The Beacon keeps families connected

Times have been challenging for all assisted living communities, with doors being forced to shut to visitors, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our entire goal encompasses a mission to deliver a high energy and exciting community that thrives on visitors,” said Jordan Cook, executive director of the Beacon. “We have done our best with FaceTime or other video platforms to connect families, “window” visits, and other creative ways to connect loved ones together.”
The Beacon is finding creative ways to play bingo or have live music while practicing social distancing and creating a safe environment for their residents.
“There have been a multitude of activities for our residents during this time. Our activities team, Jeannie and Tamara, have been rock stars during this time. They go around room-to-room providing drinks and special goodies, they provide manicures, or assist them with family video calls,” Cook said.
The Beacon of Gulf Breeze is the perfect option for anyone looking for a quality assisted-living community to call home.
Set back on Gulf Breeze Parkway, The Beacon has capacity for 120 residents, and 10 licensed 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, a putting green and a salon and spa.
The family and community support during this trying time has been fantastic.
“It never fails that when you need love and support, those around you answer that call. That is exactly what our families have done here at the Beacon,” Cook said. “We have had snacks, pizza, barbecue and masks all donated to us by those that believe in our purpose, which is to protect our greatest generation during this challenging time.”
Several family members routinely come to the windows and talk with their loved ones, Cook says. They also write beautiful cards and provide them their favorite candies.
The mission statement at The Beacon is “Together, we are making a difference in the lives of those whose honor it is to serve.”
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.
“It never fails that when we face a death, a hardship or anything that can create division in a community, the Beacon comes together and operates as a complete family unit,” Cook added. “Without a doubt, our employees care for each individual here – including each other.”
Residents are told when they move in, “This is not to replace your home. I can’t recreate your 50 years of memories, everything 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.”
Cook and the team at The Beacon are very excited to return to normal, “but figuring out what normal will be is always the question. I am primarily excited to see all our families again. The best part of any community, is a building full of smiles and laughter provided by the families.”
The Beacon plans to have a “Grand Reopening” party when things calm back down, and they have a date of reopening for visitors. Stay tuned for updates when the date will be.

For more information or to schedule a tour when the doors open again, contact The Beacon at 850-934-4306.

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