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Village On The Isle opens the Caspersen Loft

February 22, 2018

Village On The Isle opens the Caspersen Loft


VENICE, FL. Village On The Isle officially announced the opening of the Caspersen Loft which is part of a multi-million dollar phased improvement plan for its licensed assisted living building, known as Mark Manor.

For over 35 years, Village On The Isle, a faith-based, not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), has extended residential living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care to older adults. As a CCRC, resident members enjoy an active retirement lifestyle, but also have a plan for future access to quality healthcare services, such as the Caspersen Loft, when needed.

Family Room          

The Caspersen Loft consists of sixteen (16) apartment residences uniquely designed to support those who may have cognitive challenges from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The physical design elements were carefully created to benefit residents to stay safe, independent, and enjoy a home-like residential living arrangement. Trained and certified staff are available around-the-clock to provide care and support, promote fun and engaging activities, and offer a quality, family-style dining experience.

Village On The Isle’s board of trustees gave the "green light" to their management team to develop the Caspersen Loft using senior living design experts RLPS Architects (Lancaster, PA), Wegman Design Group (Naples, FL), Stevens Construction (Fort Myers, FL), and Harper Consulting (Naples, FL).

The design team used best practices adopted by nationally-recognized programs and thought-leaders from the Green House Project, Eden Alternative, and Pioneer Network. Educators from the Green House Project’s Center for Innovation conducted training last week for staff members and performed a Home Study to share insights to the unique attributes involving design and support for older adults with cognitive issues.

Village On The Isle is also undergoing a $72 million expansion to construct 46 new residential apartment homes, known as the Emerald Terraces, and build a replacement 64-unit skilled nursing health center. "The campus improvements are part of a multi-phase repositioning of our 16-acre campus," says Joel Anderson, chief executive officer of Village On The Isle. "Our continuum of healthcare provides peace of mind for current and future residents as well as their adult children and other loved ones who may be concerned about finding a quality-driven care provider at a time of need."

"Residents at Village On The Isle live worry-free about these concerns and continue to live life to its fullest as they travel, spend time with friends and family, volunteer, and stay active," says Anderson.

The Caspersen Loft includes a living room, dining room, country kitchen, and family room for residents to enjoy right at the doorstep of their apartment residence. Apartment residences in the Caspersen Loft are all private units with eight distinct floor plans up to 692 square feet of living space, kitchenette, walk-in closets, and private bathroom. Throughout the Caspersen Loft, it is tastefully decorated using local beach-theme décor to accentuate the "Caspersen" name that residents have enjoyed in the local Venice area.

The family room offers plenty of space for meaningful recreation and social activities, including movie night with popcorn. The country kitchen gives residents the freedom to wake up when they want to with a "ready-made breakfast" prepared while they discuss the events of the day with caring staff members and neighbors of the Caspersen Loft.

  

Lunch and dinner are served family-style from the country kitchen. Residents may invite guests anytime they want. They also can enjoy the smell and delights of fresh-baked breads and cookies from the country kitchen as they pencil color, play dominos, and other preferred games, hobbies and interests.
The Caspersen Loft enables everyone to mingle together and retreat to their residence knowing their friends are right around the corner. "Staff become like a loving family with residents. We get to know their personal preferences which produces a much more quality experience for them," says Karla Oliver, director of assisted living and memory care.

Village On The Isle Welcomes Three New Board Members

January 17, 2018

VENICE, FL - Village On The Isle Welcomes Three New Board Members

Dr. Marlyce Holbach and Keith Struble 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.  Additionally, Rev. Robert Hall was appointed by the Florida-Bahamas Synod’s Bishop as his representative and ex-officio voting member.

Dr. Holbach relocated to Venice from Waterloo, Iowa where she was an instructor at the University of Northern Iowa and Viterbo University and was very involved with the Iowa Department of Education. Dr. Holbach is an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church serving on their council from 2011-2016 and currently serves as a lector, communion assistant, and scheduler.

Rev. Robert Hall has been Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Venice since July 2014.  Before his call to Emmanuel, he served 28 years at three different congregations in Minneapolis, MN. He is a graduate of Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.

