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Celebrate National Pie Day with Our Signature Recipes

January 23, 2020

Celebrate National Pie Day with Our Signature Recipes

Our chefs love to cook and bake for the residents we serve! We've learned that the residents especially love some of our signature pies.

Join us in celebrating National Pie Day and try these recipes for a strawberry pie, a chocolate pecan pie and a peanut butter pie, just some of our chef-developed recipes just for our residents.

Try the recipes today, and let us know what you think!

 

We Celebrated Your Life All Year Long in 2019, with Special Resident Experience Events

January 21, 2020

All throughout 2019, Westminster Communities of Florida residents celebrated each month with exciting themed activities and events, as part of our Celebrating Your Life program. This monthly calendar of various themed activities and events was 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.

We’re excited to announce that, for the entire year, we announced an overall winner. Please congratulate Westminster Shores for coming in #1 in 2019’s Celebrating Your Life program!

Learn about all the fun we had last year:

December – Celebrating The Holidays

How do you celebrate Christmas and New Year’s? We discovered a whole world of celebration, plus a celebration of “Physical Fit”mas, annual choral and musical performances, holiday scavenger hunts and decorating contests — and more than a few New Year’s Eve parties, too. Happy New Year!

1st Place – Tie with Westminster Manor, Westminster Woods on Julington Creek, Westminster Shores, Westminster Palms and Westminster Towers

2nd Place – Westminster Point Pleasant

3rd Place – Westminster Oaks

November – Celebrating Gratitude

Each Thanksgiving, many of us enjoy gathering with our family and friends and sharing what we’re grateful for this year. With “Celebrating Gratitude,” we shared a variety of celebrations, from thanking local police and first responders, and sharing friendship with each other, to packing shoeboxes and sending greeting cards to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces serving abroad. What are you thankful for this year?

1st Place – Tie with Westminster Shores, Westminster Palms and Westminster St. Augustine

2nd Place – Westminster Manor

3rd Place – Westminster Woods on Julington Creek

Photos Celebrating Gratitude at our communities in November.

October – Celebrating The Arts

The residents and staff in our communities are amazingly artistic. All throughout the month, we celebrated every kind of art: We made kites, baked pies, enjoyed theatrical and choral performances, and so much more.

1st Place – Westminster Shores

2nd Place – Tie with Westminster Palms and Westminster Towers

3rd Place – Tie with Westminster St. Augustine, Westminster Woods on Julington Creek and Westminster Oaks

Photos showcasing The Arts at our communities in October.

September – Celebrate Active Aging

Aging is a part of life, but this month, we celebrated being active and having a great time! We treated ourselves to healthy dining choices, physical wellbeing events, meditation classes, and an astronomy night. Being happy never gets old at a Westminster community!

1st Place – Tied for Westminster Palms, Westminster Shores and Westminster Towers

2nd Place – Westminster Oaks

3rd Place – Westminster Manor

Photos celebrating Active Aging at our communities in September.

August – Celebrate The World Around You

In August, we celebrated “The World Around You” all month long. Our residents and team members enjoyed events ranging from dinners featuring international cuisine and presentations by world traveling residents, to musical events and even nature and birding trips.

Congratulations to our August winners:

1st Place – Westminster Shores

2nd Place – Westminster Palms

3rd Place – Westminster Towers

Photos showcasing The World Around You at our communities in August.

July - Celebrate Patriotism

"Celebrate Patriotism" was the theme for the month of July. Throughout the month resident and team members enjoyed many patriotic events: Fourth of July fireworks, red, white and blue yoga, virtual America, a historical happy hour and much more. 

Congratulations to our July winners!

1st place – Westminster Palms

2nd place – Westminster Shores

3rd place – Westminster Woods on Julington Creek

June - Bucket List Trip 

What's on your bucket list? Throughout the month of June, we celebrated "Bucket List" items. We conquered some fears and went rock climbing, listened to a live mariachi band, tried some exotic foods, like fried frog legs, cricket-based protein chips and much more. 

Congratulations to our June winners!

1st place – Westminster Shores

2nd place – Westminster Palms

3rd place – Westminster Point Pleaseant 

May – Spring, When Life Blooms 

We continue to celebrate each month with a unique theme. In May, we celebrated “Spring, When Life Blooms,” Westminster Shores, took the first-place prize for the second time this year.

