Get To Know Beautiful Julington Creek At Westminster Woods’ Independent Living In Jacksonville

When you call Westminster Woods’ independent living in Jacksonville “home,” you have access to the best of both worlds — the city’s arts and culture when you want it, and a peaceful, back-to-nature retreat when you want to rest and recharge at home. Specifically, our slice of the Sunshine State is located on the banks of Julington Creek. But just what makes this area so special?

Today, we’re finding out! Just read on to learn more about Julington Creek’s one-of-a-kind charm.

Familiarize Yourself With Our One-Of-A-Kind Geography

First things first: Let’s get a lay of the land! Julinton Creek is a charming offshoot off the greater St. Johns River, which is the longest river in the state of Florida. East of Westminster Woods’ perch on the creek, you’ll find a nature preserve that features an abundant diversity of plant and animal life.

Embark Upon A Local Boat Ride

Now that you have a slightly better understanding of the layout of the creek, the best way to explore it is by boat! Organized boat rides on the creek, which spans half a mile wide, are a popular way for Westminster Woods residents to witness the beauty of the creek firsthand — an aquatic front-row seat, if you will. Just ask us how to take part in the next outing!

Not only is a boat ride on Julington Creek a fun-filled way to spend an afternoon, but it can also help deliver some serious mental health benefits. Recently, exciting research has found positive associations between time spent in “blue spaces” (aka natural aquatic or marine landscapes) and stress relief, which can help you in myriad ways — even after you’ve disembarked for the day. That’s something to feel great about!

Stroll Along The Waterfront

The charm of Julington Creek can also be appreciated from land, of course. Many Westminster Woods residents have fun biking or strolling through the neighborhood and its many waterfront vistas. On that note, there’s also Turtle Lake to check out, which is located at the heart of our neighborhood and offers delightful aquatic views to pair with your outdoor adventure.

Grab A Bite

Here at Westminster Woods, we’re so fond of Julington Creek that we actually designed our resort-style dining opportunities around the water — so you can always count on a dazzling riverfront view, even when you’re enjoying a meal with loved ones!

Learn More

If you’ve thoroughly explored Julington Creek and find yourself wanting to learn more, you’re in the perfect position to do that here at Westminster Woods. Our partnership with the University of North Florida’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute gives your residents access to unparalleled educational opportunities, and you can keep the studies going at our library and computer center. Whether your interest lies in the physical geography of the Sunshine State or the history of its largest city, you’re sure to discover something new and exciting along the way.

We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s virtual tour of Julington Creek! Here at Westminster Woods, we’re proud to be located on such a stunning and fun-filled body of water — which lends itself to quality outdoor time, connection with nature, and happy memories made with friends!

Explore Westminster Woods’ Tree-Filled Community

As the name of our community might suggest to anyone who hears it for the first time, Westminster Woods’ independent living in Jacksonville is immersed in vibrant, tree-filled splendor — a cozy suburban escape from the hustle and bustle of Florida’s largest city. But just how often do you stop, look up, and really soak in the view of the mighty oaks, cypress, and other trees that adorn the neighborhood? Just read on as we share a few ways to do just that — because spending time in nature has been linked to positive physical and mental health benefits, and is worth doing whenever you can.

Share A Special Meal With Friends

Westminster Woods’ resort-style dining is designed with natural beauty in mind — that is, in our book, nothing pairs better with a mouth-watering meal than an eye-catching view. Our riverfront dining gives you a chance to enjoy the tree-lined view as you catch up with friends and neighbors. Social and nutritional health are both part of our My W Life wellness program, so we can’t think of a better way to spend your lunch or dinner! Plus, it’s moments like a leisurely meal when you’re really able to notice the little details that make Westminster Woods’ treescape so unique — the critters who call it “home,” the gentle movement of the leaves, and every special moment in between.

Take A Stroll Or Bike Ride

Another great way to appreciate our neighborhood of trees is to take a stroll or bike ride, admiring their unique shapes, sizes, and colorful combinations as you go! Not only will you be fueling your physical health, but you’ll be immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of nature in the process — and that will have you feeling recharged in no time.

Learn About The Local Environment

As you spend more time in our tree-filled community, you may want to take your appreciation a step further by learning about it — whether via our partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Florida, or simply checking out books or articles at the Westminster Woods library and computer center!

