The Beacon, assisted living at its finest

There is nearly ‘no room at the inn’ this season with The Beacon assisted-living community almost at full capacity. However, The Beacon is always taking new applicants for their waiting list.
The Beacon of Gulf Breeze is a great option for anyone looking for a quality assisted-living community to call home.
Located right off Highway 98, The Beacon has capacity for 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. Concierge service is available as well for scheduling medical appointments, activities, family visits and for accommodating other needs of the residents.
The Beacon is under the direction of Jordan Cook, who was named the executive director at the beginning of 2019.
Cook didn’t always plan to manage an assisted living community at the age of 32. As an undergrad he majored in sports medicine and then went on to get his master’s degree in exercise science with an emphasis in cardiology.
He worked at Andrews Institute for four years and then in sales. Then, he decided to try something new when his father-in-law asked him to come on board at the assisted living community he was working at. The rest is history.
Cook says the mission statement at The Beacon is “Together, we are making a difference in the lives of those whose honor it is to serve.”
That means that each resident played a role in paving the way for the younger generations to be where they are. The Beacon desires to show their residents honor, respect and dignity and preserve as much as they can.
One of the other options offered by The Beacon is memory care, which is a specialized area of assisted living. Residents 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.
In January, The Beacon is starting a new program called ALLE Learning, which promotes the idea that you’re never too old to continue learning. This program will help retain memory and keep the residents’ brains active.
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 honor them as if they were their own family members.
Residents are told when they move in, “This is not to replace your home. I can’t recreate your 50 years of memories, everything that you’ve created within the brick walls that you called home,” Cook said. “But it is to honor and serve you, preserve your dignity, respect you and to provide you a safe place where your family and you know that you’re getting quality care.”
For more information or to schedule a tour, contact The Beacon at 850-934-4306.

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4410 Gulf Breeze Parkway

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