Senior citizens zoom into wellness at Gulf Coast Village’s Eighth Annual Wellness Expo on March 30

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Gulf Coast Village, a continuing care retirement community in Cape Coral, invites the public to join a day of fun and fitness at its Eighth Annual Wellness Expo on Wednesday, March 30 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Village Auditorium. The theme of this year’s event is a “Zumba – Move to the Music,” which will feature a variety of vendors, glow party entertainment, group exercise Zumba demonstrations with residents and employees, and a special skit for guests to enjoy.

“Fitness is key to maintaining independence and functionality as we age, and our team at Gulf Coast Village encourages the community to come together to raise awareness of the need for exercise as our bodies mature,” said Melissa Wallace, wellness director at Gulf Coast Village. “The ‘glow party’ theme of this year’s event is a great occasion to focus on fitness in a fun and friendly atmosphere, and is also a great, pressure-free opportunity for adults who are searching for a senior living community to visit the property and enjoy an afternoon socializing with current residents.”

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 and is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a provider of professional long-term care including assisted living, home health care and nursing home care.

Gulf Coast Village’s Amy Hoffmann Schenk and Elizabeth Perez-Vasquez earn designation as Certified Dementia Practitioners

Gulf Coast Village, a continuing care retirement community in Cape Coral, has announced that two of its employees, Amy Hoffmann Schenk and Elizabeth Perez-Vasquez, have earned designations as Certified Dementia Practitioners. Schenk and Perez-Vasquez received their certifications from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, a worldwide leader in dementia education and certification for health care professionals. This designation is representative of Schenk and Perez-Vasquez’s comprehensive knowledge in the area of dementia care.

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Schenk is a registered nurse with over 20 years senior leadership experience in a variety of health care settings. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, she has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science and Education in Public Health from the University of Toledo. She has experience at the regional vice president level in the areas of outpatient wound care management, hemodialysis as well as home care. At Gulf Coast Village, Schenk is the director of quality improvement, working with the clinical team in all areas of quality management, including effectively reducing 30 day re-hospitalization rates, and also provides dementia education through her role with the organization.

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Originally from Homestead, Florida, Perez-Vazquez is a Licensed Practical Nurse of 14 years. Her areas of expertise include leadership skills in skilled nursing as an assistant administrator, a wound care nurse and as a MDS 3.0 coordinator. Perez-Vazquez is both IV certified and CORE certified, and is actively advancing her education in nursing at Florida SouthWestern State College, where she is pursuing a degree as a registered nurse. Perez-Vazquez has been employed with Gulf Coast Village for two years, and is currently serving as the unit coordinator in the Assisted Living Memory Support unit.

“Schenk and Perez-Vasquez are two great examples of health care professionals that are dedicated to providing the highest level care for individuals with dementia and demonstrate Gulf Coast Village’s commitment to continually enhancing care benefits and quality of life for all residents within our community,” said Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of Gulf Coast Village. “We are proud of our team members’ commitment to furthering their educations, and look forward to seeing how their increased knowledge and skills will benefit the health care services provided to Gulf Coast Village residents.”

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 and is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a provider of professional long-term care including assisted living, home health care and nursing home care.

Gulf Coast Village’s Jennifer Cohen earns Keiser University’s Outstanding Fieldwork Educator Award

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Certified occupational therapist assistant (COTA) Jennifer Cohen of Gulf Coast Village, a continuing care retirement community in Cape Coral, was recently awarded the Outstanding Fieldwork Educator Award from Keiser University during the university’s Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assisting (ASOTA) pinning and graduation ceremony. The award was presented to Cohen in recognition of her efforts to provide fieldwork education for health care students of Keiser University.

“We are proud of Cohen and her continued commitment to preparing students to excel in the field of health care,” said Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of Gulf Coast Village. “Her skills make a positive impact within our Gulf Coast Village community, and in the lives of future health care professionals as well.”

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 and is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a provider of professional long-term care including assisted living, home health care and nursing home care.

Gulf Coast Village hires Jill Waruszewski as administrator for home care services

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Gulf Coast Village has welcomed Jill Waruszewski as the new administrator for home care services for the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral. With 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Waruszewski will now oversee all areas related to private duty Home Care by Gulf Coast Village. These services include personalized in-home services, and the ER Companion and Safe Return programs that provide support to seniors while in the emergency room and offer assistance and other caregiving services upon returning from the hospital.

