Choosing the “RIGHT” Retirement Community | Sarasota Retirement Community

CHOOSING THE “RIGHT” RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

Downtown Venice SignYou think you have chosen the community that you want to make as your home for the next chapter in your life.  You believe you have done your homework.  As a senior housing professional for the past 45 years, I believe it is important that a savvy senior consider the following checklist as well as all the other due diligence that was taken prior to the actual selection of a community.

CHECKLIST

Do you wish to live in a rental community or one with a one-time membership charge, as both types of communities offer advantages?

  • Does the location suit your geographic desires to be near family and friends?
  • Will you have to find a new group of medical professionals?
  • Does the community you are looking at meet your social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs?
  • Did you make one or more unannounced visits to the community on a weekend or holiday to see how the community operates other than Monday through Friday?
  • Did you ask for and were you provided proof of financial stability and regulatory compliance?
  • What is the longevity and stability of the management team and hourly workers at the community you are considering?
  • Did you ask for and receive a day or two trial stay without anyone from management hovering?
  • Was your entire involvement with the community informative or was it more of an attempt to get you to sign on the dotted line?
  • Were recreational offerings physically, socially and mentally stimulating for the type of lifestyle you wish to continue?
  • What has been the annual percentage increase of monthly fees for the past 3 and 5 years?
  • Can the community offer a full range of health related services including in home care, assisted living and skilled nursing care should your circumstances require it for a short, intermediate or long period of time on the campus of the community?

The above items need to be included in your overall due diligence as you go about selecting the retirement community you wish to call home if you want to maximize your quality of life.

May your life be a continuous happy journey!

Tom Kelly, C.E.O.

Quality of Life CNA | Sarasota Area Skilled Nursing

About a year ago we initiated a new position at Village On The Isle titled, Quality of Life CNA.   This CNA position is specific to spending time with small groups or individual residents in our continuing care retirement community who would benefit from personal time with our staff.  Originally it was put in place to help reduce the risk of residents falls and promote safety but this position has now evolved to much more than that. The Quality of Life CNA helps our residents with other personal tasks such as making sure they are having time outside getting fresh air as well as inside, receiving care and attention for little things like getting their nails done or being read to.  Our Quality of Life CNA might also be in charge of running an event like bingo or an ice cream social for our residents.

In order to determine events for our skilled nursing residents,  our CNAs discuss with our residents’ families and the residents themselves to get to know them on a more personal level.  We communicate and engage with them to learn about the lives they lived, the activities they like and the places they’ve been.  From there, we are able to see what events and activities our residents are able to partake in. Depending on the residents’ response we can choose specific activities and the nursing team can then evaluate their progress.   The progress of the residents in these activities is tracked and reported to the families in our quarterly facility care meetings.  At these meetings we discuss offered programs, medications, report if there are any changes in their care and their condition.

Quality of LIife CNAThe Quality of Life CNA at Luke Haven is an important team member that is here to help make a positive impact on the lives of our residents.  Here at Luke Haven we provide higher than mandated staffing numbers for CNAs and nurses. Even in our departments such as housekeeping and dietary, making sure Luke Haven is kept a clean and healthy environment for our residents is top priority. This helps ensure that all residents are getting the care they need and deserve.  At Luke Haven, we stand out amongst other Skilled Nursing facilities.   Our caring staff works together as a team to improve the lives of our residents, and their families while making sure they are getting the most out of their time spent here.  Just ask our residents or their families about Luke Haven.  It is the place people have come to know as a skilled nursing center that provides the best care possible.

What is Pneumococcal Pneumonia? | Sarasota Area Retirement Community

At Village On The Isle our residents’ health is very important to us.  Keeping them safe, healthy & happy is what we strive for.  Pneumococcal pneumonia is estimated to put as many as 302,000 adults over 50 in the hospital each year. In some cases, it can even lead to death.  It’s important for our team to know the symptoms when caring for seniors in our Skilled Nursing center. 

Pneumococcal pneumoniaPneumococcal pneumonia is not a cold or the flu. It’s an illness that is caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a common bacteria. Its symptoms appear quickly and can be severe. For some people, certain symptoms like cough and fatigue can last for weeks or longer — even after treatment with antibiotics.

Symptoms are distinct, can appear quickly, and may include:

Chest pain with difficulty breathing

A high fever, shaking, chills

Excessive sweating

Fatigue

A cough with phlegm that persists or gets worse

Like some other common infectious diseases, the bacteria that causes pneumococcal pneumonia can be spread when airborne droplets are launched in the air by coughing or sneezing, or exchanged through close contact.

