“Many of the larger area facilities such as Plymouth Harbor and Village on the Isles have banded together and created a consortium of different long-term senior care facilities. They’ve come to support one another and share best practices, said Harry E. Hobson, President/CEO of Plymouth Harbor.”

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Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay President/CEO Harry Hobson, left, receives a wristband from Tammara Williams, CNA, as he arrived to work on Friday.

A message from Plymouth Harbor

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced an executive order Wednesday afternoon, March 11. The order restricts visitors from nursing homes and assisted living facilities for a period of two weeks after they: Show symptoms of any respiratory infection or are sick, travel internationally, have been aboard a cruise ship, visited an area with community spread of the virus or live in an area with community spread.

The Department of Health (DOH) began visiting all skilled nursing facilities this week. Our Smith Care Center was inspected on Tuesday, March 10, with the focus on reviewing infection control procedures and outcomes and what procedures we have in place to screen residents, visitors and staff for the potential infectious disease. The Surveyor found no deficiencies at Plymouth Harbor and noted he was impressed by procedures and communications we had in place.

In addition, our Seaside Assisted Living and Starr Memory Care Residence also received a visit from DOH. They were also complemented on the procedures they had in place for infection control.

Rays of sunshine, a slice of shade and high-tide were all welcome guests as Plymouth Harbor celebrated its long-awaited kayak launch dedication on Wednesday, January 15.

More than 60 residents and team members attended the champagne dedication of Plymouth Harbor’s newest wellness initiative. Wellness Director Summer Rentsch, instrumental in the project’s success, oversaw the festivities, with resident and Kayak Sub-Committee Chair Jack Kidd serving as her first mate. Resident Golden Clifton gave the onlookers a demonstration of how the lift is used, doing so with grace and ease.

This newest Plymouth Harbor amenity “allows the residents to connect with their neighbors who have a shared passion for enjoying and exploring nature and staying active,” Summer said.

Jack thanked Summer and Plymouth Harbor President/CEO Harry Hobson for their leadership. He also thanked his fellow committee members, Gary Olson, Sandy Weis, Golden Clifton and Buzz VanArsdale for their persistent efforts, along with Vice President of Facilities George McGonagill and his team.

Beth Watson from the Plymouth Harbor Foundation thanked the donors who graciously helped get the project off the ground and into the pristine waters of Sarasota Bay.

The kayak project also included installing new and efficient kayak racks, pull-carts and new landscaping in addition to the lift itself.

Along with a safe avenue into the water, Plymouth Harbor introduced a kayak loan program.

“The inception of our kayak loan program also allows so many others to experience the healing powers of the water,” continued Summer.

The loan program was made possible by three residents who donated their kayaks to the Foundation for resident and guest use.

For more information on the kayak loan program, please see the Tower Front Desk.

While Wellness is a priority at Plymouth Harbor 365 days and 52 weeks of every year, our annual Resident Wellness Week is a time set aside each year to emphasize the different ways to live a well life. Resident Wellness Week is carefully orchestrated by Summer Rentsch, our Director of Wellness, to present residents with a variety of activities that encourage a healthy mind, body and spirit. “During this week, we celebrate our minds, bodies and spirits that carry us through each day,” Summer said.

This year there was an emphasis on holistic wellbeing and what well-rounded wellness looks like. “This week always serves as a way to showcase fun activities and events that might entice someone who has not spent much time in the wellness center to join us and see what it’s all about,” Summer said.

This year’s schedule of activities offered a wide variety of events to choose from, so whether you enjoy indoor classes or would prefer to explore the city, there was something for everyone. On Monday, Amy Raspillar, certified Hoola-Fit instructor, taught a hoola-hooping class that allowed residents the chance to learn a new skill and play like they did when they were kids. For one hour, Amy helped residents find their groove and get their heart rates up through the act of hoola-hooping. A “Healing Music” concert was held on Tuesday in Pilgrim Hall. Musical duo Adam Desorgo and Cheeko Matsusaka of “Back to the Beat” brought their musical talents (on piano and cello respectively) to our stage. “There is so much to say about music’s role in our overall health and wellness and an endless stream of music to share,” Back to the Beat said of their experience in a Facebook post. “Unlike a traditional performance, I let my audience close their eyes and let the music take them to a space of rest and relaxation.”

An excursion to Selby Gardens followed on Wednesday, where residents and Wellness staff enjoyed the healing powers of nature. Thursday’s event was a stand-up comedy act by Sherry Derrenberger, otherwise known as the Sit Down Comic, who believes that laughter is the best medicine. A final celebratory luncheon was held on Friday to thank those who participated and close out the week of events.

“These activities provided our residents with the chance to explore new ways to stimulate their mind, body and spirit and to remind everyone that taking care of yourself is the best investment you will ever make,” Summer said. Throughout life, we are all aging. No matter if we like it or not, aging is a constant, and the key to aging well is taking care of ourselves, mentally, physically and spiritually. Thank you to all of the residents who participated in this week’s events and for making the Wellness Center such a big part of their lives. “Without their enthusiastic participation, we couldn’t accomplish what we do each day,” Summer said. “Their friendship, suggestions, kindness, and generosity mean so much and we look forward to serving you all for years to
come!”