Fun to be had at The Beacon
Volunteers interested in providing activities can contact Jeannie Thompson, The Beacon’s activities director.
“We invite anyone to participate by reading to residents in Memory Care, crafting, sharing travel photos and telling them about the places you’ve been or calling Bingo. Any age is welcome,” Hyde said. “Cheerleaders, gymnasts, pianists, guitarists, scientists, etc., come share your talents with seniors who may have been involved in the same activities when they were younger.”
The Beacon welcomed Stephanie Gorman as the new executive director in September of 2022 and she is loving the community, which she said feels like a family.
Stephanie has been an executive director for 20 years, specializing in senior living.
“I am new to Florida,” Stephanie said. “I am licensed in the state of New York, the state of Colorado and now Florida.”
Stephanie and her late grandma, who passed away 10 years ago, were very close, and that relationship ignited her zeal for seniors.
“I’ve always liked working with seniors and my grandmother… she was my absolute best friend in the entire world. I gained so much from that relationship,” she said.
“She just had so much wisdom, and I just really feel like if we take the time to stop and listen to our seniors, they have so many good things to tell us. They know so much,” Stephanie added. “And I just feel like doing this is a way for me to honor her and that relationship.”
Stephanie said that memory care is the top reason why people typically come to assisted living.
“They’re starting to become forgetful, they may need some extra care, but memory care has been something that’s always been near and dear to me.”
She frequently brings her Saint Bernard named Ali to work who went through Love on a Leash therapy dog training and service dog training. Stephanie says Ali knows exactly what to do and knows what the residents need.
“She will run to the double doors where the secured locks are because she wants to go back there to see her friends. She has a special place in her heart for our memory care residents, as do I,” Stephanie said.
Located off U.S. Highway 98, The Beacon assisted living community has capacity for 120 residents, and nurses are on staff to provide the best possible care 24 hours a day.
Exercise classes are offered several times a week. They host Cocktail Hour six days a week in the dining room. Anyone is welcome to stop by for cocktails, wine, beer or sodas.
At least twice a month, The Beacon does Beachside Drives with their residents to enjoy the scenic views. They usually stop by the ice cream shop on the way back.
Church services are offered every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for anyone who would like to worship and learn about God.
“Residents can do as much or as little as fits their lifestyle,” Hyde said.
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, a putting green, a salon and spa and restaurant- style dining. The Beacon wants to show their residents honor, respect and dignity.
The Beacon also has a 100% money back guarantee within 30 days of move in if your loved one decides that the community is not the right fit.
The Beacon gives tours daily and is open to visitors, even if the visitor doesn’t know a resident personally. The Beacon community loves making new friends.
For more information or to schedule a tour, contact The Beacon at 850-934-4306.
The Beacon at Gulf Breeze
4410 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Open for visitation, open for tours