Residents and team members participated in many spring-themed events: Planting Key lime trees, spring fashion shows, a Mother’s Day tea, a musical, and much more.

1st place – Westminster Shores

2nd place – Westminster Woods on Julington Creek

3rd place – Westminster Oaks

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.

 

This National Pharmacist Day, We Thank Our Team Members

January 12, 2020

Celebrating National Pharmacist Day

Today is National Pharmacist Day! Each year, we say thanks to the dedicated pharmacists who serve our residents. Their work requires a commitment to precision, as well as a desire to serve — they play a critically important role in providing care, helping older adults stay healthy. Westminster Pharmacy Services provides pharmacy support for the residents of Westminster Communities of Florida, as well as several other communities in Florida.

To thank them for their service, Dominick DeSarro, Vice President of Pharmacy Services, wrote an open letter to his staff, thanking them for their dedication to their profession. Read the letter now.

We asked the Westminster Pharmacy Services team to take a step into the spotlight and share their stories. Some of our team responded simply that the most important part of working as a pharmacist was having a desire to take care of people — and that “Westminster’s commitment to our residents and our values as an organization” are why they choose to serve our residents.

Why should you choose to work as a pharmacist, this National Pharmacist Day? “You will gain a family and support system that cares about your success,” another said.

Meet some of our superhero pharmacists – and be sure to thank your neighborhood pharmacist today!

Dr. Teri West, Consultant Pharmacist

Q: How long have you been at Westminster?

I have been here since July 2015.

Q: Why did you decide to work as a pharmacist?

To be an advocate for older adults trying to navigate complex medication regimens and help them avoid dangerous side effects.

Q: What brought you to Westminster?

It was the opportunity to impact more older adults.

Q: What do you like best about serving WCOF employees and residents?

I get to help hundreds of grandparents, even though mine are no longer with me, except in in spirit.

Q: This National Pharmacist Day, what’s the top reason you would recommend a career in pharmacy?

You should consider a career in pharmacy to become a support person and a solution for other caregivers and nurses every day, who share our calling to serve older adults.

Q: What’s one fun fact that your co-workers don’t know about you?

I love the game of pinochle! I used to go to the senior center with my grandma and play with her friends.

Dr. Chris Marian, Pharmacist In Charge, Bradenton

Q: How long have you been at Westminster?

Three years.

Q: Why did you decide to work as a pharmacist?

I became interested in it when I was helping my grandmother with her medications, growing up.

Q: What brought you to Westminster?

This has been a very unique opportunity to help residents over multiple levels of care, and the ability to develop closer relationships with the residents.

Q: What do you like best about serving WCOF employees and residents?

The opportunity to get to know them better and provide them with more personalized care, while serving them from down the hall or elevator from their apartment buildings.

Q: This National Pharmacist Day, what’s the top reason you would recommend a career in pharmacy?

You get the satisfaction of helping others by making their medication process more convenient, guiding them toward better health, and saving them money.

Q: What’s one fun fact that your co-workers don’t know about you?

I can speak three languages: English, Greek and Spanish.

Dr. Courtney Schmidt, Consultant Pharmacist and Staff Pharmacist

Q: How long have you been at Westminster?

I have been here one and a half years.

Q: Why did you decide to work as a pharmacist?

I enjoy taking care of people and I like a challenge.

Q: What brought you to Westminster?

A friend recommended Westminster to me.

Q: What do you like best about serving WCOF employees and residents?

I like getting to know our residents and knowing that I’m able to help them.

Q: This National Pharmacist Day, what’s the top reason you would recommend a career in pharmacy?

I recommend it because you have the ability to help others who are in need.

Q: What’s one fun fact that your co-workers don’t know about you?

Previously I have lived in Africa.

Dr. Lance Fontenot, Staff Pharmacist

Q: How long have you been at Westminster?

Sixteen years.

Q: Why did you decide to work as a pharmacist?

I wanted to help heal people.

Q: What brought you to Westminster?

It was a change of scenery.

Q: What do you like best about serving WCOF employees and residents?

I like having the ability to help heal sick people and bring them back to health through our services.

Q: This National Pharmacist Day, what’s the top reason you would recommend a career in pharmacy?

Today, we’ll get free doughnuts!

Q: What’s one fun fact that your co-workers don’t know about you?

I can speak Spanish, too.

 
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