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Westminster Woods on Julington Creek Honored With 2019 ICAA NuStep Beacon Award for Excellence in Wellbeing

October 14, 2019

2019 ICAA NuStep Beacon Award Given To Westminster Woods on Julington Creek

JACKSONVILLE, Oct. 14, 2019 – Westminster Woods on Julington Creek was recognized at the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) annual conference with the 2019 ICAA NuStep Beacon Award for excellence in wellness.

The ICAA NuStep Beacon Awards, given by ICAA and NuStep, LLC, a manufacturer of exercise equipment used in healthcare, senior living and fitness settings, recognized Westminster Woods on Julington Creek among a select group of 25 active senior living communities around the nation for promoting a holistic culture of wellbeing.

Andi Sawl, fitness coordinator at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek, said that her community stands out by putting an emphasis on offering a wide variety of options and emphasizing wellbeing for both residents and employees. “Our community offers something for everyone,” Sawl said. “Because wellness is within our culture, residents have multiple choices on how to spend their time. We not only have different selections for someone who wants to live in a wellbeing-based community, but we also have motivated and dedicated staff members whose mission is to promote the culture of wellness with passion.”

The ICAA NuStep Beacon Award recognizes communities that successfully foster a wellness culture and an environment that supports wellness for all who live and work there. At Westminster Woods on Julington Creek, part of the family of Westminster Communities of Florida, wellness is part of the organization’s My W Life program emphasizing wellbeing of body, mind and soul. The program’s eight dimensions of wellbeing – physical, lifelong learning, nutritional, social, emotional, spiritual, vocational and community – create a harmony for participants, and improve residents’ and employees’ quality of life when they are nurtured and prioritized as a whole.

According to the ICAA, Beacon recipients demonstrate strength in creating resident-staff partnerships to create meaningful opportunities that empower participants to improve their quality of life and weaving wellness into the fabric of their communities.

“I am absolutely delighted that Westminster Woods on Julington Creek has been recognized by the ICAA. We’ve always known that our residents and employees enjoy a robust and fulfilling wellbeing program in My W Life, but this award affirms that we can be among the best,” said Executive Director Amanda Birch. “I am so thrilled that we are receiving this award.”

To learn more about wellbeing and active lifestyles at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek, and how to become a resident or join the team, visit www.WestminsterWoodsFL.org or call (904) 287-7300.

About Westminster Woods on Julington Creek: Westminster Woods on Julington Creek is The Natural Choice for active senior living, ideally located on the shores of Julington Creek, a half-mile-wide tributary of the St. Johns River. Our beautiful, wooded campus of nearly 90 acres combines neighborhoods of detached villas and garden and waterfront apartment homes. We have served senior adults in Jacksonville and St. Johns County for more than 50 years, with an emphasis on exceptional living options, whole-person wellbeing and Lifelong Learning, backed by a financially strong and Mission-inspired, faith-based community.

About NuStep, LLC: NuStep, LLC designs, manufactures and distributes recumbent cross trainer exercise equipment. NuStep products, accessories and adaptive equipment empower users of virtually all functional abilities and fitness levels to engage in exercise that helps build strength, enhance independence and improve health outcomes. From 1998 to 2018, NuStep sponsored the Pinnacle Award to recognize senior communities and senior centers transforming lives through whole-person wellness programming. The award also served as a vehicle to educate and encourage senior organizations to integrate whole-person wellness into their programming.

About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA): ICAA is a professional association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry and supports professionals who aspire to develop wellness cultures for adults over 50. This support includes creating wellness environments, programs and services. The association is focused on active aging-an approach to aging that helps older adults live life as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness-and provides its members with education, information, resources and tools. As an active-aging educator and advocate, ICAA has advised numerous organizations and governmental bodies, including the US Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Aging (one of the US National Institutes of Health), the US Department of Health and Human Services, Canada's Special Senate Committee on Aging, and the British Columbia (Canada) Ministries of Health and Healthy Living and Sport.


Westminster Shores Breaks Ground on Sunrise Point, Newest Waterfront Neighborhood

September 24, 2019

The ceremonial turning of shovels for Sunrise Point at Westminster Shores.

After a ceremonial turning of the shovels, construction set to begin on new waterfront apartment building, featuring 52 spacious new residences

ST. PETERSBURG, September 24The newest neighborhood at Westminster Shores has now broken ground, following Tuesday’s ceremonial turning of the shovels. This new development, Sunrise Point, will feature 52 apartment homes at the waterfront active senior living community in St. Petersburg’s Bahama Shores neighborhood, featuring beautifully appointed amenities and finishes. Sunrise Point at Westminster Shores is 100% reserved.

The addition to Westminster Shores is the latest phase in enhancing the Continuing Care Retirement Community. It signals the ongoing commitment of Westminster Shores to serving senior adults throughout St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay, and to provide excellent choices in living options for today’s older adults. Sunrise Point was designed by Chancey Design Partnership of Tampa, and will be built by Hennessy Construction Services of St. Petersburg. Construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

Westminster Shores Executive Director Lin Ferrol offered a warm welcome to the crowd of more than 100 future residents, current residents, Westminster Communities of Florida board members and leadership, and special guests. Ferrol said, "Sunrise Point is just another part of the reinvention and rejuvenation of Westminster Shores. We are delighted to welcome not only new residents, but also new interests and new ideas, to the Westminster Shores family."

"We are very grateful for the good citizenship of our neighbors, the residents of Westminster Shores," said Dr. Kanika Tomalin, Deputy Mayor of the City of St. Petersburg. "This community provides a wonderful place for older adults to live and to continue to be active. We are so grateful that Westminster Shores leads."

Roger Stevens, Chief Executive Officer of Westminster Communities of Florida, welcomed the future residents and discussed the history of the organization and its Mission. "Today, we’re embarking on the fourth phase of the reinvention of Westminster Shores, with Sunrise Point. Welcome, and congratulations!" said Stevens.

To learn more about Sunrise Point at Westminster Shores, call (727) 867-2131.


Westminster Communities of Florida Family Comes Together During Hurricane Dorian

September 6, 2019

When a hurricane threatens our communities, the Westminster Communities of Florida family comes together to ensure the safety of all residents.

This week, Hurricane Dorian's threat to the East Coast of Florida caused St. Johns County to order an evacuation of Westminster Woods on Julington Creek.

Independent living residents went to Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee, where they dined and spent time as one family. The Oaks residents even had up a sign to greet them: “We have to stop meeting like this!” The residents from Westminster Woods on Julington Creek enjoyed a bus tour of Tallahassee and the fine lifestyle opportunities and hospitality of Westminster Oaks for the holiday week.

Meanwhile, assisted living and Health Center residents went to Westminster St. Augustine and Riverside Presbyterian House, two sister communities in greater Jacksonville, as well as Taylor Residences and Cathedral Care of Jacksonville.

It was thanks to the the hard work and dedication of our staff that the residents from Westminster Woods on Julington Creek were safe and well-cared for throughout the storm.

Sue Gambill, a resident at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee, captured the spirit when she said, “I admire the staff! They stayed later and all took on extra tasks. The Jacksonville staff have had to evacuate several years now. We residents throughout Florida are so lucky to be part of such an amazing community.”

Chief Operating Officer Garry Hennis said, “Our incredible team members provide care and compassion for our Mission daily. But it is magnified in challenging times, and they truly rose to the occasion.”

We hope you share in our gratitude to our employees. Together, our family is stronger than any storm.

We also ask that you keep the citizens of the Bahamas in your prayers, especially on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands. They have suffered far more than they did, and our hearts go out to them.


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