends & current events at their finger tips.  For them, Social Media opens up communication and simply helps them to not feel so lonely or isolated.

The study focused on depression levels on over 3,000 elderly participants before and after implanting internet use into their lives. Studies did show that for older people who live alone, internet use has a greater impact on their levels of depression. However, like many other things, the positive effects of the internet will go hand in hand in how the internet is being used, how often it is being used and how one would manage to incorporate their internet use into their everyday routine.

Retiree using iPadIt’s proven, that even when we age, if we feel as though we are “up with the times,” that we have kept up with change, and stay at the same pace as our kids and grandkids, we feel younger, we act younger and feel healthier and more “fresh” if you will.  Presently in today’s business world it’s the only time you will see all 4 generations together in the work force, and I think it’s a safe bet, that can be said for the use of technology,  that all 4 generations are using the Internet and all of the devices to get on the internet, surfing for information,  social networking, etc.

Village On The Isle is a very “connected” campus.  We offer FREE Wifi to all residents and guests.  Our savvy seniors can be found around campus using their iPads and iPhones or even meeting at their weekly iPad support group.  The recreation department holds classes throughout the year that give tips & advice for surfing the web as well as using social networks such as Facebook.  Village On The Isle residents are “up with the times!”



Our traveling retirement community

Florida Retirement CommunitiesThere has been a lot going on with the transportation department this month as the residents gear up for summer. Recently, some Village On The Isle residents traveled to Tropicana Field and enjoyed the Tampa Bay Rays vs. the Minnesota. Unfortunately, the Rays lost 7-9, but the fun experience was well worth it!  Memorial day brought some of the residents to Patriots Park in Venice for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony.   Not to mention, our very own Kathleen Campbell took a trip with 20+ residents to Bok Towers.  The transportation department plays a key role in all of these wonderful outings.  It is our job to get our residents there safely and comfortably and we strive to do just that!  Stay tuned for all of the upcoming June events that the transportation is eager to be a part of.

One big change that the department experienced this month is the announcement of our new Director of Transportation, Mr. Richard Collard. Residents are welcome to contact him at extension 5490 with any questions or concerns regarding the transportation department.

A Note from the new Director Richard Collard:

“It has been my pleasure to become part of the Village On The Isle family. I have enjoyed meeting the residents and the staff, and I look forward to meeting and enjoying my time with all of the residents here at Village. All of us in the Transportation Department hope that we can be an integral part of making each day a great day for all of the residents and their families here at Village, where Every Day IS a New Day.”