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Village On The Isle Welcomes Two New Board Members

February 14, 2017

Attorney Sharon S. Vander Wulp and businessman Michael D. Levine were elected to the Board of Trustees at Village On The Isle, a faith-based, not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community on the Island of Venice.  Ms. Vander Wulp is a practicing attorney in the areas of Real Property, Probate and Estate Planning.  As a long-time Venice resident, she is active in the community through her volunteer work with Venice Kiwanis Club, The Loveland Center, and Habitat for Humanity.  Mr. Levine is the owner/operator of Home Instead Senior Care of Venice and also serves the local community as a Board Member for the Salvation Army and Suncoast Foundation.

Sharon Vander Wulp  Mike Levine

Village On The Isle Names new Director of Assisted Living and Memory Care Services

February 14, 2017

Karla Oliver recently joined Village On The Isle as the Director of Assisted Living and Memory Care Services.  In her role, Mrs. Oliver will serve as Assisted Living Administrator and expand services offered for on-site memory care support programs to resident members and their families who face challenges with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  Before joining Village On The Isle, Mrs. Oliver served in a similar position at Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida in Fort Myers.

Village On The Isle Donates Bus To Loveland Village

December 16, 2016

Village On The Isle, Venice’s only faith-based, not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community, announced today that its local board of trustees unanimously approved to donate an 8-passenger commercial bus to Loveland Village, another not-for-profit organization in Venice.  "Our purpose is not only about making a positive impact on those we serve at Village On The Isle, but also, our local community.  Loveland Village is a very deserving organization accomplishing their mission since 1962.  Their heartfelt programs and services need our support, and we are proud of them", states Joel Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of Village On The Isle.

Among various programs for developmentally disabled individuals such as education, vocational training, residential opportunities, and recreational activities, Loveland Village also offers services such as The Loveland Employ Abilities Program.  It is designed to support persons with special needs by helping them gain paid employment in the community.  "The donation of the passenger bus by Village On The Isle allows our students and residents of Loveland Village to access community amenities and programming off campus, as well as, the opportunity to access available employment" states Phillip Hall, Loveland Manager of Fund Development.

  

A Half Century of Service Celebrated at Village On The Isle

October 11, 2016

VENICE, FL Thirty-seven long-time employees were recently recognized and celebrated for their years of loving and dedicated service to Village On The Isle. On Friday, October 7, 2016, Village On The Isle hosted its inaugural "Milestone Recognition" luncheon to honor the employees who have reached their five, ten, fifteen, and twenty or more years of service as of this year.  The thirty-seven employees have given a total of 539 years of service to Village On The Isle and its residents.

The employees were individually recognized and thanked by their management team, Joel Anderson, CEO of Village On The Isle, and Chris Menzies, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Village On The Isle.

"It’s an honor to work with such an amazing group of dedicated people," says CEO Joel Anderson, "Village On The Isle is very blessed and proud of all of them and their extraordinary lengths of service."

Pictured L to R with name and years of service:
Front row: Carol Muldowney (21), Kristen Myers (Director of Marketing & Sales), Vicki Morehead (27), Bisa Krstec (33), Jimmy Drumgool (22), Fusae Lisenko (27), Sui Lan Ho (23), Linda Johnson (10), Noy Ketterman (10), Ofelia Stanciu (5), Katie Hatch (10), Fitri Clarke (10) and Cathy Ritz (15)

Back row: Susan Reeves (10), Jim Evans (5), Dan Thompson (15), Chris Menzies (Board Chair), Sherry Jerauld (27), Mark Nichols (10), Brandi Miller (10), Janet Nichols (5), Sandy Kuenstner (22), James Rafiner (15), Don Eagen (5) and Joel Anderson, CEO.

