Retiring in Paradise: The Benefits of Calling Bradenton, FL Home

If you’re considering where to spend your retirement years, look no further than the sunny shores of Bradenton, Florida. As a popular destination for retirees, Bradenton offers the perfect combination of relaxation, amenities, activities and affordability. Making Bradenton your new home means enjoying the laid-back beach town atmosphere while having access to excellent healthcare, entertainment and services.

At the Westminster Point Pleasant senior living community, you can make the most of this tropical paradise. Our community is located right on the Manatee River, so you can watch the boats cruise by from our deck or take in the views during a stroll along the riverwalk. We’re just minutes from the white sand beaches of Anna Maria Island and Palma Sola Bay. Soak up the sun, feel the sea breeze in your hair and build sandcastles with your grandchildren when they come to visit.

In addition to its proximity to stunning natural beauty, Bradenton itself has a charming small town feel. It’s big enough to have all the amenities you need, but small enough to avoid heavy traffic and congestion. The friendly local community has a diverse population, with many activities and events happening year-round. There are local farmer’s markets, live music festivals, art walks and more to enjoy. 

Downtown Bradenton’s Old Main Street is home to unique shops, galleries and restaurants. Stop for lunch at one of the sidewalk cafes or check out the latest exhibit at the Village of the Arts, a community of local artists. Other attractions include the South Florida Museum, the Bishop Planetarium, Robinson Preserve nature area and the iconic DeSoto National Memorial.

Some of the many golf courses in the area include the Tara Golf and Country Club, River Strand Golf and Country Club, and Palm Aire Country Club. Test your skills on championship courses while taking in the lush scenery. Fishing charters depart daily from local marinas, allowing eager anglers to reel in trout, redfish, grouper and more. Kayaking and paddleboarding on the Manatee River are also excellent ways to get out on the water.

The Legacy Trail is a popular paved biking and walking trail running north and south through Bradenton. Extending 14 miles, it connects to the 36 mile Coast-to-Coast trail across central Florida. Walk, run or bike along the trail and experience Florida’s natural beauty.

In addition to outdoor activities, Bradenton also has plenty of shopping, dining and nightlife options. Ellenton Premium Outlets has name brand stores for less, while the Bradenton Riverwalk contains restaurants, bars and stores with a view of the river. After dinner, catch a show at the Manatee Performing Arts Center or see a concert at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. 

At Westminster Point Pleasant, you’ll be part of a vibrant senior living community located right on the riverfront. Our exclusive My W Life well-being program emphasizes healthy living through fitness, intellectual growth, social engagement and spiritual reflection. Stay active at our fitness center, walk the private nature trail or relax by the pool.

Our fitness center is equipped with strength training and cardio equipment to help you stay in shape. Or join a yoga, tai chi, or chair aerobics class tailored for seniors. Our instructors will motivate you to move and meet your fitness goals. When you need a break, our tranquil nature trail offers a peaceful walk along the riverfront. Birdwatch, rest on a bench, and enjoy this natural oasis.

Enjoy chef-prepared meals at our waterfront restaurant with friends and family. Our chefs use fresh, seasonal ingredients to create delicious dishes daily. With two beautiful dining venues, you’ll find a perfect meal every time.

Start your day with a delicious breakfast Buffet or relax with friends over Sunday Brunch. For lunch, enjoy a salad, sandwich or chef’s special with a view of the river. In the evening, join us for formal dining with menu options like prime rib, fresh seafood and handcrafted desserts. With flexible dining hours, restaurant-style menus and daily specials, you’ll look forward to every meal.

Our amenities also include 24-hour security, housekeeping, scheduled transportation, a library and computer center. The Health Resource Center provides resources and activities focused on your personal wellness. With maintenance-free living, you’ll have time to focus on staying active and involved in things you love.

Our 24-hour security team ensures you always feel safe and protected within the community. Let our housekeeping services take care of cleaning and laundry so you can spend time on what matters. Our scheduled transportation makes it easy to get around town, with regular trips for shopping, doctor appointments, religious services and more. 

Stay connected through our computer center and library. Access the internet, read the latest bestsellers, or borrow a DVD. Attend a book club, computer class or lecture to continue learning. Our Health Resource Center helps you stay mentally, physically and emotionally well through programs on chronic disease management, fall prevention, massage therapy and more.

