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A TSOLife Recap of FSLA’s Annual Conference

The Florida Senior Living Association (FSLA) Conference wrapped up last Friday and we were lucky enough to be able to attend. As with some of the other conferences we’ve been to, there were elements that were unique, as well as a few things that were consistent from trade show to trade show. In this post we’ll recap some of our takeaways from the FSLA Conference including the Teepa Snow keynote and our CEO’s SilverTalk. Read More

Florida Senior Living Association Honors Senior Living Heroes

The Florida Senior Living Association (FSLA) presented a special set of awards during the 2019 Annual Senior Living Conference, held the week of July 15 in Ponte Vedra, Fla. at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.

Ali Wiggins, Director of Sales and Marketing for Guardian Pharmacy, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for her efforts to help her community in Marianna, Fla. after Hurricane Michael. She worked hard to bring attention to the devastation even after news outlets had moved on from the story. “We are no longer in the national news. We have been completely forgotten. But Michael is still among us,” she wrote in a Tallahassee Democrat column. She also participated in a special project initiated by Senator Marco Rubio to address the immediate need for funding in the Florida Panhandle. They were successful, and north Florida will now hopefully see more resources. Download the photo of President Melinda Skirvin and Ali Wiggins: https://floridaseniorliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ali-Wiggins.jpg

“We are so proud of Ali for her leadership and service to her community,” said Gail Matillo, President and CEO of FSLA. “Each of our award winners has brought something special to our profession, and we are honored to be able to recognize their excellence and dedication.”

The association also presented its annual Nauti Awards, named for the nautilus shell in FSLA’s logo. The symbol invokes the ocean surrounding the state as well as the Golden Ratio of proportional perfection which connects all living things. The awards honor members who provide quality work that inspires and energizes those around them. Download the photo of President Melinda Skirvin and Ali Wiggins: https://floridaseniorliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ali-Wiggins.jpg

The Caregiver of the Year Award was presented to Lupe Villareal, an employee of Villas at Sunset Bay, a Milestone Retirement Community. Villareal has been working in senior living since 1999, and residents at Villas at Sunset Bay describe her as dedicated, warm, organized and thorough. In addition to meeting the needs of the residents, she also acts as a mentor to other caregivers, frequently providing leadership and training to new staff. Download the photo of President Melinda Skirvin and  Lupe Villareal: https://floridaseniorliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Lupe-Villareal.jpg

Chad Carnes, District Director of Operations with Brookdale Senior Living, received the Employee of the Year Award. His attention to detail on state regulatory compliance, labor and budget reviews while simultaneously nurturing and caring for residents makes him truly unique. Carnes leads by example, working with a smile and a positive attitude and instilling confidence and leadership skills in staff and family members alike. His staff feels more capable, smarter and part of a team through his leadership. Download the photo of Vice Chair Shelley Esden and Chad Carnes: https://floridaseniorliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Chad-Carnes.jpg

This year’s Executive Director of the Year Award was presented to Veronica Yestrumskas of HarborChase of Coral Springs. Yestrumskas has been praised for her empathetic listening, and she often develops a partnership-style relationship with family members that encourages open dialogue and feedback. She is also innovative, recently launching evening activities as an additional life-enrichment program. In addition to her duties as executive director, she embraces a dual role as Director of Hospitality, lending a hand in culinary operations and community engagement and assisting a partner with resident care. Download the photo of Past Chair Gwen Thibault and Veronica Yestrumskas: https://floridaseniorliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Veronica-Yestrumskas.jpg

Megan Berhalter of Brookdale Phillippi Creek in Sarasota received the Sales and Marketing of the Year Award. Her executive Director, Kurt Greenlaw, accepted the award on her behalf and stated Berhalter is an expert at making residents feel right at home. When a family member is struggling to make a decision, she always works to find a positive solution for everyone. Download the photo of Vice Chair Shelley Esden and Kurt Greenlaw: https://floridaseniorliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Kurt-Greenlow.jpg

