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10 Key Differences between Assisted Living and Independent Living in St Petersburg

August 31, 2021

It is critical to comprehend the differences between independent and assisted living, which are the two most common entry points into senior living facilities.

Accommodations for Assisted Living in Saint Petersburg Fl

Independent living amenities include apartments, condos, townhomes, and cottages. Assisted Living homes are often apartments with a private bath and bedroom, living room, and small kitchen. Private or semi-private accommodations are available.

Assisted Living St Petersburg Florida Meals 

When available, up to three meals per day may be supplied to independent residents at an additional expense. There may be a variety of food options available. Three meals are served in a community dining area for assisted living residents, usually at no additional cost.

Services for Housekeeping in Assisted Living Saint Petersburg

Weekly housekeeping services may be available for independent residents at an additional expense. Housekeeping and laundry services are usually provided free of charge to assisted living residents.

St Petersburg Assisted Living Caregivers

Someone who requires specialized care as an independent resident will have to pay for this extra care through a third party. Caregivers are accessible 24/7 in assisted living.

Medication Administration at an Assisted Living Facility St Petersburg Fl

That service may or may not be provided to independent residents, but it is supplied at no additional expense to assisted living residents.

Medical Professionals at Skilled Nursing Facilities in St Petersburg Fl

It may or may not be offered for independent residents, but for assisted living residents, full-time medical personnel is on-site or on call at all times.

Saint Petersburg Assisted Living Facilities ADLs

This is not available to independents. However, it is available 24 hours a day for assisted living residents.

Memory Care St Petersburg Fl Activities

Social trips and events are organized for independent living. A full calendar of daily events can be found in some communities. Various activities are organized every day for assisted living residents to keep them occupied throughout the day.

Independent Living St Petersburg Transportation

Seniors who live alone may have access to transportation to and from doctor's appointments and other errands. Residents of assisted living facilities frequently have vehicles to and from doctor's appointments and other chores.

Sources of Payment at Independent Living Facilities in St Petersburg Fl

Independent living is predominantly a for-profit venture. Section 202 assistance may be available for low-income seniors, but there are significant waiting lists. Assisted living is primarily a for-profit business. Some areas, however, accept Medicare and Medicaid. Lengthy care insurance and Veteran's benefits may pay some of the costs.

Independent care is typically 30-40% less expensive than assisted living, with memory care being even more costly, so choose based on your needs.

 

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

 

Assisted Living in Saint Petersburg: Is it Too Early

July 31, 2021

There are assisted living facilities in St Petersburg Florida that make your loved one's lives’ more comfortable. However, choosing assisted living St Petersburg means making a major decision that can impact the rest of your loved one’s life. This decision shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are some reasons why now may be too early to send your family member to an assisted living program.

They’re not physically ready for assisted living in St Petersburg FL

Can your parents still get upstairs okay? Can they take medication as prescribed, bathe, clean, and eat independently? If your loved one is able to physically get around, assisted living Saint Petersburg Florida-based may be too much a burden for an older adult capable of handling themselves. There’s a sense of community in these programs. But older adults often prefer knowing they can take care of themselves without the help of a trained professional.

They may prefer solitude to assisted living in St Petersburg FL

Many older adults still like their solitude. Being alone sometimes is important at a time in life where older adults want to reflect on their life and enjoy private time with family. These living facilities do a good amount to make sure residents feel they have access to the care they need. But for older adults, a familiar face may be more friendly than someone they’ve never met. Hence, the benefits of solitude may outweigh moving into an assisted living program.

They’re not mentally ready for assisted living in St Petersburg FL

Liking solitude is one thing. Moving into assisted living facilities in Saint Petersburg fl is a huge choice. Assisted living programs present a form of closure some senior citizens might not be ready to embrace. Unresolved conflicts, a joyful personality, and the sorrow that comes from leaving home may be too much to bear. Therefore, it may be better to wait until later so that you and your loved ones can all spend more time together.

Learn More About Assisted Living in St Petersburg FL

One of the worst decisions adult children can make is placing their parents into an assisted living program too early. If they’re still physically and mentally capable, why rush the process? At the very least, older adults may wish to spend more time alone than socializing in assisted living. The benefits are there. But patience is part of making decisions on behalf of older adults.

