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Westminster Oaks New Memory Care Building Hosts Ribbon-Cutting and Blessing of The Building

October 13, 2021

Executive Director Shannon Sauls, at center, holds the scissors for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting. (From left) Westminster Communities of Florida CEO Terry Rogers, Westminster Oaks Resident Council President James Melton, Board Member Linda Shelley, Sauls, Board Member John Milton V, Chief Operating Officer Garry D. Hennis, and LeadingAge Florida President Steve Bahmer.

Following a ceremonial event, 32 residents will move into this innovative
new Memory Care Assisted Living residence at Tallahassee’s only Life Plan Community

Today, the new Memory Care neighborhood at Westminster Oaks hosted its ceremonial ribbon-cutting event and a “Blessing of the Building” prayer. This new neighborhood at Westminster Oaks, a Life Plan Community in Tallahassee, features 32 apartments for Assisted Living residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia with dedicated, specialized amenities and spaces to support these residents.

Westminster Oaks and Westminster Communities of Florida are delighted to welcome this newest addition to the community. “This is one of the most exciting ways in which our community has expanded, because we are doing something completely different and innovative,” said Westminster Oaks Executive Director Shannon Sauls. “It’s a very exciting time to be here at Westminster Oaks.”

The new Memory Care neighborhood is an expansion of the Life Plan Community, which serves more than 600 residents with Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Nursing Care, Rehabilitation and more. Residents will receive Memory Care and Assisted Living services in spaces custom-designed to support their needs. They will also receive personalized resident engagement programming based on the Montessori method, and a customized dining program called Small Bites that is designed to their wants and needs.

It was designed as a set of small, secure neighborhoods with spacious private apartments, a memory garden and more. In addition, it features innovative and sustainable building features, like higher-efficiency HVAC systems, zero VOC paints and sealants, and long life-span construction materials, and was constructed to the National Green Building Standard Silver level.

Memory Care at Westminster Oaks was designed by THW Design of Atlanta and built by Cook Brothers, Inc., of Tallahassee.

“Today’s event really showcases how Westminster’s Mission is continuing to grow and to expand to serve more residents and in very different ways. Our Memory Care programs are central to that,” said Terry Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of Westminster Communities of Florida, to welcome the new residents. “On behalf of Westminster Communities of Florida’s leadership team, let me be the first to congratulate everyone. We are very much looking forward to the residents here moving in!”

Rogers noted that the construction of the Memory Care neighborhood has supported more than $9 million in investment at Westminster Oaks. “I am just so proud of that number,” he said. “We have had a lot of economic headwinds over the last couple of years, and we were still able to get it done, thanks to the support of our Board of Directors and the residents we serve.”

The Memory Care center at Westminster Oaks was designed from the beginning with the unique needs and expectations of older adults in mind. The residences were designed to incorporate views of the natural settings, and resident mental and physical health were of utmost importance in the design process.

Linda Shelley, representing Westminster Communities of Florida’s Board of Directors, said, “There aren’t any of us who don’t know someone who has needed support like this, or has a close friend, or someone we know. Until the time comes when memory care isn’t necessary, it is important to all of us that our residents and loved ones have a safe and beautiful place to be, and to enjoy their lives. Thank you, on behalf of the Board.”

The ceremonial ribbon-cutting was performed by Sauls, the Executive Director; accompanied by Rogers, the CEO; Garry D. Hennis, Chief Operating Officer; Chris Wickberg, Vice President of Design and Construction; Westminster Oaks Residents’ Council President, James Melton; Shelley and John Milton V, representing the Board of Directors; and LeadingAge Florida CEO Steve Bahmer.

Today’s ceremony also featured a “Blessing of the Building” prayer from the Rev. Taylor Phillips, the community’s chaplain, and welcoming remarks from Mr. Melton.

Residents are expected to begin moving into their new residences in the coming weeks.

The new Memory Care building at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee, featuring 32 new apartment residences for Memory Care Assisted Living.

Chaplain Taylor Phillips leads the invocation and blessing.

Westminster Communities of Florida Chief Executive Officer Terry Rogers offers a welcome and congratulations.

 

Signature Recipes For This Football Season

September 27, 2021

The Westminster Dining Services team brings you six of their Signature Recipes to enjoy with family and friends this fall while watching college and professional football games! The delicious recipes include Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Pepper Jelly Glaze, Onion Burger "Hot Dogs" with Sweet Chile Relish, Macaroni and Cheese, Cucumber and Sweet Pepper Salad, Roasted Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges and Cowboy Cookies. You can download the entire recipe book by clicking on the cover image or each individual recipe below.


