“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.