Holiday Retirement - Florida
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Holiday Retirement has been providing seniors in the Sunshine State with a unique and affordable independent retirement experience. Our dedicated staff of live-in community managers strives to make each and every resident of a Holiday Retirement Florida community feel right at home from the minute they step through our doors. This is what we call The Holiday Touch, and it is what makes life at our communities so special.
I enjoyed my communication with the director of Spring Oaks. I got a good sampling of the services they provide. It was very comprehensive when I was shown around the facility. They offer respite care. The rooms seemed comfortable. We have to provide the furniture, except for in respite care. It was as I expected it would be; nothing fancy, but then again we're working on a budget, and it seemed very nice.
My mom was at Sunset Lake Village for three weeks. She refused housekeeping and do her own housekeeping. She didn’t let them change her bed. I did the laundry. I think in the three weeks that my mom was there, she got one shower. It was posted on the back on her door that she would get assistance with the shower on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I think on one Wednesday, she got a shower, and then I don’t know what happened. She never got another one, so that wasn’t good. I did have a little bit of a problem there. She was in assisted living but basically she did her own thing other than one shower and her medications once a day.
We really liked Village Place. They don’t have one main dining room. They have what they call neighborhoods of small sections with maybe 12 total. We liked that concept. They had a nice little living area with a sofa and television, you can make puzzles, and there’s books. Next to that would be the dining area. It's now just waitlisting. They don't have availability.
We moved my mom to Royal Palm two weeks ago. I’m like five minutes away from her. I know she had an incident two days ago. She was down having breakfast and one of the workers came over and said we’re going to strip her bed. Of course, my mother, being the way she is, got all upset and burst into tears. They were looking for bed bugs. It wasn’t a pleasant experience for my mother to go through because she had to go up to her room and find her bed all stripped and linens just thrown in the corner. I know Mom is fine because her mattress is not even a month old. All her linens are brand new, and her mattress and everything are brand new. I’ve known the executive director for a long time. I met with her to get my mom in, and she seems very dedicated and caring. She really does. So I have to say I’m pleased with that. Whereas at other facilities, I’ve never met the executive directors.
Azalea Park is a relatively new place, and I love the apartment, although my mom does not like Lakeland. Their food is good. Their dining area is very nice and feels accommodating. Everybody's very nice, from the residents to the management. I'm impressed with the whole place.
Sterling Court was very expensive and very beautiful. It would be my first choice, but I could not afford it. I was impressed with the actual presentation of the building. It seemed to have a friendly atmosphere. The rooms, people, and food were nice. The only one drawback that I had was that they had only one elevator, and it was a huge place. When you go to breakfast, lunch, and dinner there, the one thing I heard among the residents was it was very difficult to go up and down because there was only one elevator there. Other than that, I did not have any objections. I would still probably have chosen it if I could afford it, but I couldn’t. However, I had an excellent visit. I was very impressed with the personnel and the people I saw with smiles on their faces. They had everything anyone could ever want.
Renaissance is a very big community, with big units and a very big price tag. The dining area was lovely. They have an activities director. Her office is right next to my mother’s unit. They have lots of activities but the housekeeping was poor. They do not do my mother’s laundry because she does not put it in the basket. The rates go up quite a bit every year.
I was not impressed with Spring Haven Retirement. The lady that helped us and who showed us the place was very friendly and very informative, but I felt it was old. I was not impressed with the elevators since they were not clean. I was not impressed, although it offered a lot of amenities and activities. I thought that was good. The dining rooms were OK.
We saw Desoto Beach Club when we visited the place. We initially liked it, but we talked to some people who moved out of the place and to a resident in the elevator who said that the management had changed and the quality had gone down. The manager who gave us the tour said to us to disregard the carpets because they are going to be replaced soon, but the residents told us they were being told that for two years now. The carpet did look pretty bad.
I like Sterling Court very much; in fact, it's my number one choice. The staff was great and well organized. The guy who accommodated me did a great job. The apartments were nice since it’s a new community. Their dining area is very nice, and I enjoyed it.
My mother is in The Plaza. It’s clean, and they’re friendly and helpful. I was impressed by the activities, and the care available, including 24-hour nursing care. They have a kosher kitchen, so the meals are very good and delicious. My mother is really happy there.