At Luke Haven, we assess if the resident has had the vaccine, if not we educate the resident and/or family on the risks and benefits of the vaccine.  If they agree we will administer it at that time, after getting a physician order.  We strongly encourage residents to receive the vaccine to prevent pneumonia.  If residents are symptomatic, we contact the doctor to receive diagnostic and treatment orders.  Diagnostic is normally a chest x-ray.  Treatment orders are antibiotics, nebulizer treatments and maybe oxygen.  Our Independent Living and Assisted Living also have protocol in place when dealing with this disease. 

Our goal is to create a healthy & happy environment and we will never stop working to make this place the BEST retirement community on the gulf coast.

More info on Pneumococcal pneumonia can be found here.

Sarasota area Retirement Community rich in activities puts safety first.

Sarasota area Retirement Community Rich in Activities puts Safety First.

“Going the extra mile”

By mile, we literally mean going the extra “miles” as we love to travel here at Village On The Isle. Our activity and social calendar are full of exciting events and wonderful gatherings that keep us very active. Recently the residents and I took a scenic cruise up the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis Tennessee. Everyone is still talking about all the fun we had. Most importantly, we are always safe when we travel here at Village and a lot of prep and planning goes into each trip.

Sarasota Retirement CommunitySo let’s talk safety!   This past May we had our annual Evacuation Drill to Leesburg, Florida. This year was better than ever. I guess you can say, “Practice Makes Perfect!” As usual, we’ve been practicing this drill for years now, and the staff made sure this year topped the charts. Village On The Isle is unique in many ways, one way is that we send a licensed nurse from our wellness office on any overnight trips the residents participate in. You might wonder why Independent Living residents need a nurse escort? First, simply just for resident comfort & safety. Second, to observe with “nurses eyes” for a realistic approach to resident needs, which is quite different than observation of “non-medical eyes.” The stress of traveling itself can take a toll on seniors’ health & well-being. Independent residents with disabilities, those who might need a little extra assistance when traveling, residents who have assistive devices such as oxygen, C-PAP machines and ones who would not normally go on trips, feel much more confident knowing a trained medical staff member is on hand. Dehydration, fluctuation of blood sugar levels and fatigue, which can result in a fall, are all accidents in which we’d want a nurse on hand. Wouldn’t you?

Our nurses know our residents and they are familiar with their basic medical conditions. It gives them a sense of peace and comfort having them along. In addition, I take each resident’s confidential medical form on all trips, this has their basic health information, medications, allergies, etc. In case of an unexpected emergency or hospitalization this information would be extremely valuable for their continuity of care.

As a nurse I understand that seniors traveling out of their familiar environment are prone to anxiety and stress. Sensory changes (vision & hearing) can trigger stress and make trips uncomfortable and not enjoyable. That is not what we want at Village, we want our residents to enjoy retirement. After all, we live in paradise.

Our Continuing Care Retirement Community administration and staff are constantly seeking ways to improve and enhance our residents daily lives by exceeding their expectations. “Going the extra mile.”

Health & Happiness Always, Vicki Morehead

We live where you vacation | Sarasota Retirement

We live where you vacation … Sarasota Retirement

The sun is shining the weather is perfect and another beautiful day has begun at Village on the isle.  Spring is definitely here, the morning is slightly cool and a refreshing breeze is blowing across the campus from the Gulf of Mexico.  Sounds like a postcard doesn’t it? Well to us, it is home.  During the past year many wonderful articles have been written about the City of Venice and Village On The Isle.  Venice is truly a wonderful place to live and Village On The Isle is a major part of this city.  The Residents’ in this retirement community are able to take advantage of everything Venice has to offer.  Residents’ can stroll around the beautiful grounds that surround our Independent Living campus or take one of the 9 buses downtown to participate in local community events.

DSC04097Everyone in our Continuing Care Retirement Community gets involved with local and national events.  The Residents’ of Luke- Haven Skilled Nursing facility were able to participate in National Nutrition and Hydration Week’s,  Annual Tea Party (only USA nursing homes are able to participate). The tea party is called the “ World’s Largest Tea Party. ” The party was held on March 18th to help celebrate the week and also emphasize good nutrition and hydration.  The residents were visited by the “Mad Hatter,” Brian Couch, Luke-Haven’s Activates Director and the “White Rabbit,” Kathleen Blackburn, Luke-Haven’s Food Service Director; for an Alice in Wonderland inspired “un-birthday” tea party.  The tea party was a grand event which promoted getting to know your neighbor by sharing stories and a cup of tea. The staff and residents did get to know each other; we talked about everything, including the beautiful Florida weather, the bad winter up North, the continued improvements around the our retirement community, what brought us to Venice and VOTI and about our award winning beaches that our friends up north can only dream about.  When all was said and done, the staff and residents agreed that “We live where you vacation.”  So the next time you are on vacation why not stop in for a cup of tea; a little conversation and see why you too want to live where your friends and family vacation

 

Helping retirees prepare for retirement

Helping retirees prepare for retirement

Preparing for RetirementThis is my first BLOG spot as a member of the Village On The Isle team.  In May I will be celebrating my first anniversary as the Associate Director of Sales and Marketing.  I am so happy to be here among so many wonderful people both staff and residents.