Open the recipe (PDF)


Our Signature Slow Cooker Pulled Pork


Our Signature Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Pepper Jelly Glaze


Our Signature Onion Burger "Hot Dogs" with Sweet Chile Relish


Our Signature Macaroni and Cheese


Our Signature Cucumber and Sweet Pepper Salad


Our Signature Roasted Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges


Our Signature Cowboy Cookies

 

Westminster CEO Terry Rogers Appointed To LeadingAge Florida Board Of Directors

September 2, 2021

Westminster CEO Terry Rogers Appointed To LeadingAge Florida Board Of DirectorsWestminster Communities of Florida is delighted to announce the appointment of Chief Executive Officer Terry Rogers to the Board of Directors of LeadingAge Florida, the state’s leading advocacy association for not-for-profit senior living communities. The announcement was made at LeadingAge Florida’s annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

LeadingAge Florida advocates on behalf of its more than 500 members, including Life Plan Communities, Assisted Living and Nursing Care providers, low-income affordable housing retirement communities, and more. Rogers is a strong advocate for the interests and welfare of older adults in Florida and will lend his voice to LeadingAge Florida’s continued efforts.

“I am honored to serve as member of the LeadingAge Florida Board,” said Rogers. “The work of the association is absolutely vital to the wellbeing of older adults throughout our state. At this time of great challenge for all senior living communities, I am happy to work with the LeadingAge Florida staff and my peers on behalf of all of the members.”

 Rogers has been CEO of Westminster Communities of Florida since 2020. A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in Financial Management, Rogers is a noted leader in the field of senior living and a regular presenter at regional and national conferences.

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 throughout Florida who are in search of an enlightened, fully integrated, person-centered approach to health and wellness. Since 1954, we’ve been Florida’s best choice in active senior living. Our Mission of service commits us to creating and preserving excellent active living communities and honoring each person’s dignity, rights, self-respect and independence.

 

LeadingAge Florida’s Advocate Of The Year Award Given To Westminster CFO Hank Keith

September 2, 2021

LeadingAge Florida’s Advocate Of The Year Award Given To Westminster CFO Hank KeithToday, LeadingAge Florida honored Westminster Communities of Florida’s CFO, Hank Keith, for his extraordinary advocacy for older adults – far beyond the residents of Westminster communities, and throughout the state.

The announcement was made at LeadingAge Florida’s 58th Annual Conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

Keith was recognized for his exceptional dedication to the older adults who choose to live in senior living communities throughout Florida. He was recognized for his countless to advocate for the aging services field through the Florida Legislature over the past several years. His cultivated expertise and personal integrity make him a highly regarded, well-respected, trusted, and much loved individual among the many in our field. In the recent past, he testified in front of the Florida House when the Legislature was considering healthcare spending cuts to CARES Act funding to address a projected $2.7 billion shortfall in the state budget. His expert testimony helped the committee and the Legislature understand the impact of CARES Act and PPP loan funding, increased expenses, and decreased occupancy levels in senior living communities.

Over the years, he has participated in many conferences, leadership forums, and seminars to share his knowledge and expertise with others in an effort to aid in their success, from LeadingAge and LeadingAge Florida, to The Senior Care Investor, Ziegler and many more.

Keith has served Westminster Communities of Florida and its residents since 1993, first as controller, and then as Chief Financial Officer since 1994. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the University of Florida, and a recognized speaker at many meetings in the field of senior housing and services.

Westminster Communities of Florida is proud to have such an exceptional leader contributing to our Mission. It is through his hard work that we are able to serve older adults throughout Florida and make the greater communities we serve stronger at the same time.

Please join us in congratulating Hank Keith on this award!

About LeadingAge Florida: Established in 1963 as a Florida not-for-profit corporation. LeadingAge Florida is committed to assisting members in achieving excellence as providers, businesses, and employers. To accomplish this goal, the Association provides up-to-date regulatory information, a wide variety of educational opportunities, representation before the legislature and government agencies, group purchasing services, and opportunities for networking with peers.

The Association is comprised of more than 250 mission-driven communities, representing more than 500 facilities and more than 140 business associates. More than 80,000 seniors live in LeadingAge Florida member communities. Thousands more are served through home health services, adult day care centers, and other community outreach programs offered by our members. LeadingAge Florida members are economic engines, providing an estimated 25,000 jobs statewide. They are sponsored primarily by community-based nonprofit civic, religious, fraternal, and other mission-driven organizations.

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 throughout Florida who are in search of an enlightened, fully integrated, person-centered approach to health and wellness. Since 1954, we’ve been Florida’s best choice in active senior living. Our Mission of service commits us to creating and preserving excellent active living communities and honoring each person’s dignity, rights, self-respect and independence.

 

Signature Recipes To Enjoy This Summer

August 20, 2021

The Westminster Dining Services team brings you six of their Signature Recipes to enjoy with family and friends this summer! The delicious recipes include Florida Beef Sliders with Avocado Salad & Pickles, Shrimp Roll, Tomato Sandwich, Sweet Potato Wedges, Elote Salad and Florida Mango Bread Pudding. You can download the entire recipe book by clicking on the cover image or each individual recipe below.


Open the recipe (PDF)


Our Signature Florida Beef Sliders with Avocado Salad & Pickles


Our Signature Shrimp Roll


Our Signature Tomato Sandwich


Our Signature Sweet Potato Wedges


Our Signature Elote Salad


Our Signature Florida Mango Bread Pudding

 
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