The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Mary Schneider of Symphony at Waterways, a Milestone Retirement Community. At 91, Mary has been volunteering six days a week for the past three years, coming in for at least five hours a day and often longer. Her devotion and sense of humor are her signature characteristics, and she does whatever needs to be done, including playing table games with residents who have memory issues, sewing tablecloths for special holiday celebrations, and creating beautiful flower arrangements for the dining room each week. Download the photo of President Melinda Skirvin, Mary Schneider and Vice Chair Shelley Esden: https://floridaseniorliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Mary-Schneider.jpg

FSLA Senior Living Conference EXTRA: Visiting Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Beach and the surrounding areas are full of exciting adventures, opportunities to kick back and relax, and much more!

Make your visit to St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach even more affordable with these free attractions and events. From admission to national parks (and a FORT!) to free concerts, there’s something for everyone! Read more.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the restaurants in the area, but don’t take our word for it – there’s something for every palate. Read more.

It’s literally never a dull moment on Florida’s Historic Coast. Learn more about the area and plan out your free time. And best of all, ENJOY!

FSLA Senior Living Conference EXTRA: Dining in Ponte Vedra Beach

We want you to enjoy your time on Florida’s Historic Coast, and that means enjoying amazing food! We asked locals to recommend the best places to eat in the area for your information.

Sawgrass Marriott

Alice & Pete’s Pub
904.285.7777
1000 PGA TOUR Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open for Lunch & Dinner
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American Gator Club
904.285.7777
1000 PGA TOUR Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
** Open Seasonally **
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Vernon’s
904.285.7777
1000 PGA TOUR Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open for Breakfast & Dinner
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TPC Clubhouse

Nineteen
904.280.7677
110 Championship Way
Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
Open 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
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Sawgrass Village

Aqua Grill
904.285.3017
395 Front Street
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 11:30 AM – 2AM
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Caffé Andiamo
904.280.2299
500 Sawgrass Village Drive
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
11 AM – 10:30 PM
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Metro Diner
904-513.8422
340 Front Street
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 6:30 AM – 8 PM
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Nona Blue
904.834.7549
325 Front Street
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 12 AM
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Trasca & Co Eatery
904.395.3989
155 Tourside Dr. Suite 1500
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 9 PM
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Ponte Vedra Beach

Al’s Pizza
904.543.1494
635 A1A North
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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Barbara Jean’s
904.280.7522
15 South Roscoe Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Open 11 AM – 9 PM
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Kamiya 86
904.285.2188
2 Fairfield Boulevard, #8
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 2:30 PM, 4:30 – 9:30 PM
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Lulu’s Waterfront Grille
904.285.0139
301 Roscoe Boulevard North
Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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Palm Valley Fish Camp
904.285.3200
299 Roscoe Blvd North
Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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Poppy’s Italiano
904.273.7272
832-1 A1A North
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 9 PM
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Pusser’s Bar and Grille
904.280.7766
816 A1A North #100
Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 12 AM
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Restaurant Medure
904.543.3797
818 A1A North
Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
Open 4 PM – 12 AM
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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
904.285.0014
814 A1A North, Suite 103
Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
Open 5 PM – 10 PM
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Valley Smoke BBQ
904.285.3235
11 S. Roscoe Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 3082
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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3 Palms Grille
904.686.2128
254 Alta Mar Drive
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 9 PM
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Jacksonville Beach

Bonefish Grill
904.247.4234
2400 South 3rd Street
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Open 4 PM – 10:30 PM
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Eleven South
904.241.1112
216 11th Avenue South
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Open 11 AM – 11 PM
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Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails
904.998.9744
4972 Big Island Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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P.F. Chang’s
904.641.3392
10281 Midtown Parkway, #137
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 10:30 PM
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Roy’s Restaurant
904.241.7697
2400-101 South 3rd Street
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Open 4 PM – 10 PM
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Salt Life Food Shack
904.372.4456
1018 3rd Street North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Open 11 AM – 11 PM
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Taco Lu
904.249.8226
1183 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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Atlantic/Neptune Beach

