The history of the Florida Presbyterian Homes buildings was originally written by Penelope Pinson and George Laird Hunt with support from the rest of the History Committee at that time. The articles were in various Lake Hunter Heralds in 2005 in preparation for the 50th Anniversary of Florida Presbyterian Homes.
Residents and future residents have been hearing about the bungalow court concept for a long time now and we appreciate your patience as we work through the construction process. It has taken a lot longer than we anticipated! Here’s a brief recap of what’s been going on “behind the scenes” and where we are now…
The Rev. Dr. Robert Ward, resident of Florida Presbyterian Homes Porter McGrath Health Center, baptized his great-granddaughter Peyton in a Sunday Chapel service wearing his doctoral robe. His family from all around the country was there. His son, Rev. Dr. Bob Ward, assisted his father in the baptism. The staff worked hard to get him ready, in his clerical robe, in a wheelchair. The rehab team provided a “sling” to help him sit up straight to do the baptism. Bob is a very large man who has grown frail due to a stroke and it took a tremendous amount of effort and coordination to make this event happen, and it was done with excitement and love! “It was the most moving service I have ever been to,” said The Rev. Dr. Barbara Booth-Jarmon, full time pastor at Florida Presbyterian Homes.
Although Bob’s physical presence is deteriorating, his mind and memory are sharp! It meant the world to him and his wife to be part of this special moment in their family’s lives.
The Jan. 7 meeting with the City of Lakeland’s Community Development department did not go as well as we had hoped. We requested changes to our south PUD (planned unit development) to allow for demolition of one duplex and an addition of a two-story 20-bed expansion to existing Porter McGrath Health Center (our skilled nursing) and 54 space parking lot be classified as a minor modification. Unfortunately, the needed changes to proceed with this project will be classified as a major modification. What is the difference? Two to three months of additional meetings and reviews. With tight guidelines from the state in which construction must start by February 2016, this was a disappointment to say the least.
Part of the CON (certificate of need) process includes submitting letters of support and recommendation for the Porter McGrath expansion project. Over the years our administrators and directors have formed great relationships within the industry and the local community. Thanks to these strong relationships, we were able to provide an amazing collection of letters recommending that our CON be approved. Read the letters for yourself!
Residents and their families enjoyed treasured time together without the hassle and fuss of preparing a big dinner thanks to the great dining staff at Florida Presbyterian Homes.
Why Would a CCRC Want to Move Toward HCBS?
There are many reasons why a CCRC might want to begin offering home and community-based services. This move could help you: Read rest the rest of the story on the LeadingAge website.
Check out this market research report by aging services experts Love & Co. They conducted phone surveys with potential residents and current residents to explore their attitudes and opinions about utilizing the new community / wellness center.
FPH is so very pleased to share that we received a Livable Polk Award from the Polk County Board of County Commissioners during the recent Polk Vision annual meeting at Polk State College. We received the Judges’ Choice Award for sustainable development for utilizing universal design renovations at one of our lakefront cottages. Each time we renovate a house or apartment on campus, we try to incorporate as many aging in place / universal design upgrades as we can. Congratulations to the construction, maintenance, sales and housekeeping teams for the work that they do listening to our customers and making our homes elder friendly.