Mr. Struble has been a resident of Venice for almost 40 years and is a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church serving as vice president of the Church Council.  Mr. Struble is a PGA Professional retired from The Plantation Golf and Country Club where he was the Director of Golf Operations for nearly 39 years. Mr. Struble is actively involved in the Venice community serving on the corporate board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast and the Venice High School Diamond Boosters Board of Directors.  

     

Groundbreaking Media Kit

January 8, 2018

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2018 Groundbreaking & Blessing Events

Village On The Isle Groundbreaking Event Scheduled

January 2, 2018

VENICE, FL.  Village on The Isle today officially confirmed the scheduled groundbreaking events for the construction of 46 new residential apartment homes, known as the Emerald Terraces, and construction of a replacement 64-unit skilled nursing health center. 

Exterior Rendering – Emerald Terraces

For over 35 years, Village On The Isle, a faith-based, not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), has offered residential living, amenities, and services to senior adults.  As a CCRC, resident members enjoy an active retirement lifestyle, but also have a plan for future access to quality healthcare services when needed.

Village On The Isle’s board of trustees appointed senior living design experts that included RLPS Architects (Lancaster, PA), Wegman Design Group (Naples, FL), Willis-Smith Construction (Sarasota, FL), Brad Smith & Associates (Ocala, FL), and Harper Consulting (Naples, FL), to help lead this significant campus improvement plan.

The campus is uniquely located on the island of Venice less than a mile from the Gulf of Mexico and Venice’s charming downtown.  Last week, the City Council held a special meeting regarding the project’s approval.  Council member, Charles Newsom, said "When you see all of the work and improvements coming…it will take an already great facility and transform it into a world-class facility," stating, "It’s very, very positive."    

Master planning these extensive improvements began in January 2016.  Already, they have spent over $6 million in capital improvements to existing buildings, including renovations toward its assisted living that will open a new Memory Care support household model in the next couple of weeks.      

Incoming Board Chairman, Rev. Dr. Brian Armen said, "We are highly focused on expanding our mission and providing a lifestyle and continuum of care for seniors they can be proud of as residents and know we are firmly committed to our staff and this local community long-term."

The Emerald Terraces residential living has pre-sold 87% of the 46 apartment homes available.  Some specific residences have back-up depositors waiting as well.  Charter Member pricing was released mid-July and expressions of interest resulted in 10% deposits averaging $35,000 per depositor with the commitment to move into their new home within 60 days of completion. 

"We are very excited to extend these new options," says Kristen Myers, director of marketing and sales.  "Our entire team has worked extremely hard to understand what the next generation of retirees want for enjoyment and purposeful living."

The replacement health center will add four additional licensed beds for a total of 64 units.  Each licensed bed will come with a private residence where individuals can recuperate from a hospital stay and receive on-site rehabilitative services from occupational, physical, and speech therapists in their new wellness and rehabilitation gym.

     New Health Center            Rehab Gym       Patient Room

Kristy Tolley, director of health services and licensed administrator, said, "Village On The Isle has had a long history for providing quality health care at its campus with a great team of dedicated professionals." Further stating, "We are very excited about continuing to extend the quality of our reputation into a new home-like model where the promotion of privacy and independence can be optimized further for short- or long-term care and support.

Approximately $72 million in investment-grade, tax-exempt revenue bonds were issued on December 20 through the Sarasota County Health Facilities Authority and underwritten by B.C. Ziegler & Company.  "Village On The Isle is very committed to maintaining its strong financial position throughout this campus repositioning," says Joel Anderson, the chief executive officer of Village On The Isle. "Our team and advisors understand our financial strength is very important not only to our board of trustees but our entire community, residents, future residents, staff members, and our industry as a whole."

"Many communities like Village On The Isle dedicated in serving senior adults over multiple decades are pondering and planning the same realities we face," which is "change or become obsolete."  "Our entire body as board members, staff, residents, and other supporters have too much vested interest in our mission to not strive and excel to be the best at what we do." 

Village On The Isle will be celebrating the groundbreaking as two events on January 11.  The New Health Center’s groundbreaking and blessing will start at 9:30 AM on the northwest side of their campus next to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, a primary partner in its mission, and the Emerald Terraces will follow at 11:00 AM on the east side of the campus neighboring Avenida Del Circo.