The Flying Iguana
904.853.5680
207 Atlantic Blvd.
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
Open 11 AM – 12 AM
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Hawkers Asian Street Fare
904.425.1025
241 Atlantic Blvd
Neptune Beach,FL 32266
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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North Beach Fish Camp
904.249.3474
100 1st Street,
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
Open 11 AM – 4 PM
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RagTime Tavern, Seafood & Grille
904.241.7877
207 Atlantic Blvd
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Open 11 AM – 12 AM
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Sliders Seafood Grill/Oyster Bar
904.246.0881
218 1st Street
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
Open 11 AM – 9:30 PM
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St. Johns Town Center

Bahama Breeze
904.646.1031
10205 Rivercoast Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 12 AM
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Brio Tuscan Grille
904.807.9960
4910 Big Island Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11:30 AM – 10 PM
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Cantina Laredo
904.997.6110
10282 Bistro Street
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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The Capital Grille
904.997.9233
5197 Big Island Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11: 30 AM – 10 PM
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The Cheesecake Factory
904.998.9511
10260 Midtown Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 11 PM
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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
904.559.4999
4850 Big Island Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 9:30 PM
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Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
904.512.7300
4784 Town Center Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 2PM, 5 – 10PM
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J. Alexander’s Restaurant
904.996.7147
10296 Bistro Street
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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Seasons 52
904.645.5252
5096 Big Island Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 11 PM
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Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse
904.997.6528
10206 River Coast Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5 – 10 PM
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Harbor Retirement Associates Receive Top Marks at Culinary Cook Off Competition

VERO BEACH, Fla. – April 25, 2019 – Harbor Retirement Associates (HRA), a senior living development and management company based in Vero Beach, announces that two of its Chefs, Anthony Polito and Ke’o Velasquez, recently received top marks at the first ever culinary competition during the 2019 Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference & Expo. The conference was held from April 15 to April 17 in San Antonio, Texas. Chef Polito is currently the Director of Hospitality for the new HarborChase of Dr. Phillips in Orlando and is no stranger to earning accolades in culinary arts winning last year’s culinary competition at the Argentum conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Chef Velasquez is currently the Director of Hospitality at HarborChase of the Park Cities in Dallas, Texas.

“We’re thrilled that two of our culinary powerhouses made such a significant impression at this friendly competition during the Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference,” said Kim Lewis, Chief Operating Officer of Harbor Retirement Associates. “Their amazing dish is a perfect example of the exciting and creative cuisine we proudly serve to our residents and their guests. With a strong focus on delivering the best in hospitality, our culinary team is dedicated to both surprising and delighting our diners.”

In the cooking competition, Polito and Velasquez received the highest total points against competitors from five other senior living organizations. The HRA team received perfect scores in three out of four categories: “Taste,” “Creativity,” and “Plating.” For their winning dish, they prepared “Guajillo Chili-Rubbed Wagyu Beef Brisket with a Mole Verde, Fire-Roasted Poblano Pepper and Texas Pecan-Horseradish Cheddar Cheese Tamale and Pickled Calabacita Slaw.”

“By integrating seasonal and regional ingredients with contemporary cooking and plating techniques, Chefs Anthony and Ke’o represent the modern era of culinary arts in our industry,” said Christopher Thompson, Vice President of Hospitality at HRA. “It is this approach that will shift the dynamics of culinary artistry and hospitality in senior living and redefine the industry for years to come. As a company, we are thrilled to be recognized as leaders in hospitality and creating an exceptional culinary experience for our residents.”

HRA as an organization is focused on providing exceptional dining and hospitality for its residents and guests. The organization currently operates 35 communities, with 6 under development. Typical HRA community features include full-service dining, housekeeping and laundry services, scheduled transportation and a dedicated staff of associates available 24 hours a day. All communities feature the exclusive Chef’s Fare Dining program with customized dining experiences in multiple restaurants. All communities also offer HRA’s award-winning Life Enrichment program, designed to provide social, devotional, fitness and recreational opportunities that have a positive impact on residents.

For more information on HRA, visit www.HRASeniorliving.com.

