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How Expensive Is It to Move into a Jacksonville Florida CCRC?

August 31, 2021

Since CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Communities) costs are not regulated externally, there may be a significant difference in various CCRCs in Jacksonville, FL. Multiple factors affect retirement communities in Jacksonville. Although CCRC costs may appear higher than other forms of long-term care initially, they end up being lower when calculated over a lifetime. The following are costs linked with CCRCs.

Entrance and Buy-in Fees for an Assisted Living Facility in Jacksonville FL

Enrolling occupants pay a one-time, upfront charge when enrolling into a continuing care facility. The entrance charge may not or may be partially or fully refundable. Since the entrance fee typically covers the client’s health care costs, this cost is usually the essential cost, except if there is a buy-in fee. Entrance fees range from $20,000 for a non-purchase or rental contract, and buy-in charges cost approximately $500,000 or more in the most expensive CCRCs. These charges depend on the location and size of the unit and also the community.  

CCRC Monthly Fees in Jacksonville FL

CCRC costs can differ significantly based on the cost schedule. Some charge as low as $500, while some charge $3,000 or more. This depends on the client’s service plan and the contract. Monthly fees cover ongoing care expenses such as housing. Sometimes, the fee may also cover health care services. You should expect an increase in monthly payments when the inflation level rises. Monthly fees also increase when a client shifts between care levels or housing components. For instance, from assisted living care to Jacksonville skilled nursing. Some CCRCs provide a pay-as-you-go program where you can make only monthly payments. This is a month-to-month rental plan, and it can be costly if a client needs health care during their stay in independent living in Jacksonville.

Additional Fees for a CCRC Jacksonville FL

If you want to avoid hidden continuing care charges in an assisted living facility in Jacksonville FL, you should enquire about the available services and their costs. Begin by inquiring about things that are not listed in the contract. They could include professional assistance with daily living activities, health care, transport, housekeeping, meal plans, and beauty services. Know all services that can incur extra charges before signing the agreement. It would help if you also planned for miscellaneous continuing costs like pet deposit, late charges, maintenance, TV and internet, phone and utilities, storage, wellness, parking, and programs.

CCRC's costs vary from one facility to another. Many factors determine CCRC's costs. However, if you want to avoid hidden charges, you should enquire about all the costs before signing your contract.


Signature Recipes To Enjoy This Summer

August 20, 2021

The Westminster Dining Services team brings you six of their Signature Recipes to enjoy with family and friends this summer! The delicious recipes include Florida Beef Sliders with Avocado Salad & Pickles, Shrimp Roll, Tomato Sandwich, Sweet Potato Wedges, Elote Salad and Florida Mango Bread Pudding. You can download the entire recipe book by clicking on the cover image or each individual recipe below.

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Our Signature Florida Beef Sliders with Avocado Salad & Pickles

Our Signature Shrimp Roll

Our Signature Tomato Sandwich

Our Signature Sweet Potato Wedges

Our Signature Elote Salad

Our Signature Florida Mango Bread Pudding


What to Bring to Your New Jacksonville Independent Living Apartment

July 31, 2021

Moving can be a stressful process for anyone. Still, it's especially so for seniors moving to independent living in Jacksonville Florida who must decide what to bring with them. Encourage your loved ones and help them make a list of what's essential and what isn't. Here's what to bring to your new Jacksonville independent living apartment.

What Furnishings to Bring to a Jacksonville Florida Assisted Living Home

If you can obtain the square footage and design of the CCRC Jacksonville Florida apartment before moving day, you will find it much easier to begin the packing process. Your loved one must be able to transport their prized possessions, such as favorite furnishings and sentimental things, into their new living area. 

Knowing how much space you'll have available will enable you to assist your loved ones in making more informed judgments about what can accompany them. In general, you should bring the following items to the assisted living Jacksonville Florida community with your loved one:

Furnishings for the Home

  • End tables/nightstands, sofa, and chairs
  • Guests' folding chairs
  • Dishes, glasses, and cutlery are examples of kitchenware
  • Bedding includes a comforter, quilt, and decorative pillows
  • Lamps
  • Knick-knacks and mementos

Photographs and Artwork in Frames

It's crucial to make your loved one's atmosphere as "homey" as possible, but don't over-pack these possessions. Because their new living area will most likely be smaller than their old one, develop a list of the most important objects.

Necessities for Your Skilled Nursing Facility Jacksonville FL

  • Appliances (if not provided) – microwave, coffeemaker, and mini-fridge
  • Timer for the alarm
  • Hangers for clothes
  • Eyeglasses, hearing aids, and canes/walkers are examples of assistive devices
  • For a quick clean, use cleaning wipes
  • Radio and television
  • Books and magazines that you enjoy reading

The skilled nursing facility Jacksonville FL-based, may be able to provide some necessities, so check first to see what your loved one may already have.