Village On The Isle Human Resources Director Selected as Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year

August 5, 2017

VENICE, FL- Village On The Isle’s Director of Human Resources, Christine Clyne, has been recognized as the 2017 Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year for medium-sized organizations (251-999 employees).  Clyne was one of seven finalists for this prestigious and highly competitive award. Nominees are evaluated on their professional contributions to their organization, their community volunteer efforts, and commitment towards professional development. 

"Christine is an outstanding, self-driven leader and an expert in the field of human resources and organizational management, says Joel Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of Village On The Isle.  She is always seeking ways to improve outcomes for our residents, staff members, and community which is a true blessing."

Among her recent accomplishments, Clyne has been transformational in modernizing an HR department, its infrastructure, and integral processes across the campus using compassion and creativity.  As a result, employee retention is at its highest level in three years and health insurance premiums for employees have dramatically reduced while the quality of benefits has expanded. This includes richer plans for dependents and other employer-paid programs designed to help spousal and child life insurance and long-term disability for employees.

"It is an overwhelming honor to be recognized by my peers with this award.  The caliber of finalists speaks to the tremendous talent in the HR field in the Tampa Bay area.  HR professionals bring such value to their organizations as strategic business partners, and I am so proud to be able to serve our amazing and dedicated team members at Village On The Isle," shares Christine Clyne.

CEO Re-Appointed by Governor Rick Scott

June 29, 2017

VENICE, FL  Joel Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of Village On The Isle, has been reappointed by Florida’s Governor Rick Scott, to the Continuing Care Advisory Council. Under his appointment, Mr. Anderson has served as an advisor to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation since May 2014 and is currently the Council’s Chairman.

Anderson's term will run through Sept. 30, 2019. Also, as Chief Executive Officer of Village On The Isle, Anderson is responsible for the daily operations and execution of the organization’s strategic plan. Village On The Isle, a 35-year not-for-profit, faith-based Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), is located in Venice, Florida.  Village On The Isle serves over 400 active senior adults in this lifestyle community with a full continuum of services, including assisted living and skilled nursing care. Presently, they have over $85 million of campus improvements scheduled for completion before July 2019, including the addition of 46-residential apartments, called "Emerald Terraces" and a new Health Center offering 64 private residences for post-acute care and other types of health care support.

"I am very appreciative and honored for Governor Scott’s reappointment of me to the Continuing Care Advisory Council, says Anderson, CCRC’s play a significant role in service to Florida’s seniors.  There are many growing changes and needs to address which I hope the Council can work with the Office of Insurance Regulation and other interested parties to help solve," said Anderson.

Joel began his career in 1994 as a Licensed Health Services Administrator, since then, he has successfully served a variety of executive roles primarily within not-for-profit, faith-based organizations.

Anderson, who joined Village On The Isle in November 2015, holds a Business Administration degree in Health Care Administration and a Master’s degree in Management of Aging Services from the Erickson School of Aging at UMBC in Baltimore, Maryland.

The 46-year-old Anderson is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and lives in south Sarasota with his wife Angela, and their sons, Samuel and Miller.

 

Village On The Isle Residents Help Employees Achieve Their Dreams

June 2, 2017

VENICE, FL- Every year, several residents at Village On The Isle choose to serve on the Resident Scholarship Committee to raise funds and evaluate candidate applications to help fund staff members’ higher education. On Sunday, May 21st, the Resident Scholarship Committee along with other resident supporters, board members, and the staff members’ families recognized and celebrated the awards given to eleven staff members that received $3,200 each, a cumulative amount over $35,000.


"We are truly grateful for this tradition of generosity by residents and other donors to support our staff members at Village On The Isle," says Joel Anderson, CEO of Village On The Isle, "We know residents and staff have a special relationship, like family. This is real and heartfelt. Residents have a vested interest to see staff succeed in their career path which they know it begins with the staff member’s commitment to their formal education. We are truly thankful for their generous contributions."


"On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank the residents who donated to the Scholarship fund. Helping our employees with the fulfillment of their continuing education will improve their status here at Village On The Isle. It’s a win-win for all of us," says Jean Chapman, Chairperson of the Resident Scholarship Fund.


Gena Murphy, a senior at USF-Sarasota-Manatee, has worked at Village On The Isle in Dining Services since she was in high school. "This is my second year receiving the Resident Scholarship and it definitely helps a lot. I am graduating with a degree in Elementary Education and my dream is to inspire children to learn. Village On The Isle gives me the opportunity to do so. I am thankful to our generous residents and to the committee for the hard work they do for us."


