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TROPICAL STORM NICOLE

Tuesday, November 8, 5pm

Hurricane conditions have been forecasted to impact portions of the coast of southeast and east-central Florida beginning late Wednesday or Wednesday night. Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to bring significant wind, rain, and storm surge impacts to the region. While it is too soon to determine the exact magnitude and location of these impacts, our primary goal is to help ensure the ongoing safety of our residents. At this time, there are no calls for evacuations. The plan for our communities is to shelter in place.

We are monitoring the storm and have a detailed emergency preparedness plan in place to try and address all aspects of an emergency. Please refer to our Emergency Response page for updates regarding the status of the storm and/or communities.

HURRICANE IAN

Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to everyone affected by the devastation of Hurricane Ian.  This historic storm is a humble reminder of the power mother nature wields.   We wish to share that we have fully swung our doors wide open to assist those displaced or in need.  We are currently in contact with communities affected by this Hurricane to offer support and services.  If you or someone you know is in need of a senior safe haven, please contact any member of our community-based team and we will immediately assist.  We continue to add every resource available to help serve those that we can. 

At Inspirit we are fortunate to have all 5 campuses fully returned to normal operations without issue or damage.  This is in a great part thanks to the tireless works and heroism of our teams, and for the trust that every senior and family member placed in Inspirit.  We thank each of you for this incredible and unmatched show of unwavering support.  In times of tragedy the greatest honor is the opportunity to protect and support those within your care.   It is this honor and effort that shined bright in the face of Hurricane Ian that saw us through to this day.  Each campus readied every effort for the potential of every eventuality, and when the time came defended every soul with every ounce of preparation and energy one could.  It is the sum total of all of these efforts seen and unseen which we wish to acknowledge as they made this moment of thanks possible.  We thank you for your incredible strength, trust, love, and support.

Friday, September 30th 2022

All Florida Communities are back to normal operations and are open to visitors. We thank you for your continued support and cooperation. 

1:00PM Thursday, September 29th 2022

The toll of Hurricane Ian’s damage across the State of Florida has been devastating, and we know that it will take some time for these communities to regain a sense of normalcy.

Following our preliminary community assessments below are updates from your communities Executive Director.

The Collier at Naples, Naples FL– The community has lost power; however, the generator is working, and residents are enjoying activities and meals as normal. Due to The Collier’s structure and topography, the building sustained no damage and is in pre-hurricane condition despite what you might be seeing on the news in surrounding areas. Phone lines and internet are down in Collier County; however, the community can make outgoing calls.

The Landmark, Tampa FL– The community is currently up and running with power and internet. The building sustained no damage and is in pre-hurricane condition. Residents are enjoying activities and meals as normal.

The Willows, Oxford FL– The community is currently up and running with power and internet. The building sustained no damage and is in pre-hurricane condition. Residents are enjoying activities and meals as normal.

The Reserve at Citrus, Lecanto FL– The community is currently up and running with power and internet. The building sustained no damage and is in pre-hurricane condition. Residents are enjoying activities and meals as normal.

The Pointe, St. Petersburg FL – The Community sustained no damage and is running on full power. The community has been cleared for residents to return and our teams are actively prepping the building for your loved one’s return. Residents are scheduled to depart their host community at 7:00am Friday September 30th and are expected to return sometime before noon. 

Please stay alert as we will continue to provide updates.  We hope that we were able to answer all your questions and please do not hesitate to reach out to your Executive Director or our Hurricane Ian Response line for additional information. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Hurricane Ian Response Line – (703)815-5800 ext. 1008

9:00AM Wednesday, September 28th 2022

Hurricane Ian has strengthened to a category four hurricane overnight and is expected to make landfall in the coming hours. All of our Florida communities are well prepared with boarded windows, sandbags, and ready-to-deploy generators. We have done everything we can to ensure the safety of our residents and staff, and are honored to be entrusted with caring for your loved ones.

Communication may decrease or pause as the storm makes landfall. Please stay alert as we will continue to update you following the storm. Thank you, and for those families sheltering in place, we wish you all safety and security throughout the storm.

Inspirit Strong

9:00AM Tuesday, September 27th 2022

Hurricane Ian is expected to strengthen to a category 4 hurricane and is tracking toward the St Petersburg area with impacts expected by the middle of the week. Regardless of Ian’s exact track and intensity, there is a risk of dangerous storm surge, and hurricane force winds.