Waruszewski earned her master’s degree in Social Work from Florida Gulf Coast University. She began her career serving as a hands on caregiver for children with intellectual disabilities, and has since worked in a variety of healthcare-related fields, including social work in a skilled nursing home and private practice at a neuropsychiatric office, and has also worked as a home health administrator and in other management positions including director of business and development for an in-home senior care provider.

“We are excited to welcome Waruszewski to the Gulf Coast Village family,” said Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of Gulf Coast Village. “Her wide range of experience in the healthcare industry will prove to be an asset for our organization, and we know that the valued members of the Home Care by Gulf Coast Village program will benefit greatly from her presence and service.”

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 and is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a provider of professional long-term care including assisted living, home health care and nursing home care.

Gulf Coast Village partners with Lee Physician Group for medical director leadership

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Gulf Coast Village has appointed Dr. Vasyl Kasiyan with Lee Physician Group to serve as Gulf Coast Village’s new medical director. As part of a new agreement with Lee Physician Group, Dr. Kasiyan now provides Medical Director Leadership to Gulf Coast Village, overseeing the organization’s delivery of quality patient care, including staff education and care management to help ensure a safe and caring environment for residents.

“The addition of Dr. Kasiyan to our team represents our ongoing collaborative healthcare partnership with Lee Memorial Health System to provide the most consistent care, transition from acute to post-acute care,” said Kevin Ahmadi, executive director, Gulf Coast Village. “We can’t find a better partner than Dr. Kasiyan and Lee Physicians Group to lead us through this next phase in healthcare and to ensure we are one accountable healthcare community committed to providing the highest quality of care.”

Dr. Kasiyan is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine and is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Directors Association and the American Geriatric Society.  His area of expertise is dementia, Alzheimer’s and other types of memory loss, as well as end-of-life and palliative care, anxiety, depression and complex chronic conditions.

In addition to Dr. Kasiyan, residents also receive on-site care from nurse practitioner Nicole Longton, ARNP-C, a Gulf Coast Village nurse, a board-certified advanced registered nurse practitioner.  Longton is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Florida Nursing Association and the Southern Gulf Coast Nurse Practitioner Council with expertise in acute illness, preventative medicine, health maintenance and chronic medical care.

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 and is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a provider of professional long-term care including assisted living, home health care and nursing home care.

Gulf Coast Village welcomes Karyn Katz as new director of marketing and sales

GCVI_LogoGulf Coast Village has hired Karyn Katz as director of marketing and sales for the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral. Katz has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and sales for senior living and hospice companies and has worked for a variety of well-known senior-living communities in this capacity.

Katz received her degree from Drexel University through the school’s Hahnemann University Hospital program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Upon graduating, Katz began working as a therapist in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities before she entered the sales and marketing field for senior-living communities. Having been a resident of Florida for more than 30 years, Katz has recently moved to the Cape Coral area from Lighthouse Point, Florida.

“Katz has a wide variety of experience in the marketing and sales fields and we know that her expertise will prove to be extremely valuable for our community,” said Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of Gulf Coast Village. “We are looking forward to all that she will accomplish in this position, and we are excited to see how her knowledge of the senior-living industry will benefit the residents at Gulf Coast Village.”

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 and is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a provider of professional long-term care including assisted living, home health care and nursing home care.

Gulf Coast Village launches the first phase in a three-phase redevelopment project with a new assisted living and memory care center in Cape Coral

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A new assisted living and memory care center is coming to Southwest Florida, part of a three-phase redevelopment project at Gulf Coast Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral. Gulf Coast Village has started construction of Palmview, a state-of-the-art, 130,980-square-foot assisted living and memory care support residence located next to the existing Gulf Coast Village campus at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd. in Cape Coral. The expansion of Gulf Coast Village will add 34 new assisted living and 24 memory support residences. The project is financed through a $79 million bond and is the first of a three-phase health care redevelopment project at the continuing care community that also includes the addition of 20 nursing suites and the conversion of existing semi-private nursing suites to private suites with shared baths, providing a total of 79 private suites.