Windward Palms was great. The people were friendly. I looked at a nice and clean but small one-bedroom unit. They had to have larger windows because I would like to be able to look out. They had a lot of space where you could play cards with the people there. The dining room looked very nice.
The Plaza at Pembroke Park was nice but wasn’t my cup of tea. It didn’t look like my mother would enjoy it. It looked more like they were in kindergarten, whereas in the other place we visited, they seemed to treat them like adults. They had a pool but didn’t even have a handicap access to the pool, so it’s kind of useless. The people were very nice and very pleasant.
We looked at Royal Palm. They had a assisted living and memory care ward. The community was good, but my dad really didn’t like it there as much. The rooms were OK, a little small, and a little outdated, but they were well kept. The community was a little old. Dining area was OK, but my dad didn’t really like the food there.
The food at Tremont is very good and they have many activities. They have three floors with elevators for the residents to go up and down to and go to activities in their walker. Their halls are very large and the surrounding area is very beautiful. The people who manage the place are nice and accommodating. I wish my mother could stay here, but she is currently in the hospital right now.
Augustine Landing was very good. My son, daughter-in-law, and I enjoyed it. The staff was pleasant, professional, and answered questions I hadn't even thought to ask. I enjoyed meeting them, and it seemed that they had a way to make sure they knew all current residents by name. There was a bit of a situation with one of the residents who was maybe feeling a little more depressed than most people would expect, and they handled it very professionally. The only reason we knew about it was because we happened to be in the office when another guest came in, and spoke to Paul, the gentleman who took us on the tour. We really liked the facility, and the feel of the place. The residents spoke to us, and they didn't go out of their way to be super chummy, but they were very pleasant. They reached out without a lot of prompting or anything. They enjoyed where they were. The rooms and apartments were a very good size. They had one studio apartment that had more square footage than a one-bedroom that was right around the corner from it. I think that studio was actually $120 more a month than the one-bedroom, but both of them were lovely. They had balconies so you have at least a little bit of an outdoor area. One drawback was there wasn't a pool.
Our experience with Woodlands Village was great. The people were very nice, and the staff was wonderful. The apartment my mother was in was nice but the overall set up and accommodation and was a little older. They separated the assisted living people from the independent. They had different dining rooms. The food was not that nice. I couldn't eat there because it smelled like an old person's home. The smaller dining room didn't smell quite as clean. I personally had a hard time eating there. It smelled like an old person's home and I couldn't breathe that smell and eat at the same time. My mother got more involved in the activities at Woodlands because the activity director would go around and knock on everybody's door and make my mom know that something was happening and she'd go and do it.
I visited Azalea Park and liked it very much. Everything, including the staff and food, was wonderful. I looked at the accommodations, and I couldn’t afford it. The dining room was packed. Everybody came down dressed nice and neatly. I saw an extra-large room, which I could not afford. The basic was OK but lacked storage. You could expect that in an apartment. The staff was very accommodating. It was very nice. I had lunch there, and the food was wonderful.
Atrium at Gainesville was my favorite of all the ones I have seen so far. I liked the apartments. It's a slightly older building but very well maintained. The units were larger than a lot of the other units we've looked at in other facilities. It just has very nice apartments and I liked the fact that they had full kitchens and a dishwasher. The dining area was very nice and had restaurant-quality service. The food was very good and seasoned without being overly seasoned. The only thing I didn't like about the facility was that because I was traveling, I had my dog with me, and I asked if I could leave the dog in the little front entryway in his crate inside the second doorway where it would be cooler, and they aren't willing to accommodate me. Their solution was they'd take his crate and put it in a shade under a tree out in the parking lot so every time we would go around on the tour and I could see a window, I would rush to it to make sure the dog was still OK. That was the only downside.
My brother-in-law is in Spring Oaks. I have mixed emotions about it. He's getting very good care. It wasn't built to be assisted living. The people's health is more severe. It seems to me to be more of a rehab place than an assisted living place. They're really good with the food. When they grind up his food, like if it's a hotdog, it still looks like a bun and a hotdog. It always resembles the food that's being served. They go out of their way and supposedly it tastes the same, except that they're not chewing it. The staff is wonderful. He had his teeth pulled and was bleeding so much. They just went out of their way to help him because he has to have teabags to chew on to stop the bleeding. We didn't have to worry about him. The care was very good.