Plant A Tree

If you’re feeling the tree love, why not plant a tree in one of the many national forests that abound throughout the United States? The United States Department of Agriculture has a Plant-a-Tree program that lets you donate a tree to be planted in honor of someone special, which is a great opportunity for those who want to show their love for nature in a new way.

For Even More Tree Time…

When your passion for trees simply can’t be contained, you can also branch out (pun intended!) and explore other notable trees throughout the greater Jacksonville area. Our slice of the Sunshine State is home to some seriously cool trees, after all, such as the Treaty Oak — a 250-year-old live oak whose circumference alone reaches 25 feet in length, with its crown (or canopy) extending nearly 150 feet in all directions. It’s a great place to cool off in some comforting shade — 190 feet of it, according to the city’s official description — and embrace the magnitude of nature in a way you never could have imagined.

We hope that these ideas help you embrace your love of Westminster Woods’ trees in new, exciting ways — this spring and all year long.

Westminster Woods on Julington Creek Celebrates Receiving Governor’s Gold Seal Award

Community and local civic leaders marked the recognition by State of Florida leadership of excellence in quality of care

JACKSONVILLE, April 23, 2024 – Residents, team members and civic leaders marked a very special occasion at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek: Receiving Florida’s Gold Seal Award recognizing the community as one of Florida’s top providers of quality nursing care.

This prestigious award, which is awarded by a panel of experts and approved by the Governor of Florida, was given to only three communities in the greater Jacksonville area and only 12 total in the state. Westminster Woods on Julington Creek, a Life Plan Community, is one of the three. Communities recognized with the Governor’s Gold Seal must demonstrate excellence in long term care over a sustained period while promoting the stability of the profession and facilitating the physical, social, and emotional well-being of nursing center residents.

Health Services Administrator Andy Andre expressed his gratitude to the hard-working team members of the Nursing Center. “Thank you for the sweat and the tears that goes into producing great services that ultimately lead to this achievement,” said Andre. “Because of your work this entire event was possible.”

“This team has done such a great job of documenting your excellence, every detail day by day, moment by moment,” said Mark Niemeyer, Executive Director. He thanked his team for the challenging work they do every day that led to the award. “This award belongs to all of us here today,” Niemeyer said.

Joining the celebrations were St. Johns County Commissioners Roy Alaimo and Christian Whitehurst; Teresa Scott, CEO of Penney Retirement Community and a representative of the Governor’s Gold Seal Panel; and senior leadership from Westminster Communities of Florida, including Chief Operating Officer Garry Hennis, Senior Vice President of Operations Jim Polaski, and Chris Callahan, Regional Vice President of Operations.

Hennis observed that the award recognized a long period of excellence in quality care. “I commend the entire leadership team for leading the community to a new level of excellence,” said Hennis. “For years we have had very strong clinical leaders and the current team stands on their shoulders, while taking this to the highest level.”

Commissioner Whitehurst said that he and his family live in Julington Creek and know the community’s reputation, already stellar, would now be further improved. “My neighbors always say that when the time is right for them, ‘I wouldn’t mind living at Westminster Woods.’ So it seems fitting that you have received the Gold Seal Award from the Governor,” Whitehurst said.

Chaplain Leslie McCarrick offered a benediction: “We are blessed beyond measure, Lord,” she said. “Their work is their ministry and because they have given their best and continue to give of their best, our life at this community is made very rich indeed.”

Following the ceremony, the attendees enjoyed a brunch with a delectable menu provided by the Dining Services team, including a special carving station with roast beef, a smoked salmon salad, shrimp and grits, and an egg Florentine frittata.

\Westminster Woods on Julington Creek is a Life Plan Community ideally situated on more than 90 acres of woods and lakes along the half-mile wide Julington Creek, in suburban St. Johns County. We have served senior adults in Jacksonville for more than 60 years, with an emphasis on wellbeing and Lifelong Learning, and backed by a financially strong and Mission-inspired, faith-based organization.

How Vocational Pursuits Enhance Independent Living In Jacksonville

Here at Westminster Woods’ independent living community in Jacksonville, our My W Life wellness program is built on eight key dimensions of wellbeing: physical, lifelong learning, nutritional, social, emotional, spiritual, community, and vocational.

