- Health Services
- Assisted Living
- Home Health Services
- Smith Care Center
- Short Term Rehabilitative Services
- Dedicated Staff
The Plymouth Harbor team of dedicated staff and skilled medical professionals places an emphasis on preventive care and fitness for optimum health, but we are also prepared to support residents as needs change.
Plymouth Harbor is equipped to serve our residents should they face sudden obstacles. Our residents have priority access to assisted living facilities, as well as rehabilitation and skilled nursing services within the community. There is no need to worry or dwell on the “what ifs” of retirement when you live at Plymouth Harbor.
To New Beginnings
As a Life Plan Community, we recognize the need to provide for our residents and their families who are facing the challenges of both normal aging and dementia. For that reason, on December 14, 2015, we broke ground on the Northwest Garden Building. Today, we’re happy to announce that it is now open.
The Northwest Garden Building is located next to the existing Smith Care Center on the west side of the campus and encompasses 30 Memory Care, 30 Assisted Living, and 10 luxury Residential Living apartments. The Martha Jane Phillips Starr Memory Care Residence is a new addition to Plymouth Harbor, and specifically focuses on providing personalized care and services for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related conditions. The new Seaside Assisted Living Residence and Residential Living residences is an expansion of our current offerings, intended to help meet increased need. The building itself consists of three floors, in addition to a lower parking level. Amenities include a restaurant, Salon/Spa, three Courtyard Gardens, a Bistro, Media Center, and an abundance of common areas for residents, family members, and guests to enjoy.
Seaside Assisted Living Residence – Northwest Garden Building
- The new Seaside Assisted Living, opened in 2018, is complete with a spectacular view of Sarasota Bay. The second floor houses 24 of the 30 new assisted living apartments (six on floor one).
- Available for current and future residents who benefit from more assistance in daily living, the apartments will share beautifully designed and sophisticated features consistent with the tastes of today’s resident. Amenities will include a Salon/Spa, Media Center (floor one), Family Resource and Conference Center, and more.
The Martha Jane Phillips Starr Memory Care Residence – Northwest Garden Building
- Floor one of the Northwest Garden building encompasses the new Starr Memory Care Residence. Two “neighborhoods” make up 15 apartments, for a total of 30.
- Each memory care neighborhood accommodates 15 residents in private suites. The suites are approximately 325 square feet and include a private bath. Residents may choose to bring their own furniture, opt to have it provided, or a combination of the two.
Home Health Services
Plymouth Harbor offers home health services in the privacy and comfort of the resident’s home, coordinated and supervised by a registered nurse. Among the services offered through our home health services are planning for care, which identifies the resident’s goals and the potential obstacles he or she could face. Recovering from injury, surgery, illness, or disease are also reasons why one might be seeking home health services. Self-management begins with understanding and identifying symptoms and managing medications.
Plymouth Harbor’s caring approach to the delivery of home health services focuses on the individual needs of our residents and those closest to them.
If you are a resident of Plymouth Harbor, or are seeking assistance for your loved one who is a resident, our home health services are available to you. Among the specific services provided are:
- Complimentary assessment by a registered nurse
- Skilled nursing care (RN or LPN)
- Medication set up
- Medication administering
- Assistance with personal care, light housekeeping, light meal prep, or laundry
- Accompaniment to physician appointments
- Private duty assistance for companionship, respite care, arranging appointments, or organizing mail
- Assistance with groceries or errands
Contact Us: If you are seeking any of the services listed above, or others, please give us a call first.
Contact Liz Clark, Home Care Administrator.
Ph. 941-361-7245, or LizC@PlymouthHarbor.org.
Smith Care Center
Plymouth Harbor has a proud tradition of providing skilled nursing and an excellent continuum of care to its residents. The Smith Care Center, which was awarded the 2016 Governor’s Gold Seal for Excellence, offers comprehensive skilled nursing services, which are personalized for the unique needs of the individual. Licensed nurses along with a compassionate, professional staff treat residents and their families with dignity and respect. Residents have an option of selecting a private or semi-private room with space for decorative personal items that offer a sense of familiarity. Rooms offer serene bay, garden, or pond views. The setting and surroundings mirror the sense of peace and serenity of knowing that personal assistance is near.
Medical assistance is just one of our pillars of support. The Smith Care Center features a full slate of social and recreational programming. Residents are encouraged to participate in outings of their choosing and to maintain an interest in their favorite pastimes and hobbies.
Residents can choose between receiving medical care from the Center’s Medical Director or from the resident’s established physician. The Smith Care Center works collaboratively with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Doctors Hospital, should hospitalization ever be required. Convenient therapy and rehabilitation services are provided on site.
Services and amenities provided in the Smith Care Center include:
- Skilled nursing staff
- Private line telephone service
- Rehabilitative services (physical, occupational, and speech therapy)
- Professionally staffed activities program Calendar May 2018
- Medicare certification
- Social services
- Family and resident care planning
- 39″ Flat Screen TVs
- Individually adjustable heating and cooling
Short Term Rehabilitative Services
Also housed within our Smith Care Center at Plymouth Harbor is a short term rehabilitation program. The program incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach to individual needs, all focused on a goal of returning you to your private home. Our physical, occupational, and speech therapists work together to restore quality and purpose of daily living for those with a serious illness or injury, or recovery from elective surgery.
The Smith Care Center short term rehab program welcomes residents from within Plymouth Harbor, as well as community members in Sarasota who are recovering from an injury or surgery and require intensive rehab before returning home.