Clothes to Wear at Assisted Living Jacksonville FL

  • Sweatpants, jeans, and sweaters are all good options
  • Robes and pajamas
  • Socks/slippers/shoes
  • Jackets and warm coats are recommended

For exceptional occasions, formal attire is appropriate. Bring a range of outfits appropriate for the climate where your loved one will be staying.

Toiletries for Your Jacksonville Florida Assisted Living

  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and soap
  • Lotions/razor
  • Make-up

Again, most assisted living facilities in Jacksonville Florida offer a wide range of services and amenities, so gather a list of what will be available before making a special trip to the store for toiletries.


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

July 9, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Westminster Communities of Florida: Westminster Communities of Florida serves more than 7,000 residents in 22 communities throughout Florida who are in search of an enlightened, fully integrated, person-centered approach to health and wellness. Since 1954, we've been Florida's best choice in active senior living. Find out more about how you can Live Well. Be Happy. at a Westminster community – visit our Web site at www.WestminsterCommunitiesFL.org or call 407-839-5050.


Signature Recipes to Light Up Your Fourth of July

July 1, 2021

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

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Our Signature Grilled Burgers & Toppings

Our Signature Buffalo Puppies

Our Signature Spicy Coleslaw

Our Signature Baked Potato Salad

Our Signature Tomato, Strawberry & Watermelon Salad

Our Signature Raspberry Lemonade


Signature Recipes to Enjoy this Father's Day

June 18, 2021

In celebration of Father's Day, the Westminster Dining Services team brings you five of their Signature Recipes to enjoy with your family! The delicious recipes include a Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken, Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad, Chopped Salad with Steak, Chicken and White Bean Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette and a Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Salad. You can download the entire recipe book by clicking on the cover image or each individual recipe below.

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Our Signature Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken

Our Signature Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad

Our Signature Chopped Salad with Steak

Our Signature Chicken and White Bean Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Our Signature Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Salad


Westminster Woods on Julington Creek Breaks Ground on Construction of New Memory Care Building

May 27, 2021

The ceremonial turning of the shovels, from left to right, Brian Tenney, Executive Director; Cyndi Stevenson, Florida State Representative; CEO Terry Rogers; Dr. Joan Hodges, Chair of the Resident Council; and the Rev. Dwight Bayley.

After a ceremonial turning of the shovels, construction set to begin on new Memory Care building, featuring 32 apartments and dedicated spaces for support of residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia

Today Westminster Woods on Julington Creek broke ground on its new Memory Care building, following Thursday’s ceremonial turning of the shovels. This new development will feature 32 apartments for Assisted Living residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia with dedicated, specialized amenities and spaces to support these residents.

The new Memory Care building is an expansion of the Life Plan Community, which serves more than 400 residents with Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Nursing Care, Rehabilitation and more. Residents will receive Memory Care and Assisted Living services in spaces custom-designed to support their needs. It will feature innovative and sustainable building features, designed as a set of small, secure neighborhoods with spacious private apartments, a memory garden and more. 

The groundbreaking is just the latest phase in enhancing the Life Plan Community, and signals the ongoing commitment of Westminster Woods on Julington Creek to serving senior adults throughout greater Jacksonville, and to provide excellent choices in living options for today’s older adults. The Memory Care building was designed by THW Design of Atlanta, and will be built by Welbro Building Corp. of Maitland, Florida. 

Westminster Woods on Julington Creek Executive Director Brian Tenney offered a warm welcome to the attendees, who included current residents, Westminster Communities of Florida executive leadership and board members, and special guests. Tenney said, “Over the years, Westminster Woods on Julington Creek has taken the opportunity to expand how we provide living options for our residents. We all know someone with dementia. There is a growing demand for intentional services to meet the individual needs of seniors with cognitive impairment, in a safe and comfortable environment.”

“Today is a special time,” said Terry Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of Westminster Communities of Florida. “We are here celebrating a couple of things. Firstly, we are recognizing hope and renewal after a year of pandemic. It is just wonderful, seeing new things starting, after what we have been through. Secondly, it represents growth for us. This means that we will innovate. It will be state-of-the art. We will also create new care models for those older adults living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

Rogers added, “This is going to be a tremendously special opportunity to meet the needs of those who need us. The construction is a really significant investment in this campus, and it’s only the first one that we will have, for years to come. We will be supporting hundreds of jobs over the next few years in construction, and then in operation, when we open it to new residents. I can’t wait to see today’s shovel turning become reality.”