But just what is vocational wellness? For many of us, the term “vocation” might simply refer to the work you do for a living. But while that may be the traditional understanding, Merriam-Webster actually defines vocation as “a summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action,” with the “voc-” coming from the Latin word for “to call.” So really, vocational wellness is all about finding meaningful ways to dedicate your time — and here at Westminster Woods, opportunities abound.

Just read on as we share a few fun ways to find your vocation in and around our Sunshine State community!

Volunteer With A Cause You Care About…

One of the best ways to get involved is to volunteer with a cause you care about! Westminster Woods is nestled among the largest city in the Sunshine State — and while you might not know it with our lush, back-to-nature landscape, the heart of this metropolitan area is just beyond your backyard. So there’s no shortage of opportunities for getting involved in local initiatives.

… Or Spearhead A New One

Maybe you have a particular soft spot for the environment or four-legged friends. Whatever your cause may be, you’re sure to meet other Westminster Woods community members who feel the same and want to help you give back in meaningful ways!

Share Your Unique Gifts

Many of us have hobbies that we think are “just for fun,” but can actually serve a powerful purpose in the world around us! For example, if you love arts and crafts, you can do anything from painting local murals to gifting loved ones with custom wall décor. If you’re an amazing home chef, you might enjoy getting involved with a cooking class — or maybe helming your own — or preparing helpful meal plan guides for friends and family.

Tap Into Your Inner Child

Not sure where to find your passion? Sometimes it can be helpful to look back to the things you loved best as a child, and starting from there!

For example, maybe you loved getting lost in a good novel — which could, perhaps, make you a great library volunteer or book club leader. Or maybe you were a budding musician — which you could use as a springboard to work with local youth music programs. There are endless connections to be made, but you get the idea: Look to the past for an idea that sparks your future!

Explore Your Surroundings

When you hear the world “calling,” your mind might jump to serious, world-changing work — but we say, start small! Your days can be just as meaningful by exploring your surroundings, finding inspiration in the people and places you meet along the way. Westminster Woods provides the perfect backdrop to starting new creative pursuits, a love of wildlife, and myriad other pastimes that you can turn into a full-fledged passion.

We hope that these ideas help you get started on the search for a vocation — but of course, these are just the beginning! The more time you spend exploring Westminster Woods, the more you’ll find opportunities to explore your interests around every corner.

Celebrate National Memory Day At The Heart Of Memory Care In Jacksonville, Florida

March 21st is National Memory Day — but here at Westminster Woods’ memory care in Jacksonville, Florida, we recognize the importance of memory support firsthand, all year long. Our brand-new Memory Care Center is home to private apartments for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, thoughtfully connected with a comforting neighborhood layout that makes them feel right at home. A spacious courtyard and beautiful memory garden carry the serene lifestyle outdoors, too, providing a vibrant environment that encourages mind-and-body wellness at every step of the way.

Empowered by quality care, a host of meaningful activities, and a specialized program designed to support cognition, your loved one will be in an environment where they can truly thrive — and that’s just the beginning. In honor of National Memory Day, here are just a few of the myriad meaningful ways our services and amenities support all those who call Westminster Woods’ Memory Care center “home.” Just read on to learn more!

Food As More Than Just Fuel

Wholesome, feel-good food is one of those things that transcends time and place — which makes cuisine an especially important consideration for loved ones in memory care. Customized “Small Bites” make nutritious eating easier, while our thoughtful approach to food also informs other areas — such as family-style and open kitchen environments, for example, that lend a familiar feel to the dining experience.

And of course, the very act of preparing something special to eat (like through our baking and cooking activities) can help bring residents together for a truly empowering experience. It’s not just about the end product itself — which will, of course, be delicious — but about tapping into a long-running tradition of food and community.

Fun & Games

Speaking of community, there are abundant opportunities for community fun at Westminster Woods’ Memory Care Center — including arts and crafts, puzzles and games, and other enriching activities that prioritize play and connection.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Another major pillar of memory care is, of course, residents’ physical surroundings. Their space should be a place they feel safe, secure, and at home — and that’s exactly what Westminster Woods provides, with personal spaces that promote family visits and socializing. The end result is an environment that feels like a vibrant, connected community of neighbors — which, you’ll soon find, defines the Westminster Woods experience at every level.

