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.


Venice Retirement Community wishes everyone a blessed Thanksgiving


On our fabulous day of “Thanksgiving” we pause to thank God for His many blessings. We also pause to remember the earliest families and settlers who gathered amidst new friends and different food choices. Always picturing in our imagination or artist interpretations, we see the long table with turkey, potatoes, cakes, fruits and vegetables; especially corn, a major offering from the harvest. And, of course, pies from every fruit or wild berries…

Whether we gather with families here (somewhat difficult if they are “up north”) or friends at church luncheons or sit in the spacious Hibiscus Dining room or Mark Manor Dining room of Village On The Isle, it is time of celebration and choices. There will be topics of choice, the weather, sports, religion, families or even politics. Whatever the choice, it should be a day of thanks. Conversations and visiting will be throughout Village On The Isle at floor gatherings, entrance areas and especially, in the new “Café”.


Converted and totally rebuilt from the Matthew Hall Den, the beautiful “Café’ is a unique reason for thanks. It will bring friends from all over Village On The Isle to enjoy specialty coffees, flavored soft ice cream, pool and Wii.

Yes, it is a season of thanks for a singular reason but also for so much more. Our historic day transcends all things that are God’s gifts to us. In our prayers, we thank God for all His goodness and His countless blessings.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and continue to live a life of “Thanks” throughout the year.

Chaplain Don Hillerich

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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Retirement Community Resident honored by US Submarine Veterans

Village On The Isle 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

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.”

Busy, Busy, Busy at Village On The Isle’s Campus…

Busy, Busy, Busy at Village On The Isle’s Campus…

Here at Village On The Isle we are keeping very busy with many projects that have started or are in the planning stages.  The first project that will start very soon will be replacing the communications doors with impact resistant automatic doors. By doing this we will continue our commitments to keeping our residents safe by systematically hardening the shell of the campus and providing protection from hurricanes.

Our next project is the replacement of the covered walkway lighting. Currently we are using fluorescent lighting in that area. We will be installing new LED lighting which will increase our lighting output, give us cleaner light, is cost effective by using less energy, and this will also decrease regularly scheduled maintenance on the fixtures.

In addition, our latest project that I am proud to be a part of is our Village On The Isle Cottages.  Senior Management and the Board of Directors in keeping true to our mission statement, saw the need to enhance our campus.  Adding these Independent Living Cottages to our Village gives our residents what they need and what they have been asking for. This project was started almost two years ago. We have jumped over many, many hurdles to finally be able to start. We were proud to have had the groundbreaking ceremony last month and construction has finally begun!

Last but not least, with our commitment to Meals on Wheels increasing and the expansion of our facility, it was evident that there would be a severe impact to our excellent kitchen crew. To maintain their superb menu we needed to expand and update our main kitchen.  Our team carefully considered design, code issues, use of temporary equipment, power requirements and continuation of production. With all of this in mind, the plans have been finalized and the first phase of the project is expected to start in early January.   We are very excited for all that this going on at Village!  We strive to provide the best for our residents and our staff.

*Written by VOTI Maintenance Director, James Rafiner.