Skilled Nursing at Lukehaven

Skilled Nursing at Lukehaven


Here at Village On The Isle we care for our residents like no other retirement community. We make proper arrangements and pride ourselves in giving our residents exceptional care. Some of our residents need more extensive care than others and we take those needs very seriously. We want our residents to feel safe and know that they are always cared for while here at Village On The Isle. This is especially true when our residents transfer into our Skilled Nursing community, Lukehaven.


We have you covered here at Village On The Isle. Potential residents always have many questions about our Skilled Nursing and how it works at our Continuing Care Retirement Community. Here at Lukehaven, our Admissions Coordinator works closely with the resident and their family members as they transition into Skilled Nursing, this can be a very difficult transition. At Lukehaven, we make sure all of our residents are all well tended to. When it comes to the need of Skilled Nursing, whether it be in Lukehaven or medical attention from an outside medical provider, our Admissions Coordinator works with our residents to get the care they need and deserve. One of the duties they provide is assisting with transfers between Mark Manor, our assisted living and Lukehaven, our skilled nursing, when a resident is requiring a higher level of care. If a resident requires medical attention from a hospital, our Admissions Coordinator makes daily visits to all VOTI residents to provide support, any assistance they may require or any personal items they may request. Along with visits, they work closely with the hospital caseworkers or discharge planners to help coordinate a resident’s discharge back to VOTI, even making transportation arrangements. Even if a resident is choosing to make an elective surgery we make arrangements for rehabilitation at Lukehaven following their hospital stay.


When a resident moves into our Skilled Nursing community we want them to feel at home and comfortable with their decision. We do our best to make the transition as smooth as possible and help our residents with any problems that may come up. We strive to provide the best care to everyone in our Continuing Care Retirement Community.

What Today’s Seniors Look For in a Retirement Community

What Today’s Seniors Look For in a Retirement Community



As today’s seniors are retiring, they are not looking for the typical cookie-cutter retirement home. Today’s seniors are more savvy and know what they want in a retirement community. They need more individualization and an environment in which they can continue to grow in.

First impressions can be everything. When entering a retirement community, the first thing a potential resident will notice is how well kept the environment is. We take the health and well-being of our residents very seriously here at Village On The Isle. We make sure our retirement community is always held to the highest standards, always taking our residents health into consideration. Another main component that potential residents look at when it comes to health and well-being is nutrition. Village On The Isle provides excellent meals for our residents and their personalized diets. We cater to the needs of each individual resident and what their diet calls for.

Another factor potential residents look for is the physical environment of the community, like safety and comfort of the living arrangements. Residents want to feel safe, they want to know they are in good hands and their families want to feel the same as well. Village On The Isle makes the safety and security of our residents a top priority. The following is a list of the precautions we take to make sure our residents are in a secure environment:


  • Our roofs have recently been upgraded to withstand 120 mile per hour winds.
  • All of our A/C Units are anchored and meet Miami Dade Hurricane standards.
  • 6 large emergency generators (3 on natural gas, 1 on diesel fuel and 2 bi-fueled)
  • 8 portable generators
  • Carports and walkways designed to handle 140+mph winds
  • Emergency food stocks and drinking water supply
  • LP fueled emergency cooking equipment
  • Hurricane Resistant steel shutters for resident apartment homes
  • Yearly “Live Practice Drill” in May– 3 day trip for residents where we “evacuate”to Leesburg, FL
  • Experienced & highly trained management team with long term years of service.
  • Full Time Risk Manager on site. Safety is never ignored and is a daily operation at Village On The Isle.
  • Surveillance cameras located at various spots throughout the retirement community to monitor guests, suspicious persons and prevent residents from being in areas deemed unsafe.
  • 24 hour security staff on site for emergencies

Social interaction is a huge part of retirement communities. Our residents love to be active and socialize with one another. We plan monthly activities and outings for our residents whether it is a shopping trip or just an afternoon outing for ice cream! We also offer programs and classes to help keep our residents involved. One of our popular classes is our iPad course. This helps keep our residents stay connected to technology and help them adapt to the ever changing tech world!

Village On The Isle doesn’t consider itself just a retirement community, we are our own community within itself. We treat our residents like our own family members and help them continue to grow while here at Village. We help encourage growth and instead of starting over at a retirement community, we extend on the current lifestyle of our resident. We strive to personalize each resident’s experience here and give them the individual treatment they deserve. Village On The Isle makes every resident feel valued and recognized.