All-Around Lifestyle

Of course, another key tenet of memory care is the ability to preserve independence as much as possible — which is why you’ll find everyday lifestyle activities mixed into the Westminster Woods routine! These include an on-site beauty salon and barber shop, support with care and grooming tasks, and plenty of opportunities to practice familiar housekeeping tasks like laundry. On National Memory Day and all year long, we celebrated our loved ones with familiar activities that bridge the past, present, and future. Please get in touch today if you’d like to learn more about Westminster Woods on Julington Creek — from memory care to independent living, we’re here to support your family any way we can

How Floral Fun Can Enhance Your Jacksonville Florida Assisted Living Space

Spring is right around the corner — and even though Sunshine State plant life blooms all year long, the switch of season is still a great time to bring some floral flair into your home! Westminster Woods’ Jacksonville, Florida assisted living facility is surrounded by the colors of nature everywhere you look — whether you’re strolling by the shores of Julington Creek or hanging out on your own patio. Why not use that vibrant backdrop as inspiration for your own floral arrangements?

Just read on as we explore some of the big benefits of adorning your home in florals — and our favorite tips on how to do exactly that!

Learn About Nature

Getting into floral arrangements can be a great, sneaky way to learn about science and nature — even if it feels like you’re just having pure, good-old-fashioned fun! As you start to care more about the health of your flowers in their vase, you’ll find yourself wondering about things like how plants respond to light (have you ever watched tulips bend and grow toward a window?) and the difference water acidity can make on cut flowers. Caring for plants inspires a spirit of organic curiosity that you can’t replicate just anywhere!

Inspiration Is Everywhere

You might feel like you aren’t equipped to make your own stunning floral arrangements, but think again! Inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere you look — from your favorite magazine, to the flowers that abound throughout Westminster Woods. No one gets it right on the first try, but you’ll have fun experimenting with different arrangements and discovering what looks best in your home.

Take A DIY Approach To Vases

Another unsung perk of getting into floral arrangements? You have an excuse to use various vases, jars, and containers you’ve been saving for a day when they might come in handy. This is that day! Working with flowers inspires you to get creative when finding the perfect home for a new, freshly cut bouquet.

Go Dramatic… Or Thematic

There are so many different options when it comes to putting together fun, thoughtful floral displays. They can be a statement piece at the heart of your home, or follow a unique motif that flows throughout your space — like, for example, flowers of the same color (there are so many beautiful yellows to work with!) or flowers that double as natural air fresheners, such as hyacinths.

Make It A Community Effort

Like so many activities, florals are even more fun when you add a friend or family member to the mix! You can your neighbor can even combine your flower finds and have fun arranging them in a breezy weekend get-together, seeing how you take different approaches to the same set of stems.

Feel-Good Florals

Even a few minutes of exposure to colorful flowers can have a positive impact on your mood, according to a study featured in the National Library of Medicine. Interestingly, the study found that one color — bright and cheery yellow — was the most powerful at producing positive results! So if you’ve been thinking of bringing the happy color into your space, you definitely should give it a try.

Leave The Maintenance To Us

Westminster Woods is a maintenance-free community, so you don’t need to worry about plants outsidegiving you more time to devote to fun activities like arranging flowers in your home!

You’ll find gorgeous flora throughout Westminster Woods — so it only makes sense to continue the bright, springtime motif in your own home. We hope that today’s guide gives you inspiration on how to liven up your space with colorful flowers that don’t just look good but make you feel good, too.

Deck Out Your Independent Living In Jacksonville With These 10 Spring Décor Ideas

Spring is right around the corner here in the Sunshine State. And even though we’re lucky enough to enjoy bright, balmy weather all year long, the arrival of a new season still gives us a fun excuse to reexamine our surroundings — starting with our abodes!

When you call Westminster Woods’ independent living in Jacksonville “home,” you can enjoy the comfort and convenience that comes with a thoughtfully designed space: one that’s no smaller (or bigger) than the perfect square footage for your needs, whether that means a gorgeous studio or spacious villa.

Our homes are designed to make life fun and effortless — the ideal backdrop to any style or sensibility you might bring to it. When the seasons change, like they will again this March, you can switch up your décor and accessories to celebrate a time of renewal and natural beauty. Just read on for a few of our favorite ways to do exactly that!

Brighten Your Space With Floral Arrangements

Nothing says spring like fresh flowers — and by adding some to your kitchen countertop, nightstand, or dining room table, you can bring the beauty of the outdoors in! Seasonal blooms such as daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths are just a few fun options that will instantly brighten any room. Want a longer-lasting option that brings all the beauty without the regular water changes? High-quality silk flowers can mimic the beauty of real ones, minus the need for maintenance.