As we go through life, we are taken down many paths and prepare for what the future may hold for us.  Through life and school we get ready for the “real world” and our future careers!  We are usually asked “what do you want to be when you grow up” and most of us can honestly say, that the thing we said we wanted to be isn’t necessarily what we end up being.  But we walk down that path, and try to prepare as much as possible because let’s face it, we don’t know what is out there waiting for us.  We don’t know where we’ll be in 5 years, 10 years, etc.

With that being said, I feel as the roads of life previously traveled have prepared me for this position, especially my two most recent experiences in Real Estate Sales and as a Preplanning Specialist for a Funeral Home.  These two positions have many similarities to what this job entails.  I was showing and selling homes, very much like I do here. I educate our prospective customers on the importance of planning ahead, helping them understand that like it or not we will all age and that my goal is to allow people to age in place.  So it does require a certain amount of preplanning in a couple of areas.  Those two areas are financial planning and emotional preparation.

What I have seen is that people are living longer so they are waiting longer to make this move because they feel they aren’t “ready for this.”  Can I ask ready for what?  Someone to cook and clean for you?  Drive you around town during our hectic seasonal traffic?  Do all the maintenance inside and out?  Build relationships with other residents that become like family?  What’s not to love about all that?  Independent Living is just that … Independent, but with perks!  It is gaining freedom from the less important tasks and not giving it up in other areas as so many people think. In fact, during your career you actually have quite less freedom from the things you really love to do, right?

 The most common thing I hear from our current residents are that they wish they’d come to Village On The Isle sooner! “Why did I wait so long?” they tell us. The hardest part of the process is to make that decision but once made, the rest will fall into place. We don’t have a crystal ball to see how things will transpire in our future so it’s important to plan for the “what ifs” or “just in case.”  Our lives can change in a heartbeat!  One fall resulting in a broken hip and your whole world can be turned upside down. The transition into Independent Living is a much easier one to do than to go from your own home into Assisted Living. You are buying into a lifestyle here … enjoy it before it’s too late!

Written by Dawn Thompson, Associate Director of Sales and Marketing

A place of peace and serenity | Sarasota Area Skilled Nursing

A place of peace and serenity |Sarasota Area Skilled Nursing

The temperature is starting to warm up. The sun is starting to stay out a bit longer and the smell of spring is starting to fill the air, so what better way to prepare for the season of outside sitting then sprucing up our back courtyard with a pavilion structure for our residents to enjoy!

CEO, Tom Kelly and Luke Haven Administrator, Kristy Tolley have been very active in moving this process along.  In addition to the pavers and new ground cover, there is going to be a canopy with three ceiling fans to keep the residents cool. The area will be wheel chair accessible with tables and a grill all allowing for a beautiful space and enchanting atmosphere for outdoor activities, games, arts & crafts, and music!

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This area will also provide a space for the residents to enjoy a little “R&R,” where they can lounge around, spend time with friends and socialize. The Pavilion area will also be accessible through our BRAND NEW automated doors that were just installed to be wheel chair accessible. To finish off this tranquil setting is a beautiful and soothing water feature that promotes serenity with the sound of fresh running water cascading down the river rocks.   Could you ask for anything more in a retirement community?

Come by and see the new area and all the progress we are making! Once it’s finished and ready we will all be eager to make good use out of this amazing new space!

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Village is where the heart is! |Sarasota Area Assisted Living freshens things up

Village is where the heart is!

The word home, what does it mean? Wikipedia defines home as “the dwelling place used as permanent or semi-permanent residence.” Isn’t it so much more than just a residence though? It’s where you live, eat, sleep, relax, entertain and so much more. It’s your place of everything, so shouldn’t it be a place you love to be in.

As you know, in this retirement community we take a lot of pride in our living areas for all of our residents.  Whether it be the Cottages, independent living apartments, assisted living or even skilled nursing, we believe wherever you “dwell” should make you feel relaxed, refreshed and always at home! For those reasons, we aim to update and improve all our living quarters to continuously improve the quality of life for our retired residents.

Recently, Mark Manor assisted living was chosen to undergo a few renovations.  Here are just a few changes we made. The walls were painted on each floor, as the colors needed updating and a new coat of paint always makes a room fresh! We also took it a step further and decided to decorate each floor with a different color scheme.  Many of the residents, family members, and visitors have complimented us on the new look and we couldn’t be happier.