The Social Aspect Of Dining Services

The Social Aspect Of Dining Services


The Dining Services Department may be responsible for providing nutrition and hydration to the residents of a retirement community, but the social interaction is just as important as the quality of the meal and service provided.   Dining Services is one of the few departments that interacts with all of the retirement community residents on a daily basis. Residents are able to dine with many different neighbors in the community, sharing conversations, reminiscing of memories in the past and discussing current events.  Many times, this will lead to making new friends while sharing different experiences others have had throughout life.  The interaction with the front of the house staff, Dining Room Managers, Hostesses, & Servers, is also part of that social interaction.  The residents share their experiences with the staff and the staff share their experiences with the residents. Over time, the residents and staff become an extended family to one another. We have many part-time, highschool or college students who interact with the residents as they learn and grow in their education and service industry.  Some of the residents even become mentors to the students  throughout their education.  Tears are often shed on both sides when the students graduate and go off to start their adult lives and careers. These are the types of bonds that are created here at Village On The Isle.


Dining Services in this retirement community also offers to help arrange a private meal or event for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or just a special meal with family or close non-resident friends.  Village On The Isle has several private rooms available that can be reserved in advance, such as the Palm Dining Room, Venetian Room, Renaissance Room and Phoenix Room.  Arrangements can be made for service off of the daily menu or a customized special menu can be created for a wonderful dining experience.  Our residents also get together on a quarterly basis with their neighbors on their floor to have a light meal together, usually on a Sunday evening, to get to know each other and share good times.  

Our Dining Services also works with the Programs and Activities Department providing food and refreshment support to the various ongoing programs.  Programs include weekly social hours before dinner service, refreshments for entertainment programs,  refreshments for weekly gatherings such as church service, Men’s Club, Saturday Evening Movies and special themed  events.  Many of the themed events include a Holiday Christmas Party, New Years Eve Party, Valentine’s Day High Tea,  St. Patty’s Party,  Cinco de Mayo Party,  Luau Themed Party, Memorial Day/4th Of July/ Labor Day Party, Oktoberfest Party, in addition to many winter holiday themed events.  Dining Services also supports refreshments or boxed lunches for when Programs & Activities schedules a day long trip to visit a local attraction.  


While it is important to provide nutrition and hydration, the social experiences of Dining Services is what really helps the overall health and well being of our residents.  We look forward to dining with you in the near future!


Downsizing to a Brand New Life

Downsizing to a Brand New Life

Putting a positive spin on downsizing

The Wellness Director and her team have to be alert to the emotional as well as the physical needs of our residents here at Village On The Isle. Moving into a Retirement Community can be a huge change for some of our new residents. When contemplating a move into a Retirement Community, there are a lot of challenges related to this significant decision making process.  At Village on the Isle, we have a “ Move-in Coordinator”  who  helps future residents by giving ideas and recommending outside resources to help make a smooth transition. Downsizing stress comes with  “giving up material possessions not so much the move itself.”  These possessions are “tangible treasures of beautiful memories.” And also often represent their achievements and past experiences.One of the reasons seniors put off making  a proactive plan for their future,  give the classic answer  “I’m not ready yet” and wait until health reasons force them into a quick move, this is because of the dread of  downsizing. But if you plan now you can  benefit  by being in control  of where your heirlooms go, and you are able to see your loved ones enjoying them now instead of  leaving the task for them later.


Village turns downsizing into a positive. At Village, the positive experiences of starting a “Brand New Life ” at our retirement community, where residents discover they can keep these “treasured memories” In their hearts forever. Our faith based ,   Venice area retirement community is full of  love, joy and a caring team   that is unmatched in this area.


Our Seniors Live Life To The Fullest | Active Retirement Community

Our Seniors Live Life To The Fullest


Staying socially active and maintaining interpersonal relationships can help seniors maintain good physical and emotional health and cognitive function. People who continue to maintain close friendships and find other ways to interact socially live longer than those who become isolated. That’s why we try to offer a wide array of varied activities at Village On The Isle. Our independent activities department strives to design activities that not only honor residents’ preferences and needs, but also engage their body, mind and spirit, especially during the Holiday season when loneliness and depression can set in



We often plan trips to the Ringling Museum, Tampa Bay Rays games, Venice Symphony and the Venice Theatre. We recently visited the Big Cat Habitat, took a train ride on the Murder Mystery train and viewed the Christmas lights aboard a boat in Punta Gorda. In January, we’re going to Solomon’s Castle and having lunch in a refurbished train car. VOTI is fortunate to have Baila Miller’s Fine Arts Programs which are high-quality, college level continuing education courses that explore the role of paintings, architecture, sculpture, cinema, and photography, as well as orchestral and operatic influences in the development of modern culture. Every month she presents an informative lecture for our residents and outside guests.


VOTI also encourages our residents to volunteer at one of the many jobs that are available, such as manning the Circle Drive or Trinity Hall desk, cashier in our Village Store or help in the one of our two libraries. Volunteering or working a job can provide a reason to get up and go with a smile. Feeling helpful and needed often makes a huge difference in anyone’s life, no matter their age.