Swap Out Your Linens

Changing heavy, winter fabrics for lighter, spring alternatives can transform the look and feel of your space. While you’re at it, consider replacing bedspreads, throw blankets, and pillow covers with wares in pastel hues or floral patterns. This simple switch can make your space feel lighter and more appropriate for the season. Let the plaid and flannel do its thing in fall and winter!

Create A Nature-Inspired Centerpiece

A centerpiece inspired by nature can serve as a focal point for springtime decor. You can do this on your own, or invite a friend or family member to get involved for a fun craft session! Some of our favorite such centerpieces incorporate branches, leaves, and flowers to create a stunning (but seemingly effortless) natural display. Adding thematic elements like fake bird nests, eggs, or even a small potted plant can enhance the centerpiece for spring holidays, making it a unique conversation starter.

Refresh Wall Art

Swapping out wall art is an easy way to reflect seasonal changes, too. Spring-themed prints — whether floral, landscape, or abstract — can add a fresh vibe to any room. You don’t need to run out and purchase new artwork for this subtle swap! Get creative by framing seasonal greeting cards or making your own art. This is your space, after all — so shouldn’t it reflect the person who calls it “home”?

Introduce Pastel Accents

Incorporating pastel accents through decorative pillows, vases, candles, or even tableware can infuse a room with the soft palette of spring — not to mention, it practically screams classic Florida. These subtle touches can make a significant impact without overwhelming the space, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere.

Maximize Your Windowsills

Despite just taking up a sliver of square footage in your home, the tiny windowsill can have a mighty impact. It provides the perfect spot to celebrate spring with small potted plants or herbs, — which, depending on the species, can often thrive in the ample sunshine.

Embrace Light & Airy Curtains

Just like you swapped your bedroom linens, it’s time to replace last season’s heavy drapes with light and airy options! Sheer fabrics allow more natural light to enter while still providing privacy, making the space feel brighter and more open — a perfect match for the spirit of the season.

Get Creative With Spring Symbols

Incorporating spring motifs through accessories can add a playful touch to your décor — think birds, butterflies, and flowers. These elements can create a cheerful theme that resonates with the season’s themes of rebirth and renewal. Have fun with it!

Savor The Sunshine

Don’t just think about the view of your living area, but from it. That is to say, a fresh look starts with shifting your viewpoint! Rearranging furniture can help you make the most of natural light, making your space feel brand-new even if you don’t buy a thing. Consider positioning seating areas near windows to enjoy the view, or creating a cozy reading nook that takes advantage of the spring sunlight. Daylight saving time is almost here, and you deserve to soak in every extra minute in style and comfort.

Grow Delicious Herbs

An indoor herb garden is not only decorative but super functional (and delicious), too. You just need a tiny patch of counterspace, or a spare windowsill, for small containers to grow powerhouse herbs like basil, mint, and cilantro. These tiny green additions bring life to the kitchen area, offer fresh ingredients for cooking, and fill the room with pleasant aromas.

Decorating for spring is a great way for Westminster Woods residents to embrace the season’s spirit of renewal and joy. We can’t wait to see what you do with your one-of-a-kind space!

7 Big Benefits Of Outdoor Time At Independent Living In Jacksonville, FL

From your cozy home in Westminster Woods on Julington Creek, you are perfectly positioned to experience the best natural beauty that Jacksonville (and the Sunshine State as a whole) has to offer. After all, Jacksonville may be Florida’s largest city — but our corner is delightfully removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, providing a serene natural backdrop for your everyday life and fun-filled activities.

That’s good news in more ways than one! Independent living in Jacksonville, FL takes on an all-new meaning when you don’t need to travel far — or even get in a car — to experience the restorative benefits of some quality outdoor time. Our lush walking paths, heated outdoor pools, and expansive waterfront views give you plenty of room to relax, reflect, and unwind in a truly singular Sunshine State paradise. Just read on as we explore some of the big benefits of outdoor time in and around our community — and why it’s worth getting out there this spring!

Improved Mental Outlook

It probably won’t surprise you to find that one of the biggest benefits of spending time in nature is stress relief. After all, don’t we all feel a little bit better after a walk through the trees or a trip to the beach?