 

Westminster Communities Of Florida Wins Gold, 5 Awards In 2021 National Mature Media Awards Program

July 9, 2021

Westminster Communities Of Florida  Wins Gold, 5 Awards in 2021 National Mature Media Awards

Westminster Communities of Florida was a winner in the 30th Annual National Mature Media Awards Program. The program, presented by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearing-house for the senior market, recognizes the nation’s finest marketing, communications, educational materials, and programs designed and produced for older adults. 

The organization was pleased to receive a Gold Award for its “Westminster Sings What The World Needs Now (Is Love)” social media campaign, in the category of Social Media. This video, which featured nearly 50 residents and team members representing our 22 communities, is a heart-warming antidote to the hardest days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The video is still available on Westminster’s YouTube channel for viewers to enjoy — go to https://youtu.be/8FhSpfMu_QI.

In addition, Westminster Communities of Florida was recognized with awards for: 

  • The rebrand of the Westminster Communities Foundation, which received a Bronze Award in the category of Marketing and Advertising Campaigns. This campaign of brochures, flyers, personalized donor cultivation materials, recognition gifts and more has contributed to the successful launch of a major new campaign focused on donor recruitment for our charitable foundation. We congratulate the Westminster Communities Foundation team.

  • A campaign offering advice to our team members who graduated high school and college, “Seniors 2 Seniors,” was recognized with a Bronze Award in the category of Social Media. We asked residents what advice they might give, and then captured them offering it and shared it on social media, as well as our internal CCTV systems. Enjoy the video and get their advice on Westminster’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/d4fzkMIP8Io

  • To help provide the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic to our residents and their family members, we created a special “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources” online guide. These web pages contained a variety of information about how residents and their families could stay safe, support each other and our communities, and even a fun kids’ activity pack for summer, when camps and day cares were closed. The COVID-19 guide was recognized with a Bronze Award in the category of Web-based Resource/Tool. These resources are still available and up-to-date at https://www.westminstercommunitiesfl.org/coronavirus-news-and-resources

  • Our “Thank You Team Members” campaign, celebrating our team members for their heroic work of caring for vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, received a Merit Award in the category of Marketing and Advertising Campaigns. It consisted of a campaign of signs, banners, recognition gifts, online graphics, social media posts and more. We congratulate our Human Resources and Creative teams for their work on the campaign.

Those involved with the art direction, design and copywriting for the campaigns were Nicole Muller, Vice President of Sales and Marketing; Wes Meltzer, Director of Marketing and Communications; Katherine Peters, Director of Sales, Chris Ware, Creative Services Coordinator; Natalie Rooney, Creative Design Specialist; and Sydney March, Social Media Specialist.

“We were delighted and honored to have been selected for these awards,” Meltzer said. “Our Creative Team does amazing work. The recognition of the Mature Media Awards just confirms it for us. Westminster Communities of Florida was pleased to take part in the 30th anniversary of the Mature Media Awards program, and very happy with the results.”

The entries were judged by a distinguished panel of mature market experts from across the United States for overall excellence of design, content, creativity and relevance to the senior market.

About Westminster Communities of Florida: Westminster Communities of Florida serves 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. Find out more about how you can Live Well. Be Happy. at a Westminster community – visit our Web site at www.WestminsterCommunitiesFL.org or call 407-839-5050.

 

Signature Recipes to Light Up Your Fourth of July

July 1, 2021

In celebration of Fourth of July, the Westminster Dining Services team brings you five of their Signature Recipes to enjoy with family and friends! The delicious recipes include Grilled Burgers and Toppings, Buffalo Puppies, Spicy Coleslaw, Tomato, Strawberry & Watermelon Salad and Raspberry Lemonade. You can download the entire recipe book by clicking on the cover image or each individual recipe below.


Open the recipe (PDF)


Our Signature Grilled Burgers & Toppings


Our Signature Buffalo Puppies


Our Signature Spicy Coleslaw


Our Signature Baked Potato Salad


Our Signature Tomato, Strawberry & Watermelon Salad


Our Signature Raspberry Lemonade

 
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