Being active not only helps a person stay strong, it is great preventative medicine when it comes to senior’s overall health. The more active a person is, the more independent a lifestyle they can lead. All of this contributes to a better outlook, better moods, better memory and better health. So, we also emphasize physical health at VOTI. Multiple fitness classes are offered every weekday ranging from cardio and body toning, strength and stability, to swimming, Wii games, Yoga and Tai Chi.


There’s always plenty of entertainment for everyone’s interest, too. From a magician, sax player, cellist, a Frank Sinatra crooner, classical pianist, to a drumming group. Every week it’s different and don’t forget movie night on Saturday evenings. We are a member of Netflix and are able to keep up with the latest movie releases. What fun. Do you want to learn how to buy the perfect gift for Christmas or learn how to make a wreath?

With all that is being offered our seniors have the opportunities to live life to its fullest.

Preparing to put your parents into a Retirement Community

Preparing to put your parents into a Retirement Community


For many families, putting their loved ones in a retirement community can be nerve-racking and a scary transition. You always want to be sure that you have done your research and made the best choice possible. Most children have a deep fear of bringing their parents to an assisted living facility, even if it is as beautiful as our Florida retirement community.  They feel their parents would rather stay in their own home. This can make the decision very hard on the children and they begin to feel guilty that they may not be making the right choice.

A Senior Couple Sitting on a Park Bench Next to Rose Bushes


Here at Village On The Isle, we try and embrace the families to let them know this retirement community is the proper placement for their loved ones at this stage in their life. To make the transition easier on the families we reassure them and go over very thoroughly what we do in regards to their loved ones health and well-being. Our continuing care retirement community offers the best care for our residents which includes medication assistance, housekeeping and laundry. We also care for our residents by providing services for activities of daily living which include bathing, dressing and eating amongst other daily routines. Unlike most retirement communities that charge for different levels of care, we assist in all the activities of daily life. This can take a lot of pressure off the family members knowing that their loved ones daily routines are taken care of and that they are being provided for.


Another one of the perks of living at Village On The Isle that puts family members minds at ease is how we monitor our residents to make sure they are always safe and healthy. A fear of some families is that their loved one may not be properly taken care of when it comes to doctor appointments or other medical treatment. This is not the case at this retirement community. We facilitate and take residents to and from doctor appointments. To promote safety, we do checks on our residents every two hours, other retirement communities do not do this. The families of our residents are also very surprised when we discuss our staffing ratio when compared to other Sarasota area retirement communities. We have nurses on site 24/7 and we only hire CNA’s. We always make sure we are properly staffed with 7 CNAs daily as well as 4 CNAs nightly. We only provide the best for our residents at Village On The Isle.  


Exciting New Changes Planned For Village On The Isle

Exciting New Changes Planned For Village On The Isle


Here at Village On The Isle we care deeply for our residents and always strive to provide the best living arrangements. That is why we are currently working on our new changes planned for Village On The Isle , the “Matthew Den.” The “Matthew Den” will be located in our Independent Living, Matthew Hall and will be a great addition to our community.  We wanted to create this room to give our residents a new gathering place where they can socialize, participate in activities, and enjoy the company of others. We have a building on campus that already contains an update like this in Trinity Hall, “The Phoenix Room.” This room inspired us to do the same for our Matthew Hall residents so  our CEO, Tom Kelly, partnered with Beebe Design Studio and shortly after a renovation plan was put in place.

Going into the project we already had a few upgrades in mind that we wanted to make sure were added to the space to make the room more enjoyable. Some of the renovations include more seating for our residents, more food choices and of course a spectacular place for them to gather. When it came down to the layout of the room we brainstormed with our contractor and eventually came up with a Venetian theme for the new space and thus the Venetian Cafe was born. There are many other add-ons  that will go into this project like a cappuccino machine and soft serve ice cream, two items we are sure our residents are excited about! It will also feature a continental style breakfast for our residents to enjoy.

We also wanted the space to have more recreational use too, so we are expanding the room to make way for a new pool table. We are positive our residents will love our new upgrades and the new amenities that  Matthew Den will offer.

We are working diligently to get this project completed so we chose Dunn Enterprise’s to build the Cafe. We started this past Labor Day (September 2015) and hope to be completed by the beginning of the new year.  We truly care about the wellbeing of all who live here.  The main objective of this project is so we constantly strive to improve the lives of our residents and always provide state of the art spaces to relax and enjoy.

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Choosing the “RIGHT” Retirement Community | Sarasota Retirement Community


Downtown Venice SignYou think you have chosen the retirement 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.


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

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

What is Pneumococcal Pneumonia?

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


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.