However, the benefits aren’t just in your head — they’re purely scientific! A study in the National Library of Medicine, for example, found that proximity to both the coast and to greenery can decrease inhabitants’ stress and improve well-being.

The tranquil waters of the St. Johns River and its offshoots, like Julington Creek, provide Westminster Woods residents an endless blue backdrop perfect for daily walks, birdwatching, or simply kicking back and enjoying the view. It’s a sonic pleasure, too, with the gentle hum of the moving water delighting the ears and providing a welcome alternative to street and city noise.

Enhanced Physical Health

Regular outdoor activities such as walking, gentle yoga, or swimming in our heated pools can improve physical health by increasing mobility, flexibility, and endurance. The mild climate of Jacksonville encourages year-round outdoor exercise, which is helpful for maintaining muscle strength and cardiovascular health.

Don’t worry — our fitness center means you can reap all the benefits of a fitness regimen, rain or shine. But when the weather permits — as it so often does, here in the Sunshine State — there’s a lot to be gained from even a few minutes outdoors. (As always, throw on your sunscreen, shades, and protective gear to show your skin some love in the strong spring sun.)

Connection With Friends, Family, & Neighbors

In our community, outdoor communal spaces foster social interactions and create opportunities for neighbors (and visiting loved ones) to connect. Participating in group activities like birdwatching, gardening, or outdoor fitness can lead to meaningful relationships and a strong sense of belonging. But even if you’re not taking part in an organized get-together, you’re still sure to run into several friends while you’re out and about on your daily travels!

Cognitive Benefits

Spending time in nature has been shown to improve cognitive function, too — particularly in areas such as attention, memory, and creativity. The diverse landscapes of Jacksonville and, specifically, Westminster Woods provide stimulating environments that can enhance mental clarity and encourage cognitive engagement through exploration and discovery. In short? Be curious, and stroll somewhere new. It pays off!

Better Sleep

Natural light exposure during the day helps regulate sleep patterns by reinforcing the body’s circadian rhythms. Engaging in outdoor activities can lead to better sleep quality and duration, which is good for mental health and general well-being, too.

Connection With Nature

The act of connecting with nature, has inherent psychological and physical benefits. The diverse ecosystems in Jacksonville, from coastal beaches to riverfront promenades, allow locals the chance to experience a deep connection with the natural world — fostering a sense of peace and contentment.

Inspiration & Creativity

Just take a look around you: The beauty of the natural world can spark creativity and inspire artistic pursuits, if you’re the crafty type. Or maybe you’re just not one yet! Jacksonville’s scenic landscapes provide a wealth of inspiration for painting, photography, writing, and other creative activities that stimulate the mind, and help you express personal experiences and emotions. So if you’re a creator in a creative slump, well, take a mental break outside. You never know where it will lead, both literally and emotionally.

The great outdoors offers a world of benefits that contribute to a happy, healthy life — and in our corner of the state, there’s an especially abundant selection of landscapes and activities to enjoy. From the stress-relieving properties of waterfronts to the social and mental advantages of communal green space, nature provides a therapeutic and enriching backdrop for whatever’s on your daily schedule.

5 Big Benefits Of Taking A Fitness Class At Your Jacksonville Independent Living Facility

We all know the importance of fitness and working movement into our everyday lives. This only becomes more essential as we grow into our golden years — however, you don’t have to tackle your entire exercise routine alone. In fact, if you call the Jacksonville independent living facility of Westminster Woods “home,” you have access to a wealth of community resources designed to promote your overall wellness — including fitness classes.

As part of the My W Life wellness program, we offer fitness classes that aim to teach participants about reaching their potential, avoiding unhealthy habits, making educated health decisions, and getting medical support when needed. To that end, you’ll always want to check with your medical team before starting a new workout regimen. But in the meantime, read on for a taste of what to expect from Westminster Woods fitness classes!

Social Connection

Any form of movement is a good thing — and solo walking and workouts can definitely be a part of your overall routine! However, at the same time, there’s something special to be said about the fun of working out in a group environment. You might find it’s easier to laugh and show yourself some grace, for example, because you realize in real time that no one else is perfect their first time trying a new workout either! Alternatively, if you’re someone that thrives on a bit of healthy competition, having friends join you for your workout can inspire you to do your best.

Either way, the social connection that comes with a fitness class is a benefit unto itself — a way to bond with others and your body. We call that a win-win!