We laid new laminate flooring in the hallways and bought new furniture and accessories for the lounge areas. With these additions, the sitting areas have a fresh, new look inviting the residents to relax and socialize.  New plantation shutters were also added in the apartments and we replaced the air conditioning units so our residents live in total comfort.  It’s great to update aesthetics, but living in Florida, an updated and working AC unit is a MUST!

As you can see, or as you will see by when you stop by Mark Manor and take a look, we’ve made some wonderful updates and changes to give our residents the best home feeling possible. Remember, your home isn’t just a place to dwell; it’s where the heart is!

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As you can see, or as you will see by when you stop by Mark Manor and take a look, we’ve made some wonderful updates and changes to give our residents the best home feeling possible. Remember, your home isn’t just a place to dwell; it’s where the heart is!

Florida Retirement Community making improvements for 2015

Florida Retirement Community making improvements for 2015

Independent Living FloridaWell, 2014 has been a busy and productive year for the maintenance department here at Village On The Isle. We have made several improvements as well as small changes to our beautiful, Florida retirement community. These changes have included improvements to our safety and security, lighting, landscaping and much more. Let’s give you a recap of what we were up to last year …

A big focus of ours was the installation of a new call light system in Luke Haven, Skilled Nursing. This was needed and enables our staff to provide quicker responses for the needs of our residents. We also completed the installation of impact glass in Matthew Hall, Independent Living as well as the Communication lobby, which will further protect our residents in case of a hurricane. The retrofit of the lighting in the parking area was also completed; we replaced the lighting with energy efficient LED fixtures and will now provide cleaner lighting with an added bonus of 66% less power consumption.

Another big project completed in 2014 was our installation of an additional elevator to Mathew Hall. We are very proud of this project because it not only makes it convenient to have another elevator, but it provides a large elevator for the purpose of moving and EMS services.

We are also continually improving and updating the campus by remodeling common areas. For example, Mark Manor, Assisted Living and Matthew Hall, Independent Living both had floors renovations done. This included new flooring, painting of the walls and doorways that boast beautiful, new art work and decor.

Our communication lobby has been completely renovated with the implementation of improved sitting areas that sit around a fireplace giving the residents a more “homelike” setting. Earlier in the year, the Trinity Hall recreation room was completely renovated and transformed into what the resident call, the “Phoenix Room.” It is now a show place that is both functional and comfortable for the residents.

Late in 2014 we started the remodeling of our main kitchen. This has been a large undertaking, it has been in the planning for two years.   We have involved all of the department managers, the city of Venice building department, the fire department, EMS, the police department, and the board of health. We are ensuring all parties involve will work together to coordinate a smooth running project. For this major renovation, a temporary kitchen has been set up while our remodeling is in progress. The temporary kitchen is composed of (4) fifty five foot trailers, four coolers, and a storage section which have all been placed into our road way next to our dining room and carports. The kitchen also includes a full range of cooking equipment, a dishwashing line and walk-in coolers and freezers. This kitchen is very functional and has kept a high level of food quality.  The residents are still loving our food quality and we are certain that nothing “skips a beat” in this department.

Now, as you can imagine, the years and our Florida climate have not been kind to the breezeway structure. We recently brought in a contactor to see where the degradation started and what kinds of repairs were needed to make the structure stronger and withstand our tropical weather. With the consultation of an engineer, a plan was formulated and the improvements have begun.

A very exciting project that went underway is the courtyard at Luke Have being transformed into a more functional area for our residents. You will now find a larger activity area, new landscaping and a large shade structure. This is currently being designed to provide comfort to our residents while they are outside to relax or while having group activities. As you know, the direct Florida sun, while we love sunny days, is not ideal for outdoor activities when there is no shade coverage available.

These are just a few improvements to our campus that were completed and started during 2014, and there are many more to come. As you can imagine, we have a lot to be excited about and look forward to! From all of us here in the maintenance department, Happy New Year, we hope you have been enjoying it so far!

 

Christmas Greetings from Florida Retirement Community!

Christmas Greetings from Florida Retirement Community!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR!

It has been a very busy and joyous calendar as the season is celebrated. Village On The Isle staff and residents are staying busy.  There have been numerous floor parties, full community events, special seasonal concerts, lots of visitors and worship services of celebration.  

So, from all of us here in this wonderful Florida retirement community …  WE WISH EVERYONE A MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH AND NEW YEAR FILLED WITH MUCH JOY, PEACE AND GOOD HEALTH!

To view all of our Christmas photos please visit our Facebook page!

*This blog was written by Rev. Don Hillerich