The Northwest Garden


Five Years and Counting

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. On Feb. 23, 2023, we celebrated the Five-Year Anniversary of the opening of the NWG Assisted Living Facility.

The Northwest Garden Building is located next to the existing Smith Care Center on the west side of the campus. It encompasses 30 Memory Care, 30 Assisted Living, and 10 luxury Residential Living apartments. The Memory Care Residence was a much-needed addition to Plymouth Harbor and specifically focuses on providing personalized care and services for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related conditions. The Assisted Living and Residential Living residences expanded our previous offerings, and are 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.

• With the Northwest Garden Building opening five years ago, the footprint of Plymouth Harbor increased from 500,000 sq. ft. to 653,000 sq. ft.

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Please click on the sectioned tabs below to see all that the Northwest Garden has to offer. Each tab will adjust the content below and detail out all the information to give you a great view and peace of mind. Please contact us at any time with questions, for more information and to schedule a tour.

Floor One: Memory Care

Floor one encompasses the Memory Care Residence. Two “neighborhoods” make up 15 apartments, for a total of 30. This floor also includes six assisted living apartments.

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.

Approx. 325 sq. ft.

The Main Lobby is located on floor one, welcoming all visitors to the Memory Care Residence
and the Assisted Living Residence. This central location offers a warm and inviting entrance and
is accessible 24/7. It also provides access to a covered walkway that leads to a secure entrance
into the Memory Care Residence.

The Northwest Garden Restaurant is adjacent to the lobby. This main dining option for
Assisted Living offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and features a Private Dining Room.

Floor one offers access to three separate Courtyard Gardens with beautiful outdoor
walkways, greenery, and a water feature.

Floor Two: Assisted Living

Floor Two encompasses the Assisted Living Residence, complete with a spectacular view of Sarasota Bay. This floor houses 24 of the 30 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.

Approx. 900 sq. ft.

Approx. 525 sq. ft.

Residents of the Assisted Living Residence may choose from
one bedroom or two bedroom floorplans (pictured right).
There are two, two-bedroom apartments available.

The Assisted Living Lobby on floor two opens to a
beautiful atrium overlooking the Northwest Garden
Restaurant, Main Lobby, and Courtyard Gardens below.

Floor Three: Residential Living

Floor Three features 10 new luxurious two-bedroom apartment residences. Residents enjoy beautiful views of Sarasota Bay and some select views of the Courtyard Gardens below. While the Northwest Garden offers enhanced privacy, residents have open access to all amenities on the Plymouth Harbor campus.

Bistro 700 is located on this floor. The bistro is designed as a dining option for all Plymouth Harbor residents, as well as a casual café complete with an outdoor patio area that features a fireplace.

Ground Floor: Parking

The Northwest Garden parking garage is located on the ground level of the new building. It is designed to accommodate all new residents, guests, and staff.

Also included in the Northwest Garden Garage will be several electric car-charging stations, available to residents, staff, and guests. Exact locations are yet to be determined.

Northwest Garden: Dining Overview

Plymouth Harbor’s high-quality dining experiences will continue in the Northwest Garden Building. The Northwest Gardens has its own kitchen and dining staff. However, much of the food preparation takes place in the Mayflower Restaurant kitchen, under the direction of Chef René Weder.

The Sunset Bistro

The Sunset Bistro is located on the third floor of the Northwest Garden Building, adjacent to the new two-bedroom apartment residences. Designed as both a luxury dining option or a casual café, the contemporary bistro offers dining tables, high top tables, and seats at the bar. An outdoor balcony with a fireplace and patio furniture offers a spectacular view of Sarasota Bay.

The Atrium Restaurant

While open to all residents, the Atrium Restaurant is specifically designed for the convenience of our Seaside Assisted Living residents, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant atrium reaches two floors, offering breathtaking views of beautiful Sarasota Bay.

Amenities Overview

The Lounge is located on the second floor in the Assisted Living Residence. It’s a cozy area where residents, families, and friends gather for social events, such as movies, musical performances, wine and cheese events, or a casual coffee meet ups.

Family Conference Room and Resource Center
The Family Conference Room on the second floor provides a space for small groups, such as support groups or care planning. It also contains a Resource Center complete with educational, informational, and resource materials that provide assistance to family members who are seeking guidance when a family member is experiencing dementia or is expecting a move to a new level of care.

Media Center
Located on the first floor in the Assisted Living Residence, a 24/7 Media Center offer residents and family members books, DVDs, audio books, a computer station and printer, and other resources on loan. All residents of Plymouth Harbor can enjoy the Media Center at any time.

