2018-02-01 / Features

Stay a day or longer at The Beacon

By Pam Brannon

(850) 816-0833 | 4410 GULF BREEZE PKWY | GULF BREEZE

The Beacon in Gulf Breeze offers so much more than many assisted living communities. One important difference is the Extended Congregate Care license (ECC) which allows residents to age in place through end of life. They also have a Memory Care wing.

The Beacon also offers unique restaurant-style dining, with table cloths and a menu on each table. Other amenities include a movie theater with popcorn, a full service hair salon and a therapy gym on-site. Residents can also have their pets live with them.

The 37-room Memory Care wing is currently being remodeled and will soon be called The Landing, with beautiful new furniture, new wall paper and new colors. Under the ECC license, residents have 24/7 nursing care. And if there comes a time when Hospice is needed, The Beacon also offer those services.

The Beacon also offers Day Stays for $15 an hour and overnight Respite Care for an additional cost. ‘We have one lady that joins us here three days every week,” explains Becky McCaa, Marketing Director for The Beacon. “She comes in and uses the services of the salon, visits with friends, has her meals here and takes part in any activities going on. Then she goes back home in the late afternoon. Everybody looks forward to seeing her each week.”

McCaa says if families and caregivers need a little break from taking care of their loved ones, the Day Stay program helps. If the caregivers need to leave town overnight for a day or an extended period of time, the Respite program gives them confidence that their loved ones are being taken care of round the clock in a safe environment.

Some people in the 70-room assisted living community drive, while others need help getting around or use wheel chairs, so The Beacon offers transportation for outings, including Lunch Bunch, doctor appointments, shopping days and special events. They also offer transportation to the Pensacola VA for doctors’ appointments.

There are also services on-site offered by area churches four times a week.

Because of the Extended Congregate Care license, if residents are hospitalized, they can return directly to their homes at The Beacon and be followed, according to their doctor’s orders, by the nurses and staff. A resident can receive physical or occupational therapy in house – which not every assisted living home offers. Every resident who lives at The Beacon is given a medical alert device when they move in, which helps staff 24/7 know if anyone needs help quickly

Volunteers are welcome at The Beacon to help with in-house activities like arts and crafts or Bingo, or for excursions on days out. Please contact the activities director if you are interested.

If you would like a tour, please contact Becky McCaa at (850) 934-4306. Tours are offered weekdays, weekends and evenings at your convenience.

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