Diedre Reis is the new executive director of The Beacon.
She took the position at the end of May and brings a wealth of experience to her new position.
Reis formerly worked at Homestead Village in Pensacola for 14 years, including the last 10 as an administrator.
She also has experience as a nurse, having been in that position for 28 years, and she is looking forward to her new role here at the assisted-living facility located off Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze.
“The residents that live here are my top priority and my approach here is to be part of the team, leading by example and not asking anyone to do something I wouldn’t do,” Reis said.
Reis has faced some challenges right out of the gate, dealing with some challenges that rattled the trust the community has in it, but she is gradually turning things around.
“The Beacon owes an apology to the community because of problems in the past. The bottom line is I can’t go back and fix that problem, but I can move forward and make sure the same mistakes aren’t made. I want to do my due diligence to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” Reis said. “We have some challenges to overcome and my intention is to do that. I want to re-establish our relationship with the community. I plan to face each challenge and rise above them. I feel like I have a lot to offer.”
Reis has stayed busy in the few weeks she has been at The Beacon and has gotten to know both the staff and the residents. She loves interacting with the residents because of her background as a nurse in long-term care.
She wants to be able to do more to educate the public on Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, hosting events to do so, and her plan is to host a family night at some point to fully introduce herself to the public.
“I feel like we have the capabilities to be great in every aspect of assisted living and memory care and that is what we are going to aspire to be,” Reis said.
The facility has a capacity of 120 residents and 10 nurses are on staff to provide the best possible care 24 hours a day.
The Beacon offers spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes, private baths and courtyard views. Personalized security response systems are available to residents as are physical therapy and exercise programs.
Other amenities include card rooms, a movie theater and a salon and spa.
The Beacon also offers restaurant-style dining three times a day, and a wellness team is available to residents in which the staff works with residents, the family and medical professionals to develop customized- care programs.
A day stay and guest stay program are also offered by The Beacon. The program provides a safe and secure place for a loved one to be if a primary caregiver needs time to take of his or her own personal needs for a few hours or just to get a well-deserved vacation.
One of the other options offered by The Beacon is memory care, which is a specialized area of assisted living. Patients dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia receive care beyond what traditional assisted- living facilities are able to provide. The memory care program addresses the needs of the whole person.
Concierge service is available as well for scheduling medical appointments, activities, family visits and for accommodating other needs of the residents.
The Beacon staff is all about providing peace of mind to families knowing their loved ones will be taken care of and the staff will treat them as if they were their own family members. We work together as a team to promote, respect, dignity and independence for all residents.
For more information or to schedule a tour, contact The Beacon at 850-934-4306.
at Gulf Breeze
4410 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563