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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.

 

Boost Your Well-Being in St. Petersburg Independent Living Communities with These Festive Fall Activities

August 31, 2021

Fall is almost here! As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, this season is the perfect time of year for residents of independent living facilities in St. Petersburg FL to enrich their mental and physical health with fall-themed activities. We’ve curated a list of some wellness-focused fall activities for seniors in St. Petersburg that are easy and safe to do in challenging times – continue reading to learn more!

Tailgate Weekends

The advent of fall is nearly synonymous with the kickoff to a fresh football season. Saturdays and Sundays are dominated by America’s most-watched sport, and tailgating is one of the best ways to come together and enjoy a social setting. Socialization can lighten your mood and make you feel happier, and it may even lower your risk of dementia. Even seniors who don’t enjoy football can still enjoy the following tailgating ideas:

  • Set up an outdoor lunch with hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken wings, and more.
  • Encourage everyone to wear apparel from their favorite teams.
  • Bring a TV and turn it to any of the day’s games for extra entertainment.

Seasonal Gardening

Fall is the best time of year to plant perennial flower bulbs, which are those that bloom year after year. Make note of your favorite flowers and consider which ones you’d like to see sprout in a few months. Daffodils, tulips, and hyacinth are popular choices due to their adaptability to all planting zones. Then, come spring, you’ll be able to reap the full rewards of your gardening investment! Flowers are proven to improve mood, memory, and energy, as well as aid in relaxation, making them an ideal activity for residents of St. Petersburg Florida independent living.

Soak Up the Scenery

Fall is a delight to the senses – the trees change colors, crunchy leaves adorn the ground, and the air feels a little less heavy. There’s no better way to make the most of the season than simply getting outside and enjoying it firsthand! Consider any of the following activities:

  • Open a window to let that fresh fall air in.
  • Take a walk down a block or two around your St. Petersburg independent living neighborhood.
  • Sit back and relax on your backyard or porch. Don’t be afraid to put your legs up!

Whip Up Festive Treats

Apples, pumpkins, cinnamon – these are all staples of many fall-themed recipes. Cooking and baking more often are both good for you because, not only do they enhance new skills, but they also allow you to save money and control what goes into the food you eat. Furthermore, cooking is an act of patience, mindfulness, an outlet for creative expression, and helps to raise one’s self esteem after a job well done. All of these are reasons why making fall treats benefits your mental health (as well as your stomach). So, dust off your favorite recipe book and get to it! Might we suggest:

  • Caramel apple pie.
  • Pumpkin cinnamon rolls.
  • Apple cider donuts.
  • And whatever else you love!

Fall presents those in St. Petersburg independent living with a beautiful opportunity to make the most of the great outdoors. Even if you choose not to step foot outside, all it takes is an open window to let those incredible sights and sounds inside. To learn more about premier living in St. Petersburg, give Westminster Shores a call today. Chart your course to luxurious accommodations and amenities in our independent living facilities on the stunning waterfront of Tampa Bay!

 

5 Perks of Assisted Living in Tallahassee Florida

August 31, 2021

Many family members find it challenging to transition someone they love into Tallahassee Fl assisted living.

Seniors today must make numerous decisions about where they will live, as different locations have different rates, and they may be apprehensive about living too far away from friends and family.

Independent living Tallahassee Florida-based is a good choice for seniors who can benefit from 24-hour assistance but are not entirely reliant. Here are five perks of moving into Tallahassee Memory Care facilities.

No Yard Work or Home Maintenance for Assisted Living in Tallahassee

Saying goodbye to yard work and home maintenance is one of the significant benefits of living in a senior community. Your monthly independent living Tallahassee fees cover all of these expenses. You could even be able to add housekeeping services to your package.

Pay One Fee for Majority Tallahassee Memory Care Expenses.

We're not going to lie to you and tell you that senior living communities are cheap. When you tally up your monthly living expenses, which include everything from cable and internet access to property taxes and entertainment, you'll find that skilled nursing facilities Tallahassee FL-located are more inexpensive than you imagined.

Most assisted living facility Tallahassee residents don't require a vehicle since practically everything they require is there, and a ride is provided to move about.

Tallahassee Assisted Living Has Numerous Nearby Amenities 

You'll want to consider the convenience as well as the cost savings of having so many activities you enjoy doing so near to home. On-site amenities include fitness classes, adult education, entertainment, and exquisite eating selections crafted by professional chefs.

You can locate a senior community that offers your favorite interests, whether hiking, cycling, golf, gardening, or weight training.

Meet New People at Assisted Living Facility Tallahassee

You'll meet other seniors who share your interests while you're out and about in your neighborhood doing what you love. If you've discovered that your friends have decreased, contemplate entering a choir, an exercise group, or a class to meet fascinating individuals your age at the facility.

Moving to Assisted Living Facilities in Tallahassee Florida While Healthy is Less Stressful

Selling a house and moving to assisted living facilities near Tallahassee can be distressing for seniors experiencing changes in their mental and physical health. Your children may bear the brunt of the burden of selling your property, as they are under pressure to accept an offer, so you may move.

 

Transitioning to Memory Care in Tallahassee

August 31, 2021

People don’t normally think about what might be needed to move a parent or elderly relative into memory care and assisted living in Tallahassee. Similar to how many folks don’t plan for their own funeral, the idea of transitioning a relative is foreign, abstract, and not connected to daily living - until it is. And, when people do try to engage at the last minute without good planning, mistakes happen with ramifications that can last years.

Planning and Coordination of Tallahassee Memory Care Make a Difference

Before any kind of transition to assisted living in Tallahassee Florida should occur, a good amount of planning and family coordination should happen first. A transition is a huge life change with a permanent outcome. Everyone in a family should be consulted so the move is not a surprise, including the relative to be moved first and foremost. Given the loss of memory that occurs, reminding the relative of the plan will be needed as well. It will be tough to go through the shock multiple times, but the effort will be worth the work.

Pack and Help the Move to Assisted Living in Tallahassee Occur 

Work with a relative to be moved and help them pack. Go through what makes sense to bring as well as what to let go of. No one ever wants to suddenly be packed up out of their home and moved without warning, especially when a home has meant so much to one’s life. Instead, help the relative with the packing process and spend time with them as they mentally adjust to the change. 

Personalize the New Home in Tallahassee Memory Care

A new Tallahassee FL assisted living location can seem foreign, even clinical. Focus on personalizing it as soon as possible. This will give the relative a sense of connection and adjustment to the change and new home to be far more than just suddenly showing up to a blank room. It might cost a bit more to have the room for a month or so while transitioning, but multiple visits and “moving in” can make for an easier time and process as well as less anxiety.

Post-Move Follow-up in Tallahassee FL Assisted Living

The move to assisted living facilities near Tallahassee is not over just because it’s physically complete. Transition to assisted living facilities in Tallahassee Florida takes months after first arriving, so expect to visit frequently to make adjustments, fix things, follow up on issues, and help the relative feel at home, that someone is listening to them and they were not just abandoned. Over time, dementia will continue, and the move will be a thing of the past, but in the immediate moment, it will matter. Presence can also help vent and release frustration as well as coax acceptance to the new location. 

At Westminster Oaks, we regularly help families transition from a relative to assisted living in Tallahassee Florida. We know the change is challenging, anxiety-inducing, and frustrating when done wrong. We want our new tenants to feel arrival is a new chapter, not a bad experience. So, we make a point to help families proactively with transition, starting first with the relative needing memory care the most. Call us to schedule a visit and find out more. We know our program can make a big difference in a challenging time in life for your family.

 
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