Not pictured: Morgan Sheafer (5), Lulu Augustin (5), Kirsten Richards (5), Oreline Raoul-Alexis (5), Ashely Williford (10), Jordan Berg (10), Jeanie Koenig (10), Jonithe Joseph-Zele (10), Kandra Holder (10), Magdala Duperoux (10), Tina Orlikowski (15), Margarita Colcas (24), Raymond Augustin (25), Martin Bustamante (27) and Joann Gatti (31).

Village On The Isle poised to start $100M renovation

September 16, 2016

Venice, FL — Village On The Isle is planning a 10-year, $100 million rejuvenation of its 16.5-acre campus, starting with a $13 million renovation of Mark Manor, the assisted-living residences.

It's part of an ambitious first phase that includes construction of 48 new independent-living apartments, split between two four-story buildings and a new 64-bed skilled nursing facility.

All told, that first phase is expected to cost about $65 million, said Joel Anderson, CEO of Village On The Isle, a nonprofit continuing-care retirement community where people can live independently in condominiums and cottages, then transition to quarters with caregiver assistance as their needs warrant.

The 35-year-old complex is home to roughly 400 residents and 280 full- and part-time staff.

It features two towers for independent apartment homes; seven single-family cottages; a five-story, 90-person assisted-living center; and a 60-bed skilled nursing center.

The renovations are designed to appeal to a more active senior community, as well as add enhanced care, such as 16 apartment-style memory care units at Mark Manor.

"Our idea is to improve our green space on the campus, add a lot of water features," Anderson said. "We’re really in the island mode right now."

The construction is financed through low-interest bonds, paid off through entrance fees paid by new residents. After that, residents pay a monthly service fee that goes strictly to maintenance and upkeep.

The green light

Village On The Isle’s board of directors recently greenlighted the 18-month-long renovation of the 80,000-square-foot Mark Manor, which is expected to begin in early 2017.

As part of the renovation, it will have larger apartments, with occupancy for roughly 70 — including the memory care unit.

Each of Mark Manor’s floors will also have smaller dining areas and caregivers dedicated to each one. The idea is to foster a more home-like setting.

"We want it to feel as home-like as possible, where they don’t have to get up early in the morning and be marched down to the dining room because the dining room opens at 7:30 a.m.," marketing director Kristen Myers noted. "They can wake up at their leisure at 9 a.m. and say ‘I feel like bacon and eggs this morning,’ and we’ll be able to provide for them."

Anderson noted that the average age of Mark Manor resident is 91.

The household model gives residents more immediate access to services.

"They’ll still have some common spaces where they all can go for bigger events, but the services at their doorstep is key," Anderson said. "If you look all over the country, you’re seeing household models be more successful because people don’t want to be in a large, congregate setting".

"When you’re talking about narrowing down to the households, you’re really able to tailor services to the residents’ needs."

The rest of phase one calls for the construction of 48 new independent living apartments, split evenly between two new four-story buildings, and a new 64-bed Luke Haven skilled-nursing center.

The new residences will fit the Venice model of condo living, Anderson said, with large balconies that people can enjoy.

Village On The Isle, which added an ice cream parlor last winter, also will diversify its dining options adding, for, example, a sports bar where residents can watch a football game and enjoy a hamburger and a beer.

The second phase would include tearing down the existing Luke Haven facility and replacing it with a 40,000- to 50,000-square-foot community center.

"That, to me, would be a real draw," Anderson said. "It basically adds wellness and fitness, an indoor pool, two restaurants, a chapel, arts and a theater hall — those kind of rich amenities that somewhat match up to the lifestyle in Venice."

That could happen as soon as 2023. Subsequent phases would involve renovating or replacing existing independent living quarters.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20160916/village-on-isle-poised-to-start-100m-renovation

Village On The Isle Launches New Brand and Logo

August 15, 2016

Venice, FL  Village On The Isle, a full service, not-for-profit, faith-based continuing care retirement community located on the Island of Venice, Florida, formally announced its new marketing brand and logo today.  The brand and logo come with a newly-designed website and successful launch of a new continuing care option sure to deliver greater peace of mind for retiring senior adults.