Assisted Living and Memory Care
Designed as a welcoming garden for Assisted Living and the Memory Care neighborhoods, the three Courtyard Gardens provide opportunities for safe, secure outdoor experiences for residents and family members. Whether a sunny stroll, pleasant social visit, distraction, or taking in the wonderful aromas of plant life, the Courtyard Gardens provide a wonderful outdoor change of pace for residents. Each garden offers a water feature, increased sensory stimulation, and pleasant seating for social visits.

Each neighborhood in the Memory Care Residence is equipped with a home-like kitchen and dining room. Residents may opt to prepare a meal or simply dine together with friends and family. The dining rooms are designed for open seating, casual dining, daily cooking activities, and are accessible around-the-clock, just like home. Additionally, the room’s back wall is removable, allowing the two neighborhoods to come together for large gatherings and programs.

Life Enrichment Center and Spa
The Life Enrichment Center in each neighborhood provides space for an array of daily activities for residents. Art Therapy classes are led by trained professionals working in a variety of mediums designed to stimulate the creative process. Music Therapy provides small group musical options, such as sing-a-longs, drum circles, and piano bars. Additional music opportunities are available for one-on-one encounters in a private suite or the Reflection Room for a resident who may benefit from a therapeutic instrumental or vocal experience. Fitness options for residents are available in the form of small group fitness classes, dance, and private one-on-one coaching.

Located on the second floor of the Assisted Living Residence, the spa offers haircuts/colors/styles, manicures, and pedicures. In addition, specialty services from estheticians and other professionals are available by appointment to all residents.

Reflection Room and Sensory Circle
The Reflection Room is a private space residents may visit for a calming experience, such as aromatherapy, reflexology, or massage therapy. A soothing, sensory experience is proven effective in calming aggressive behavior and improving mood. Family members are able to sit with a resident and listen to calming music, read aloud, or just enjoy each other’s company. The Reflection Room is designed to help deepen relationships between the caregiver and resident.

Sensory Circles are located at the ends of each neighborhood, designed to provide tactile experiences for residents as they stroll about. Familiar atmospheres are created such as beaches, aquariums, and certain textures to provide pleasant and stimulating experiences. The Sensory Circle can be visited daily by residents, family members, and staff.

Family Room
The Family Room, complete with a cozy hearth, is where groups gather for social events, such as a musical experiences, wine and cheese or informal coffee, or casual reminiscing.

Premier Leader: Inspirational Care

Research shows that in 2007, over 10 million Americans were caring for a person with dementia. The largest group was spouses, followed by children or children-in-law. 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. The Northwest Garden Building’s new Memory Care and Assisted Living Residences will be designed to do just that, offering a new pinnacle in the continuum of care available to Plymouth Harbor’s current and future residents.

Specifically, the care program for the Memory Care Residence will be based on the fundamental principles of the Positive Approach™ to Care (PAC) developed by Teepa Snow, an occupational therapist, dementia specialist, and educator. Designed to help residents continue to thrive in everyday living, PAC focuses on maintaining one’s dignity, encouraging individual capabilities, offering healthy choices, and providing a wide variety of cultural and intellectual options.

Educational Leadership
As part of our campus-wide readiness for the new residences, we have initiated several levels of PAC training for of our employees. Additionally, employees of the Memory Care Residence will receive enhanced PAC training, and specialty dementia-related training for life enrichment activities, dining, and wellness options.

We realize that a diagnosis of dementia affects all family members, not only the resident. Because of this, we plan to offer ongoing family support and one-on-one counseling through collaborations with nationally recognized leaders, as well as education and training for community members outside of the Plymouth Harbor campus. Our hope is to become a premier leader in education and training, at both the local and national level. Finally, we will host internationally-known speakers who will share information on the latest research and treatments being tested and offered throughout the world.

Inspirational Programming
Our programs will establish inspiring and fulfilling opportunities to spark a discovery or connection, reaching the passion, emotion, and enthusiasm within each resident. We will offer expressive arts and wellness programs that encourage our residents to connect and communicate throughout their journey; spiritual and faith-based programs to nourish the souls of our residents through this stage of life; intellectually stimulating programs that fulfill the need for human curiosity, while celebrating the skills and capabilities they spent their lifetime developing; and social opportunities to create community amongst our residents, families, and staff.

In expanding our care program, we hope to bring comfort and expertise to the community so that a diagnosis of dementia does not result in social isolation or unnecessary burdens. Through education and inspirational programming, we believe that we can help provide the tools and support needed for families to continue to have meaningful relationships and close friendships throughout their journey.

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