Westminster Village - Spanish Fort
500 Spanish Fort Blvd. , Spanish Fort, AL 36527
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Sep 29, 2017 | Reviewed by Betty
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We visited Westminster Village. They had a beauty shop on the premises, a swimming pool, a little health spa, a lovely dining room, a library, a little store, and bus transportation to doctors' appointments and to stores, to town and so forth. The food was delicious.
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Description of Westminster Village - Spanish Fort
Westminster Village is a non-profit CRCC, or Continuing Care Retirement Community, located in historic Spanish Fort, Alabama. While most of the units (80 percent) are independent living, the community also offers assisted living and skilled nursing units. CRCCs allow seniors to move in when they're independent and stay for the duration as their needs change. Couples need not separate because they require different levels of care. Westminster Village is the only accredited CRCC on the gulf coast.
Westminster Village is also the only CRCC in the area that offers a Life Care Plan, meaning that the facility received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC). These certifications represent outstanding quality and financial strength. The Life Care Plan directs long-term contracts to provide caregiving services, skilled nursing and housing in one facility, alleviating the need for resident moves.
The coastal community of Spanish Fort is just one mile from the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, and 35 minutes from the gulf. The neighboring Fair Hope is a highly desirable area for seniors with its picturesque downtown and thriving art community. Westminster Village provides transportation to the symphony, theater, space gallery and playhouse in the park. Residents are especially enthusiastic about attending Mobile's own annual Mardi Gras Parade and Ball.
Westminster Village boasts 56 wooded acres and beautiful Spanish architecture. Each level of living has its own dining room and activity program and all are just a short walk to common meeting areas like the Village Store and coffee corners.
The independent living units are in the main three-floor building, neighborhood apartments, and garden cottages.
Bay Ridge at Westminster contains the CCRC's memory care, rehabilitation, plus 62-bed skilled nursing and 28 assisted living units -- all connected to the main building's independent living units.
- Walking trails
- Outdoor picnic areas
- Garden areas
- Private patios
- Sun rooms
- Fitness center
- Wellness center
- Indoor pool and whirlpool
- Main dining room: beautifully designed
- Private dining room
- Large activity/meeting room
- Library/resource center
- Computer center
- Extensive arts and crafts area
- Art studio
- Woodworking shop
- Billiards room
- Private chapel: interdenominational services
- Two beauty salons
- Resident-run Village Store
- Guest apartments
- Gated community with 24-hour security
- Symphony Orchestra
- Alabama Lyric Theatre
- Theatre 98
- Summer Movie Series
- Space 301 Gallery
- Playhouse in the Park
- In-house Senior Olympics
- Mardi Gras Parade and Ball in Mobile
Activities: just a sampling--new selections emerge daily
- Walking club
- Putting Green
- Tai chi
- Ballroom dancing
- Square dancing
- Line Dancing
- Dance group
- Bible Study
- Presbyterian Woman's Group
- Stitch In Time
- Computer Club
- Game Night
- Bridge competitions
- Movie Night
- Social Hour
- Men's Coffee
- Dinner Groups
- Holiday parties
- Symphony Outings
- Shopping sprees
Services for each level of care are defined as follows.
The Helping Hands Program available to independent living residents delivers any desired service for a price. Most services are included in the monthly rent, with the exception of phone and internet. Each senior receives a $300 per month meal credit.
Services are provided as a part of the living agreement. Meals are provided three times per day. Typical services might include bedding changes, shower assistance and incontinent care.
Skilled Nursing Services:
All services that are provided above and more, are included. Care is round-the-clock and includes memory care for Alzheimer patients or those with other cognitive disabilities.
Services Available to Every Level of Care
- 24-hour security
- Daily meals: dietition-created
- Fitness training
- Movement classes
- Medication reminders
- Prescriptions filled
- Weekly onsite physician visits
- Certified nursing assistants and a licensed practical nurse (LPN) on staff
- Shower assistance
- Dressing assistance
- Cable television
- Regular transportation
- Significantly more affordable than other CRCCs across the country
- Flexible housing to allow moves to licensed care and avoid relocation
- Loving service from happy employees
- Gracious southern hospitality
Beyond services, entertainment and facility amenities, Westminster Village is just a happy place to be. People walk in and they can feel the energy. Marketing Director, Burdette Stilwell, says "We have lots of fun here." Folks hail from all over the country and really enjoy the coastal living, southern cooking, and famed hospitality. Employees receive the best benefits in the area and love what they do, so they stay for many years. Their passion for seniors transfers to their caring relationships with the residents.
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