The new website (Village On The Isle) was rebranded to reflect both the wonderful island lifestyle that Venice has to offer and the vision for the future of the Village On The Isle campus.  Wirthwein Mature Marketing, BlueSpire Senior Living, and BrandStory Experts assisted the organization in the re-development of its marketing brand and logo.  The new wave logo evokes a simple, calming and timeless design along with an elegant typeface that promotes an inviting experience Village On The Isle is well-known for as a community.

Additionally, Village On The Isle timed the announcement with a new continuing care option called the "Enhanced Living Plan" where residential living at Village On The Isle also extends certain healthcare benefits at no additional monthly cost should residents ever need it.  Village On The Isle’s 16-acre campus featuring 218 residential style apartments and cottages, 90 assisted living apartments and 60 skilled nursing & rehabilitative beds. 

"We are delighted with the results of the past several months of hard work on this project," says Joel Anderson, Chief Executive Officer.  "It has never been a more exciting time than now to be part of Village On The Isle, and this new brand and logo is a reflection of our enthusiasm and focus on our continued commitment to residents, staff members and the local community in serving out Village On The Isle’s mission daily."

For more information, please visit www.VillageOnTheIsle.com

Village On The Isle Scholarship Awards Program

May 15, 2016

Village On The Isle Residents, Board of Trustees, and the Auxiliary held their Annual Scholarship Awards Program on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Over one-hundred people attended the celebration to honor staff members of Village On The Isle to further their academic education. The recipients were selected by a resident committee on the basis of academic merit to attend local and in-state technical schools, colleges and universities. Over $50,000 of scholarship funds were awarded to 18 future innovators and leaders. Joel Anderson, CEO, was the guest speaker.

Seated left to right from the top: (First Row) Tammy Williams, Ashley Hodges, Victoria Pechin, Gena Murphy, Carley Ottman,  (Second Row) Mark Nichols, Robert Basilotto, Casey Brown, Jamie McCollum, and Ashlee Ramnarine,  (Third Row Standing) Alexandra Hudson, Janice Maxwell, Ruth Obel, Charlotte Couch, Larisa Sammons, and Kartia Jean. Other recipients not included in the photo were Alan Rak and Courtney Weidner.

Village On The Isle attends Largest Global Tea Party

March 23, 2016

Venice, FL  Luke Haven, an award-winning skilled nursing center that is part of the full continuum at Village on the Isle, participated in the World’s Largest Tea Party.  The event was held in celebration of Nutrition and Hydration Week with the goal to showcase the need for proper maintaining good health. The tea party is held every year on the third Wednesday of March at exactly 2 PM.  Across the world, participants must hold their tea party at exactly 2 PM to be considered part of the event.  The tea party originated in England, of course, and was a way to celebrate neighborly relationships.  Neighbors were to share a cup of tea, get to know your each other and make sure their needs were being met.  Village on the Isle’s Luke Haven was the only skilled nursing center in the United States to participate.  The Global Tea Party is on its way to being recognized by the Guinness World Book as the World’s Biggest Tea Party!

Luke Haven hosted seventy residents, family members and staff members during the event.  The theme for the tea was “Don’t be a Fish out of Water; Stay Hydrated!”  Residents enjoyed Shamrock milk shakes, sno-cones, and a variety of delicious snacks.  Kathleen Blackburn, CDM for Luke Haven, states, "Our residents always enjoy participating in this annual event and seeing how we come up with ways to have fun, establish and build friendships and, of course, stay healthy!"