About Harbor Retirement Associates

Harbor Retirement Associates (“HRA”) is a regional senior living development and management company, focused primarily on Assisted Living and Memory Care communities, but also engaged in the development and operations of Independent Living and Skilled Nursing communities. HRA operates 35 communities in 9 states and is partnering on the construction of 8 more communities in 5 additional states. HRA manages over $150 million in revenue and approximately $1 billion in assets while employing 2,500 associates.

 

Join us for Legislative Days at the Capitol in 2018

Florida Senior Living Association’s Legislative Advocacy Days is a great opportunity to learn the legislative process as well as to educate legislators about the effect of current proposed legislation on senior living in Florida. You will receive CEs for this event while networking with fellow executive directors, the FSLA Board, industry partners, and some of Florida’s key legislators. We encourage you to join us January 22 -23, 2018 for this event and share your knowledge and passion. Help us shape the future of senior living! Registration information coming soon.

Click http://conta.cc/2iEghu8 for more information.

Political Committee Call to Action

The 2018 Florida Legislative Session is expected to be challenging and hectic considering the slew of emergency preparedness bills in addition to the normal bills we see that that could have a huge impact on senior living.

Since the 2018 session starts on January 9, the Florida Senior Living Association / Florida Argentum has started meeting with various legislators to express our concerns about bills being filed that would create additional regulations and costs for providers without substantial improvements for residents. In addition, we will be proactively working with the Legislature to develop meaningful emergency preparedness legislation that will clarify the conflicting and confusing regulations proposed by AHCA.

Raising funds for Florida’s Senior Living Political Committee (FSL PC) is critical to educating legislators and other key leaders about the complex issues facing senior living communities. FSL PC strengthens relationships with legislators by distributing funds to candidates who will help advance our advocacy agenda and support senior living issues of great concern and significant importance to our membership.

Additionally, supporting legislators who can effectively represent our best interests, especially in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s devastation and the rush to create new policies to address preparedness and resident safety is of utmost importance.

As many of you know, timing is everything. To make a significant impact before the beginning of the 2018 Legislative Session, we are seeking to raise $60,000. We are nearly one-third of the way there, and Argentum’s PAC has committed to matching donations made through December 15, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 to double the impact of whatever you contribute.

Argentum President & CEO James Balda is encouraging all senior living providers to step up and support FSL PC, saying “This is a critical moment for our industry to educate lawmakers and back those that put the lives and safety of our residents above scoring political points. Florida is ground zero for emergency preparedness in the industry and the rest of the states will look to Florida for guidance going forward. What happens in Florida will have consequences across the country. That is why I am pleased to use Argentum’s Silver PAC to match dollar for dollar, up to $25,000, to support FSL PC. I encourage your company to contribute before December 15 so Florida Argentum has the resources needed to advocate for our industry at this crucial time.”

Can we count on your corporation and communities to help us continue to protect Florida’s senior living communities, and thousands of jobs by contributing to Florida’s Senior Living Political Committee?

Our future depends on your financial support. Thank you for your contribution.

Warm regards,


David Nussbaum
Florida Senior Living PC Chair

Contribution Pledge

FSLA PC is a political action committee established under the laws of the State of Florida. FSLA PC Committee will make contributions to political candidates, political organizations, and to political parties who demonstrate their commitment to our principles and support of the association’s mission and vision.

 

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New Name, New Mission

We’re excited to announce an important change at FL Argentum. As of today, we will be known as the Florida Senior Living Association. This name change will better reflect what we do and the people we serve throughout the state.

Our mission is to serve professionally managed communities that provide choice, dignity, independence and quality of life for seniors. We will continue to advocate for and promote quality environments for seniors and the communities and workforces that serve them.

We are proud to represent you, our members, before the Florida Legislature, Governor’s Executive Agencies, and other state and local entities where senior living policy is decided. Moving forward, we are thrilled to continue offering our members high-level continuing education, a state-of-the-art conference and responsive support on a number of issues affecting this profession.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, like us on Facebook or visit our LinkedIn page . From all of us here at the Florida Senior Living Association, thank you for your membership and support!