No Motivation Needed

Sometimes, it can be hard to motivate yourself to do a workout — even when you know it’s good for you. But when that workout is part of a group commitment on your calendar, you might feel even more compelled to get out there and get moving.

Guided Movement

We’ve all been there — it can certainly be daunting to try a new workout routine or form of movement with your body. That’s one of the ways a fitness class can help! You’re never alone and are always learning from an instructor who’s happy to help guide you through new or confusing steps, removing some of the nerves that can come with a new exercise regimen.

Making Fitness Fun

Above all, a fitness class makes movement fun! When you’re working out as a group, it might feel more like a classic PE class from your school days rather than another task on your to-do list. There will be lots of laughs and feel-good endorphins released, making you that much more excited about physical fitness in the long run.

Lasting Changes Well Beyond The Class Itself

Speaking of the long run, the benefits of a Westminster Woods fitness class aren’t contained to the class itself! Things you learn — whether they’re inspirational quotes or practical movement tips — will linger in your mind as you continue your fitness journey, and that’s definitely something to be happy about.

When you sign up for a fitness class at Westminster Woods, you’re also signing up for all of the benefits and lasting memories that come with it! Get in touch to learn more about My W Life and other ways you can embrace overall wellness from the comfort of our Jacksonville community.

A Seamless Transition: How Life Plan Communities Cater to Your Evolving Needs

Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. As we navigate this unpredictable course, each phase brings new challenges and experiences that shape our needs and desires. Although your senior years present a unique set of aspirations and requirements than your youth, here at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek, we seek an environment that can keep up with your changing circumstances. We aren’t just another senior living community. We champion the philosophy of a Life Plan Community. This approach caters to your every need. Our residents are assured that your transition through the stages of senior living is filled with warmth and understanding.

Comprehensive Care Under One Roof

Life Plan Communities or Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), like Westminster Woods, provide a continuum of care. We offer different levels of care from independent living to skilled nursing. Residents don’t need to worry about relocating or the logistics of finding a new facility if your needs change. A Life Plan Community offers the luxury of having diverse levels of care all within one single community – which means a familiar environment, known faces, and a consistent quality of service to ensure peace of mind for both residents and their loved ones.

A Financially Sound Decision

We all know that planning for the future can be a daunting task, especially when you’re considering the unpredictable nature of possible healthcare costs. Westminster Woods provides a simple solution to this by offering monthly fees that cover a range of services and care levels. This forward-thinking financial structure shields residents from fluctuating market rates and makes the future more manageable and less stress-inducing.

A Community That Celebrates Life

This is more than just a place to live – it’s a way of life. Westminster Woods is a community that fosters connections, nurtures hobbies, and encourages personal growth. With an extensive calendar of events and a plethora of amenities, our residents can really dive into their passions. Whether it’s art, fitness, or gardening, Westminster Woods offers it all! It’s a place where neighbors become close friends, and friends turn into an extended family – family that shares laughter, offers support, and celebrates every milestone, big or small.

Wellbeing is a Priority

Although physical health is a large benefit of joining a Life Plan Community, it extends beyond that as well. Westminster Woods is committed to ensuring the mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of our residents. We have programs that focus on lifelong learning, spiritual nourishment, and emotional health. We strive to enable our residents to lead a balanced and enriched life.

Simplifying the Lives of Family Members

Making the decision to transition a loved one to a senior living facility can weigh heavily on families. The goal of Life Plan Communities is to alleviate these concerns. Family members can have peace of mind knowing that Westminster Woods provides comprehensive care that has a future-focused financial structure and also emphasizes our residents’ well-being. Rest assured that your loved ones are in a nurturing environment and are equipped to meet their evolving needs.

You deserve your golden years of life to be filled with an enriching and supportive environment. A Life Plan Community like Westminster Woods on Julington Creek is a place that adapts as seamlessly as possible while the different chapters of your life unfold. We anticipate the ever-evolving needs of seniors and craft solutions that cater to these changes. We stand as a testament of what senior living can, and should, aspire to be. Join us, and witness how we’re redefining senior living, one resident at a time.

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My W Life
my w life
Options for a healthier
and happier you!
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Health Choices
You’ll be happy knowing a continuum of care is there if you need it.
Floor Plans
Find the fit for your lifestyle.
Find the fit for
your lifestyle.
To infuse your personal style
is to be happy by design.
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Contact Information

(904) 664-2870