Village on the Isle is a faith based, not for profit organization that offers apartment residences and cottages, assisted living, and skilled nursing services on its beautiful 16 acre campus located less than a half mile from the Gulf of Mexico.  For more information, please call (941) 484-9753 or visit www.villageontheisle.com

 

Village on the Isle awarded First Place "Best Local Senior Living Community"

February 29, 2016

Venice, FL.  Village on the Isle was recently awarded First Place as "Best Senior Living Community" by local residents and readers of the Herald-Tribune newspaper in Venice. As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) serving over 425 senior adults on its campus, they were honored to receive this recognition. "We are delighted to receive this award based on the large number of high-quality retirement communities in the local area that are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those we serve", states Joel Anderson, Chief Executive Officer.

Village on the Isle has been located on the Island of Venice for almost 35 years providing residential living for senior adults and offering a wide variety of amenities and lifestyle-oriented programs plus healthcare services, such as wellness, assisted living and skilled nursing and rehabilitative services.  Village on the Isle was a finalist in all applicable categories as it relates to best assisted living, skilled nursing, and retirement community by the Herald-Tribune’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

About: Village on the Isle is a faith-based, not for profit organization that offers apartment residences and cottages, assisted living, and skilled nursing services on its beautiful 16 acre campus located less than a half mile from the Gulf of Mexico.  For more information, please call (941) 484-9753 or visit www.villageontheisle.com.

 

Village on the Isle Awarded Best Of Venice for Skilled Nursing

February 5, 2016

Venice, FL.  Village on the Isle has once again earned recognition as Best of Venice by local residents and readers of the Venice Gondolier Sun newspaper.  Village on the Isle was honored for highest quality of care in the category of skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long term care providers.

As one of six local area skilled nursing centers, the organization was very excited to receive this recognition.  "It is with great honor and gratitude to accept this prestigious award on behalf of our residents and staff members" states Kristy Tolley, Health Administrator for Luke Haven. 

Luke Haven, a 60-bed skilled nursing center that ranks among the highest in the region and country for quality care, is on the campus of Village on the Isle.  They are located less than half a mile from the Gulf of Mexico in charming Venice, Florida.  Village on the Isle is a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) that offers independent apartment residences and cottages, assisted living, and skilled nursing.  For more information, please call (941) 484-9753 or visit www.villageontheisle.com.

Village On The Isle Undergoes Campus Master Planning

February 2, 2016

Venice, FL  Village On The Isle today announced that it has begun the first phase of campus master planning.  For almost 35 years, Village On The Isle, a faith-based, non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), has offered residential living, amenities and services for senior adults.  As a CCRC, resident members can enjoy an active retirement lifestyle but also have a plan for future access to quality healthcare services that limit their financial risks.

The board of trustees for Village on the Isle appointed RLPS Architects, a firm who specializes in master planning for senior living communities, to review the existing property and buildings, and develop a master plan that meets the long-term strategic vision of the organization.

"The master planning project is a comprehensive process involving a variety of objectives to achieve", says Chris Menzies, board chairman.  "The board of trustees recognize the importance of developing this type of plan so we can set direction for the next 10-15 years where Village On The Isle will continue to meet the preferences of seniors who choose to live at our community”. 

Village on the Isle offers a full continuum of senior living options.  Generally, a large number of residents move into Village on the Isle after spending a portion of their early retirement years on the island.  “Residents are thrilled there is a retirement living choice here on the island and it is something we understand is a valuable part of their decision-making", says Kristen Myers, marketing director.  "It is nice to see many relationships of our residents pre-existed before they moved into Village on the Isle which makes our community even more special."

Joel Anderson, chief executive officer of Village On The Isle, anticipates there will be immediate plans to enhance the amenities within their independent living private residences and general community spaces such as dining rooms, auditorium and entertainment spaces, and areas around the campus that keep residents engaged and enjoying life with their neighbors.  The healthcare centers will have several updates as well.  They intend to add a new memory care support program for their resident members.  "For our healthcare operations, we don’t have a strong desire to grow but actually a greater desire to tailor and specialize in certain programs that serve our resident members more effectively as they age and develop special needs or require more one-on-one support", says Anderson.  "We are very excited about our future".

For more information, please visit www.VillageOnTheIsle.com

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