Inspired from the natural elements of the Florida coastline, the new assisted living and memory care residences at Gulf Coast Village is designed as a place where residents can discover a mix of engaging opportunities, encouraging an active lifestyle and enriching their daily experience.

Inside the property, botanical fabrics in a warm and inviting color palette blend with vibrant accents reminiscent of the ocean. White painted millwork, rich wood tones, and a blown glass art installation establish the feel of a relaxed seaside resort. Six distinctive dining venues assist in wayfinding and create variety throughout the community. A general store, coffee bars, and other retro details bring nostalgia as well as opportunities for new memories to be made by residents. In addition, multi-use spaces throughout the property lend flexibility, evolving over time to meet the needs of the community as it grows. Around the perimeter, large porches and lanais offer casual settings for residents and their families, while expansive courtyards provide safe spaces to explore.

Executive Director Kevin Ahmadi stated, “The groundbreaking of our new assisted living and memory care residence at Gulf Coast Village marks the beginning of an exciting three phase redevelopment project expanding our community to meet the growing needs of seniors. “Palmview will provide improved access to healthcare services as well as all of the amenities and lifestyle choices desired. Our hope is this will be a place where their needs and cares are met, so they can focus on friends, family and the activities they enjoy most.”

Construction began in August 2015 and is scheduled to open in March 2017. AG Architecture of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin is the architectural firm and LECESSE Construction Services headquartered in West Henrietta, New York is the contractor.

For more information, visit GulfCoastVillageExpansion.com.

 

Gulf Coast Village appoints new assistant director of nursing, Kimberly Roth

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Gulf Coast Village has promoted Kimberly Roth, R.N. to assistant director of nursing for its Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral. Roth brings more than 19 years of experience working in the field of post-acute healthcare and possesses extensive knowledge in the Minimum Data Set (MDS) process as well as Quality Improvement and Risk Management.

“Roth has continued to demonstrate her dedication to Gulf Coast Village and its residents through her commitment to building strong relationships with those affiliated with our organization, including residents, staff, guests and family members,” said Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of Gulf Coast Village. “We value her knowledge of the healthcare industry and impressive leadership abilities, and we are looking forward to seeing how she will continue to succeed in her new role at Gulf Coast Village.”

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 and is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a provider of professional long-term care including assisted living, home health care and nursing home care.

Gulf Coast Village promotes Debbie Wheeler to director of nursing

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Gulf Coast Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, has promoted Debbie Wheeler, R.N. to director of nursing for the organization.

Wheeler has 23 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with previous involvement in hospital, home health and skilled nursing settings. Wheeler has worked with Gulf Coast Village for more than 11 years as a floor nurse, unit coordinator, Minimum Data Set (MDS) coordinator and assistant director of nursing.

“Wheeler has been a huge asset to Gulf Coast Village and continually demonstrates her dedication to providing excellent care to our residents,” said Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of Gulf Coast Village. “Her experience and leadership skills have played a significant role in fulfilling the mission and vision of Gulf Coast Village and we are looking forward to her continued involvement within our organization.”

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Gulf Coast Village and Volunteers of America commission new minister, Bob Inkenbrandt

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Gulf Coast Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, and its sponsoring organization, Volunteers of America, have welcomed Bob Inkenbrandt to his new role as minister for the organizations.

Inkenbrandt joined Gulf Coast Village as music director in 2012, became assistant minister to Rev. Tom Hafer in 2014 and was recently commissioned this year. Inkenbrandt has continued to direct the music for Gulf Coast Village’s Sunday worship services and enjoys providing care to residents and employees. He is currently working to receive his ordination.

“We are honored to commission Inkenbrandt to act as minister for our organization,” said Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of Gulf Coast Village. “He has spent many years working with the residents and employees of Gulf Coast Village and we are looking forward to seeing how his continued role in their lives will positively affect our community.”

Inkenbrandt has been a professional musician for more than four decades, performing in secular settings in addition to his experience as music minister for Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and other non-denominational churches. Inkenbrandt has former military experience and served in the Army during the Vietnam War. His connection to the military has been passed along to his children, with a son and two daughters who have served in the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 and is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a provider of professional long-term care including assisted living, home health care and nursing home care.