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A Special Letter of Thanks While Our Country Observes National Nurses Week

May 6, 2019

We Celebrate National Nurses Week: A Special Letter from Our COO, Garry Hennis

We're excited to join the Westminster family and our whole country in observing National Nurses Week, a celebration of dedicated women and men who have chosen the profession of nursing. In celebration of the nearly 350 Licensed and Registered Nurses who support the Mission of Westminster Communities of Florida, our COO, Garry Hennis, wrote a letter of thanks to all nurses. Read Garry's letter below to learn how we celebrate those who serve our residents:

May 6, 2019

Dear nursing team,

I’m excited to join the Westminster family and our whole country in observing National Nurses Week, a celebration of dedicated women and men who have chosen the profession of nursing. Nearly 350 Licensed and Registered Nurses support the Mission of Westminster Communities of Florida throughout our organization, sharing in our commitment to the quality of our residents’ lives and their wellbeing.

Nursing is a distinguished profession and are called to serve. It brings to mind my favorite hymn, for those who are called into service: Here I Am, Lord.

Here I am Lord,
Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night,
I will go, Lord,
If you lead me,
I will hold your people in my heart.

This week I especially want to Celebrate the 350 nurses of Westminster Communities of Florida, members of the 4 Million Reasons to Celebrate.

Every day, Westminster’s nurses ensure resident safety and wellbeing, offering both a sense of security and the opportunity for residents to remain active and independent. You provide the essential communication with physicians, pharmacists, therapists and other providers to define the needs of the resident and the effective responses to those needs.

Westminster nurses have invested in the profession of nursing and through their action and commitment have become examples for others. You have encouraged women and men from all departments to respond to the call to join the profession of nursing and become Reasons to Celebrate. 

In addition, Westminster nurses participate in the essential training of students in nursing and related health care professions who come to our sites for internships and clinical practice.  Westminster nurses therefore shape the future of post-acute care.

This week, we plan to discover what nurses enjoy about working for Westminster Communities of Florida. I look forward hearing how you have responded to the call to serve our Mission of the Heart.

I am so grateful for the nurses who choose to serve the residents and families of Westminster Communities of Florida. On behalf of all of us, thank you!

Gratefully yours,

Garry D. Hennis
Chief Operating Officer
Westminster Communities of Florida


We're "Celebrating You" All Year Long with Our Resident Experience Program

April 30, 2019

Westminster Communities of Florida residents are celebrating each month with exciting themed activities and events as part of our Celebrating You program. A monthly calendar of various themed activities and events are designed to appeal to our MyWLife wellbeing program’s Eight Dimensions of Wellbeing: physical, nutritional, community, lifelong learning, spiritual, emotional, vocational, and social. Around the state, we’re working hard to facilitate these festive celebrations all year long. 

How has the year gone so far? Learn about all the fun we’ve had:

April - Celebrate Local Community

“Celebrate Local Community” was the theme for the month of April. Throughout the month, residents and team members enjoyed many activities around their local communities - city and farm tours, local scavenger hunts, exercising around the community and many other community involvement events.

Congratulations to our April winners!

1st place - Westminster Palms

2nd place - Westminster Shores

3rd place - Westminster Manor

March - Healthy Habits

To continue promoting a healthy lifestyle for our residents and team members, the theme for March was all about “Healthy Habits,” encouraging everyone to find a healthy habit they can enjoy.

Throughout the month, residents and team members engaged in many events ­— morning walks, volleyball, learning to create healthy meals, gardening and many other healthy habits.

Congratulations to our March winners!

1st place – Westminster Shores

2nd place – Westminster Palms

3rd place – Westminster Woods on Julington Creek


February – Love Your Neighbor

February’s celebrated theme was “Love Your Neighbor.” Residents and team members enjoyed physical outings around the neighborhood, volunteered at local organizations, had gatherings to meet their neighbors and explored new places with their neighborhood friends.

Congratulations to our top three February winners for celebrating Love Your Neighbor with wonderful experiences for our residents:

1st place – Westminster Palms

2nd place – Westminster Shores

3rd place – Westminster Manor


January – New Beginnings

January’s theme celebrated “New Beginnings” as communities across the state planned New Year’s celebrations, learned new traditions, and discussed resolutions.

Residents participated in new fitness challenges. Some of the new exercises included a Fitness Train, golf, chair yoga, pole walking and many more. We also learned about nutritional foods and danced to new tunes from many local performers.

It has been an eventful year so far and we can’t wait to show you the fun activities we have the rest of the year. Stay tuned on our Facebook page to see all of the action.


Florida and Pennsylvania Nonprofit Senior Lifestyle Organizations Explore Possible Affiliation

April 29, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. – Westminster Communities of Florida and Presbyterian Senior Living, two of the country’s leading faith-based, nonprofit ministries serving older adults, have entered into a memorandum of understanding to explore a possible relationship between the two organizations.

The planned retirement of both CEOs offers a window of opportunity that will enable Westminster Communities of Florida and Presbyterian Senior Living to think creatively about what the relationship could look like.

Meetings will be scheduled with residents, staff, and other constituent groups over the next several weeks to provide more information on how the conversations between Westminster Communities of Florida and Presbyterian Senior Living are progressing.

About Westminster Communities of Florida: Westminster Communities of Florida is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization serving more than 7,000 residents in 22 communities around Florida who are in search of an enlightened, person-centered approach to health and wellbeing. Since 1954, we’ve been Florida’s best choice in senior living. We encourage residents to Live Well. Be Happy. through an active lifestyle every day. Our Mission of service commits us to creating and preserving excellent communities, promoting wellbeing, and honoring each person’s dignity, rights and independence. We offer communities throughout the state, including 10 Continuing Care Retirement Communities, offering residential living, assisted living, nursing care, therapy, pharmacy services and more, as well as 12 affordable Rental Retirement Communities for low- to moderate-income seniors.

About Presbyterian Senior Living: Presbyterian Senior Living is a not-for-profit organization, providing retirement and senior care services since 1927. Headquartered in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, communities provide comprehensive services and accommodations to more than 6,000 seniors in 32 communities across the mid-Atlantic region of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Delaware. Services include Independent Living, Affordable Senior Housing, Personal Care and Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Memory Support, Adult Day Services, Respite Care, At-Home Services and End-of-Life and Comfort Care.


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