By Greg Pascucci
Now more than ever, retirement living offers value and services that create a maintenance-free, fully-supported lifestyle. Additionally, prospective residents can feel secure knowing there is a committed team of professionals, dedicated to ensuring residents’ health, safety and well-being.
“These are uncertain times; however, residents have peace of mind knowing they have an extended family here to provide support and care,” said Bill Diamond, Executive Director of The Carlisle Naples, an active retirement community. “Our community also follows guidelines set by the CDC and federal and state governments to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.”
The Carlisle has implemented extensive cleaning and disinfecting protocols and stringent precautionary measures such as a thorough visitor screening process with temperature checks. Residents can also take comfort in the fact that there is a swift and responsive action plan in place, should the need arise, that includes targeted testing and contact tracing.
Beyond the rigorous precautionary measures in place, residents at senior living communities know that they are not in this alone. For example, The Carlisle’s Zest activities and wellness team has adapted their vibrant and engaging programs to adhere to social distancing guidelines – such as online lifelong learning lectures, modified fitness classes and mobile carts with refreshments and appetizers – all prepared with stringent safety measures in mind. The Zest team also helps residents stay connected by providing tech support and hosting video chat sessions with loved ones, relaying emails and letters from family and friends, and maintaining a full calendar of virtual programs that touches the mind, body and soul.
Carlisle resident Kay Springston has lived at The Carlisle Naples for two years and is especially fond of the “Tech Buddys” program. She was thrilled the Zest team was able to adapt the in-person class, which offers assistance with iPads and iPhones, to an online format via Zoom.
“The instructor does such a great job,” said the 79-year-old former comptroller for an advertising agency and web design company. “She’s taught us to create photo albums using an app, and I sent my granddaughter in Germany photos from her wedding. She was so happy to receive them!”
Springston also works out three times per week. She appreciates the efforts The Carlisle team has made to keep her and her neighbors safe during the classes such as limiting participants to adhere to social distancing, offering classes multiple times per week and using technology to reduce the need for in-person visits to the community by instructors.
The staff at senior living communities also understand the important role plays in boosting one’s immune system and warding off disease. Residents continue to enjoy delicious menu options, expertly prepared by a culinary team. At The Carlisle, Executive Chef Marlon Perez and his team offer a variety of daily, fresh and mouthwatering choices, delivered via room service with a smile (and a handwritten note or two) and carefully prepared following CDC guidelines.
Springston finds the convenience of not having to worry about cooking or preparing meals allows her time to focus on a hobby she rediscovered during social distancing: knitting. She’s already made several shawls and an afghan.
Senior living communities offering a continuum of care can provide peace of mind in knowing there are supportive services available, if needed. The Carlisle’s licensed and CARF-accredited assisted living residences offer a comprehensive menu of specialized care services that can be reduced or increased over time. Plus, the community’s extended congregate care (ECC) license – held in addition to the standard assisted living licensure—allows The Carlisle to provide additional supportive and nursing services to residents who would otherwise need to transition to a skilled nursing facility.
The Carlisle also holds an important seal of approval, third-party accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This indicates that a senior living community has achieved an elevated standard of excellence akin to the accreditation process for a hospital or university. Though state and federal guidelines do not require senior living communities to be accredited, it is an important distinction that provides residents with the assurance that the highest standards of quality care and services are maintained.
Located at 6945 Carlisle Court in Naples, The Carlisle offers spacious one-and two-bedroom residences, weekly housekeeping and flat linen services, basic cable TV, all utilities except telephone, and delicious dining with daily, chef-prepared specials. For more information about the community, please call 239-221-0017 or visit www.TheCarlisleNaples.com.
Luxury Rental Retirement Living
6945 Carlisle Court, Naples, FL 34109
239-221-0017 . www.srgseniorliving.com