The Resident Scholarship Committee was started over 15 years ago by a group of residents, many of them former educators and administrators, as a way to encourage employees to dream big. The scholarship recipients must be non-management employees who have worked at Village On The Isle for at least six months.

Pictured L to R: Alexandra Hudson, Tammy Baker, Kartia Jean, Kayla Preske, Tammy Williams, Janice Maxwell, Gena Murphy, Jesse Koach, and Sean O’Brien. Other recipients not included in the photo were Victoria Kennedy and Mark Nichols.

Press Statement from Joel Anderson, CEO and Chris Menzies, Board Chairman

May 9, 2017

VENICE, FL ‐ It is with immense sadness and heavy hearts to learn about the accident and death of two cherished residents of our community. Undoubtedly, residents, staff members, the board of trustees, and others affiliated with Village On The Isle along with those who personally knew Gene and Carol Hayden are at a deep loss of these genuine and caring people.


Gene and Carol Hayden, father and daughter, were wonderful residents and dear friends. Mr. Hayden was well‐respected and active at Village On The Isle and in his local church. Ms. Hayden was fun‐loving, always enjoying time with friends, and very dedicated to her faith. We will truly miss both of them and always value our time shared together.


Because of the unexpected loss, we will extend measures to offer grief counseling and pastoral support in the coming days for residents, friends, and associates of Village On The Isle. We will also work with the local authorities in their investigation and continue to express our sincere appreciation for their rescue efforts related to this tragic accident. We ask for prayers and support as we mourn the loss of these two special people.

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Village On The Isle Board green-lights next phase of construction

May 8, 2017

VENICE — The Village On The Isle Board of Trustees green-lighted the first $67 million phase of a 10-year, $100 million makeover of the 16.5-acre campus, at its annual retreat last week at Mission Valley Country Club.

That first phase includes the construction of 46 new independent living residences and a brand new health center for the 35-year-old complex, expanding to roughly 400 residents and 280 full and part-time staff.

"I’m pretty pumped and excited about it and it certainly is something that the board is excited about as well," 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.

Current residents at Village On the Isle already have seen a preview of plans for the project and about 35 percent of them already are reserved, Anderson said.

Village On The Isle held more events on campus this season and, as a result, saw an increase in snowbird traffic, with many of those people interested in the new towers, too. Though, one of every three people who move in find out through word of mouth, Anderson said.

The $13.5 million renovation of Mark Manor, the assisted-living residence, already has begun. The community also is in the process of leasing 2.5 acres of land from the Venice Airport for staff parking, to ease congestion while construction is ongoing.

Both staff and construction crew will be able to catch a shuttle from that parking lot to Village On The Isle.

The new residential towers, dubbed "Emerald Terraces at Village On The Isle," will feature units that are significantly larger than anything else currently available there.

Now, the largest residence is 1,300 square feet. The entry-level two-bedrooms at Emerald Terraces will be 1,250 square feet, with the larger units planned at 1,620 square feet, including two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a den.

"We did an early expression of interest event down at the Venice Arts Center for two days and it was very evident that folks want two-bedroom units," Anderson said.

Four of the five floor plans are two-bedroom units, while the fifth is a one-bedroom with a den that could — in an emergency — be used as a small bedroom, too.

Many residents noted that they wanted a place for children or grandchildren to stay on campus, when they come visit, Anderson said.

The two Emerald Terraces buildings will be four stories over parking, or roughly the same height as Matthew Hall, which is six stories.

Three of the four stories are pure residential, while the fourth story includes a community room and fitness center. The ceiling heights in Emerald Terraces will be higher — hence the reason for only four stories.

The other new big building on campus will be the new Health Center, which will include 64 skilled nursing units, with the first floor dedicated to parking and a therapy gym.

Village On The Isle worked out a land swap with neighboring Emmanuel Lutheran Church to allocate enough space for a water feature in the landscape and is building a covered breezeway to the church, so residents who choose to worship there can stay dry when it rains.

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.

Anderson said shovels should be in the ground for both projects by the end of this year or in early 2018, with a 16- to 18-month construction timetable.

 New Health Center and New Emerald Terraces

New Emerald Terraces

New Emerald Terraces Interior Apartment

New Health Center

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 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.

  

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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