Dr. Joan Hodges, Westminster Woods on Julington Creek Resident Council Chair, celebrated the arrival of the new Memory Care building as helping to create the future of the community. “As this building rises from the ground, it carries with it the hopes and dreams of the current residents and those who will hopefully live in this space in the future,” Hodges said. “Together, our community will continue to grow, while still preserving the naturally beautiful landscape that is Westminster Woods on Julington Creek.”

State Representative Cyndi Stevenson, an honored guest, expressed her gratitude to the residents and team members of Westminster Woods on Julington Creek. Stevenson said, “It has been an honor to know people who work here, who have come here to live and to create their lives together, and create communities within the community. I am grateful to see all of your faces today, and I am looking forward to a great new year. Thank you.”

As part of the program, a blessing for the building and the community was also offered by the Rev. Dwight Bayley, a resident at the community.

Following the program, Bayley, Hodges, Rogers, Stevenson and Tenney participated in the ceremonial turning of the shovels. Construction is anticipated to begin in the coming weeks, with site work already under way.

To learn more about Memory Care, Independent Living, Assisted Living or Nursing Care at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek, call (904) 287-7300.


Preparing for the 2021 Hurricane Season

May 21, 2021

This year, the hurricane season begins June 1 and will last through November 30. Be sure to check your emergency kit for anything you need this season, including water and non perishable food. Starting May 28 and continuing through June 6, you can buy items tax free in Florida.

Read our Hurricane Preparedness Guide below for more info and an emergency supply kit checklist.

2021 Hurricane Preparedness Guide


Signature Recipes To Enjoy With Family this Mother's Day

May 7, 2021

In celebration of Mother's Day, the Westminster Dining Services team brings you five of their Signature Recipes to enjoy with your family! The delicious recipes include an asparagus and zucchini frittata, avocado panzanella with sunny egg, cinnamon roll casserole, fresh fruit salad and hashbrown casserole. You can download the entire recipe book by clicking on the cover image or each individual recipe below.

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Our Signature Asparagus and Zucchini Frittata

Our Signature Avocado Panzanella with Sunny Egg

Our Signature Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Our Signature Fresh Fruit Salad

Our Signature Hashbrown Casserole


4 Ways to Stay Connected with Family in Assisted Living Through Technology

April 22, 2021

Now more than ever, physical distance is the greatest obstacle keeping families apart, especially for those with loved ones in assisted living facilities. Even with COVID-19 afoot, we are still enabled to remain in touch with those in assisted living, both inbound and outbound. Technology makes this easier than ever! Continue reading to learn how to optimize technology to remain close with family despite distance and disease.

Smart Phones

According to a recent report, four out of ten seniors own and operate a smart phone – a figure that has doubled since 2013. These incredible inventions allow owners to hold the power of the internet within the palms of their hands, which means anything is possible with a viable Wi-Fi connection. Furthermore, smartphones offer access to an array of communication apps which make it possible to connect face-to-face, in addition to a plethora of other benefits. Phones don’t have to be used only as text machines, and the elderly are also more proficient than ever at mastering these tools, which makes smart phones incredibly useful for staying in touch.

Video Chat

The ability to place video calls is not restricted to smart phones only, you can just as easily do the same thing with tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. These devices also provide a much larger interface and, therefore, a bigger and clearer picture of those you are chatting with. Not only is this practical for catching up with loved ones that you have not been able to see for a long time, but it is also a great benefit for telehealth and other ways of staying healthy during the pandemic. Besides this, video chats also allow participants to enjoy in games together, no matter how many miles may separate them. Skype and Zoom are two free and intuitive chat services that have taken off recently, and they are excellent tools for staying connected.


Yes, email is classic but it is just as effective as ever at keeping people linked together. Though email does not promise as personal a touch as video chatting, it is still easy to share photos, videos, recipes, and important family updates. Recent updates to email also allow users to share calendars, so that everyone in the family can be kept up to speed on appointments and other important life happenings, like birthdays or graduations.

Social Media

Social platforms such as Facebook have boomed since the turn of the century and they are still on their current trajectory towards the stratosphere. Social media can be an open forum for posts of all kinds from those that you friend or follow, but you can just as easily temper your intake of material by creating private groups with your friends and family to limit the white noise. All it takes is an account and you can instantly tap into your loved ones.

Seeking out an independent living or assisted living community for your elderly beloved does not have to be something to fear, because it is easier than ever to stay in touch even after they have begun their residency there. Westminster Woods on Julington Creek in Jacksonville, FL offers an interactive lifestyle without compromises and our residents benefit from a full array of services and healthcare options, including memory care and skilled nursing. Reach out as soon as possible to get started on finding your home here!


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