In addition, Westminster Point Pleasant offers a full calendar of events and activities daily. Join a watercolor painting course, trivia night, live musical performance and more. Play billiards, join a card group, use the woodworking shop or garden in the courtyard. With fitness classes, social hours, games nights and group outings, boredom is never a concern. You can be as active and involved as you like.

The Westminster Point Pleasant community offers various housing options to fit your needs. Choose from spacious one and two-bedroom apartments or opt for a villa home with added privacy. All homes include senior-friendly details like walk-in showers, grab bars and emergency systems. 

Our apartments come in a variety of floor plans to match your lifestyle. Enjoy features like a full kitchen or kitchenette, ample closet space, an outdoor patio and weekly housekeeping. For those needing more space and privacy, our villa homes include two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a garage and enclosed outdoor living area. All homes are strategically designed with seniors in mind.

Experience resort-like senior living with services and amenities to make your life easier. We handle yard work, housekeeping, home maintenance and transportation so you can fully enjoy your retirement. With flexible meal plans, varied social activities and health programs, you’ll find everything you need within Westminster Point Pleasant.

Bradenton offers the very best of Florida living with a friendly small town feel. The year-round sunny weather, natural beauty and amenities like Westminster Point Pleasant make it an ideal place to call home during your retirement years. Relax by the water, enjoy chef-prepared meals, make new friends, and focus on your well-being when you join our senior living community. 

Ready to start your retirement journey? Contact Westminster Point Pleasant today to learn more about our senior living community and schedule a tour. Join our family and see why Bradenton is consistently ranked one of the best places to retire in Florida. Your active, carefree lifestyle awaits!

How you can stay in touch with family and friends after moving to a senior living community

Are you considering a move to a senior living community but worried about how you’ll keep in touch with family and friends? You’re not alone. Many future residents have the same concerns.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stay connected and keep in touch with the people you care about. From FaceTime to card nights to private dining parties, residents have plenty of options to stay connected with their loved ones.

In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the best ways to keep in touch with family and friends after moving to a senior living community.

Enjoy a video call to have a virtual visit with family or friends whenever you like

A virtual visit can help maintain ties even when residents and their friends are separated by thousands of miles. Modern technology for video calling like FaceTime makes visiting easier than ever. Video calls allow residents to enjoy a face-to-face conversation with family or friends anywhere in the world, from the comfort of their living room. No expensive travel required!

Residents can use FaceTime or video chat services like Skype, Google Hangouts and Zoom to stay in touch with those who matter most. Grandparents can share stories with grandchildren who live far away or have regular catch-ups with distant relatives. Video calling also makes it possible for to host a virtual event, like a game night or movie watch party.

Enjoy a card or board game night and mix the “old” and “new” friends

With many social connections in their current neighborhoods, the prospect of moving to a senior living community can be daunting for many older adults. Fortunately, there are plenty of in-person social opportunities at senior living communities — some of them more informal than others.
Many senior living communities have groups of residents who enjoy a night of card games or board games. Play poker, Clue, Settlers of Catan or whatever you prefer, and enjoy having social opportunities and good friends at your fingertips.

These social events offer a reason for residents to invite their friends and family members over for a night of fun and laughter. It also provides an informal setting for guests to meet other residents and engage in meaningful conversations.

For older adults who want to make sure they stay connected to their friends, one surefire way to make things more fun is to invite their “old” friends to meet the “new” at a game night. It can make for a memorable evening filled with laughter and good company — all while bonding deeper relationships with fellow residents at the same time.

Host a dinner party and let someone else do all the work

Dining is an important part of life at a senior living community. But a special event may call for having a few friends over for dinner, and who wants to do all the cooking and dishes?

That’s why many senior living communities offer residents a variety of catered dining options, to invite guests over for a special dinner party. A special menu developed with the Dining department makes it simple and convenient to plan an event. Enjoy a luxurious meal without lifting a finger!

Inviting friends and family over to experience their community is also great to help those who may be considering making the move themselves. Guests get an up-close look at the lifestyle offered at their friend’s new home. Private dining options allow potential new residents to get an idea of what life would be like for them.

From poker nights to private dinners, there are plenty of ways for residents of senior living communities to keep in touch with family and friends. To learn all about how additional socialization opportunities abound at a Westminster community, find the community that suits you today on our Web site!

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