As Smith Care Center is Medicare approved, Medicare provides reimbursement for up to 100 days, depending on:
- The patient’s medical condition,
- Physician’s certification that the patient requires rehabilitative care,
- And the patient has spent three consecutive days in an acute care hospital, not counting the day of discharge.
We are happy to answer any questions you might have regarding rehabilitative care at the Smith Care Center at Plymouth Harbor.
Please feel free to contact our admissions office at 941-361-7181, or by emailing Mary VanSant at MaryV@PlymouthHarbor.org. We are here to help you regain your independence.
Randy B. Powell, M.D., Medical Director
Board Certified in Family Practice
Family Practitioner at Intercoastal Medical Group
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Bachelor of Science, University of Florida
More than 20 years of experience practicing medicine
“Dr. Powell has been a wonderful addition to our team. Staff respects him, and he takes the time to teach. Residents have enjoyed his insight, as well as his good-natured personality. Not every doctor is able to pull off the balance of time, talent, and patience while dealing with a myriad of state and federal regulations in a skilled nursing setting…Dr. Powell does, and he does it with style and grace.” – Joe Devore
Joseph J. Devore, MGS, Vice President of Health Services
Licensed Nursing Home Administrator
Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Ohio State University
More than 25 years of experience in long-term care administration
“My role at Plymouth Harbor consists of oversight of all health care-related programs to ensure that residents receive a high level of personalized service and excellent health care from our highly competent and caring staff. This level of service is accomplished by team planning, setting and achieving short- and long-term objectives, and retaining key staff. Our staff has a passion for excellence and a desire to continually improve our services. Our standards of excellence are maintained through continued educational programs and a high level of communication among the health services team, our residents, and the entire community.”
Karen Novak, RN, MS, Director of Health Services
“I am committed to establishing evidence-based best practices of care, which will assure that our residents are being provided the highest quality care possible as determined by recognized experts. Personalized care and attention to specific needs of individuals are of the highest priority. My door is open to discuss care needs with residents and their families.”
Liz Clark, LPN, Home Care Administrator
LPN, Sarasota County Technical Institute
Certified Assisted Living Facility Administrator
Graduate, Leading Age Leadership Academy
Currently pursuing RN, State College of Florida
More than 35 years of experience in health care and nursing
Joined Plymouth Harbor in 1986
“Since 1986, I have served in many roles at Plymouth Harbor, always deriving great pleasure from working directly with our residents and their families. My focus, from the initial health interview prior to welcoming residents to our community, is on the long-term preventative health care that will maximize quality of life for everyone. It is also my responsibility to manage health records and provide resident and employee screenings, inoculations, flu shots, and other services for over-all community health. You will find me in the Callahan Center directing care for residents served here or in their own homes.”
Brandi Burgess, Smith Care Center Social Worker
Bachelor of Arts, College of William and Mary
Graduate training in Gerontology and Health Care Administration, University of South Florida
More than 20 years of experience in long term care communities
“I help each resident and short-term rehab patient by ensuring that they are surrounded by the personal items and preferred comforts that will make their life special while in the Smith Care Center. It is my responsibility to coordinate the care and resources to ensure this comfortable and healing environment. Rehab patients also benefit from my attention to their individual goals and needs to ensure a safe and successful discharge back to the community.”
Mary VanSant, Smith Care Center Admissions Coordinator
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minor in Child Development, Florida State University
Joined Plymouth Harbor in October of 2015
“My position as Admissions Coordinator often times allows me first contact with potential residents desiring short-term rehab, long-term care, or a respite stay. I strive to ensure and coordinate a smooth transition into SCC. By working closely with all parties, including the resident, their family, physicians, and hospital representatives, a solid foundation for the excellent care our residents receive upon admission and throughout their entire stay is established. Attention to detail and a thorough education about our community and care standards help residents adjust appropriately to their new environment.”
Judith Sarnowski, Smith Care Center Activity Director
Certified Dementia Practitioner, CDP
Bachelor of Arts in Education, Purdue University
ADC, NCCAP National Certification Council for Activity Professionals
CDP, National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
More than 12 years of experience in health care
“As Activity Director of the Plymouth Harbor Smith Care Center, I am responsible for the design and implementation of an ongoing program of activities intended to enhance the overall daily routine and activity pursuits of each resident. My goal is to help residents achieve their optimum physical and psychological potential. We do this through participation in activities that help maintain current leisure interests and aid in the development of new interests compatible with their physical and mental capabilities. Opportunities for socialization, exercise, artistic expression, and community involvement are just a few of the key elements in our activity programming. Of course, it goes without saying that the most important responsibility I have is to ensure that an element of fun is incorporated into the lives of our residents each and every day.”
Andy Davis, CDM, CFPP Dietary Manager
“My department is responsible for providing delicious and nutritious meals to the residents of our Smith Care Center. While my responsibility is to meet the nutritional needs of our residents on an individual basis, our Dining Services department does whatever it takes to make our residents happy. A good meal can help to make someone’s entire day. I love when a resident tells me how much they enjoyed a meal!
Jeannie Humphrey, LPN, Executive Assistant
“My first priority is assisting the office of the Vice President of Health Services. There are many details involved in the big picture of providing the highest standards of customized care for all of our residents. The quality care extends from coordinating billing and accounting to minimize patient concerns, to securing personal valuables, managing Personal Trust accounts, and making sure personal mail is delivered promptly to those in the Smith Care Center. My professional nursing skills also make it possible for me to assist with the preparation of discharge medication lists prior to the home care transition.”