Our primary goal is the ongoing safety of our residents. After much consideration we have decided to proceed with a full evacuation of The Pointe’s Residents and designated staff. While no situation is 100%, due to the property’s elevation and the significant risk of storm surge flooding we are making the decision under guidance of the County to evacuate to our sister Community, The Willows, located in Oxford Florida.

At this time, there are no calls for evacuations for any of our other Florida communities (The Collier, The Landmark, The Willows & The Reserve at Citrus). The plan for these communities is to shelter in place.

We are monitoring the storm and have a detailed emergency preparedness plan in place to try and address all aspects of an emergency situation. Our communities are equipped with water, food, onsite or ready-to-deploy generators, and supplies, including an adequate supply of necessary medical equipment and supplies to care for residents. For details on our shelter in place plans. Please refer to our Sheltering in Place Emergency Preparedness Plan located on the right side of our Emergency Preparedness page.

Shelter in place: https://inspiritseniorliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Sheltering-in-place.pdf

Evacuation Process:

Departure – In addition to our community vehicles, we have contracted bus transportation which are scheduled to begin evacuating Residents and Staff at 2:00pm Tuesday September 27th. If you have pre-arranged to take your loved one home with you for the storm, please plan to pick up your loved one no later than 10:00am Tuesday September 27th.

Residents may take only one medium sized suitcase of which our community staff have assisted preparing for them to include supplies that will last them for up to seventy-two hours. Each Resident has been equipped with an emergency go bag containing the following items:

  1. Two (2) towels and two (2) wash cloths
  2. Three to five (3-5) sets of comfortable clothes (shorts, shirts, slacks, etc.)
  3. Three to five (3-5How l) pair of undergarments or incontinence supplies (if resident is not enrolled in personal solutions plan)
  4. Three to five (3-5) pairs of socks
  5. Comfortable shoes
  6. Two (pair) of pajamas
  7. One (1) toothbrush and toothpaste
  8. One travel size basic toiletry including shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, deodorant, denture cleaner, razor and shaving cream if applicable.
  9. One (1) comb or hairbrush
  10. Hearing aids, and hearing aids batteries (if applicable)
  11. Glow sticks and/or mini flashlight with batteries
  12.  An updated Medications List (if not receiving medication’s assistance from our staff).

Upon evacuation, the Executive Director or Designee will perform an apartment check to make sure no one remains in the Community. Accurate records will be kept of each residents assigned bus and departure/arrival time.  The Scheduled duration of the trip is roughly an hour and a half but is subject to take longer in the event of traffic. The Pointe’s Executive Director or Designee will notify you of your loved ones safe arrival to the host community by telephone as soon as possible.

Arrival – Upon arrival, the Willows will welcome your loved one with open arms. Residents and Staff of The Pointe will be greeted with a light snack and refreshments while getting checked and escorted to their accommodations. As far as accommodation, the Willows will assign up to three residents to any vacant rooms in their community. Each Resident of The Pointe will be provided with an air mattress, a sheet set, pillow, and blankets. Although we recognize this is not the accommodation, they are used to our goal to make sure that our residents are comfortable, have a place to rest, make sure they are fed good and that they get their necessary medications and continued care.

About Our Host Community:

The Willows is located in Lecanto Florida well above sea level and any potential impacts to Flooding. The Willows is a sister community that offers both assisted living and memory care residences Evacuating to a sister community is most ideal as we have the same rules, the same goals, and the same supplies. The Executive Director and Staff at the Willows have been notified of our arrival and excited to welcome us with open arms to their community. The Willows is equipped with ample water, food, an onsite ready-to-deploy generator, and goods, including an adequate supply of necessary medical equipment and supplies to care for all the Pointe’s Residents and Staff. In addition to the essentials residents of The Pointe will enjoy their host community’s regular activity programing and routine schedules to minimize anxiety and ensure residents are keeping entertained and busy. We will continue to update you throughout the evacuation process via email and/or our Emergency Notification Network. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Executive Director or our host community’s Executive Director is also available to answer any questions you may have.

Address: 4725 Bellwether Ln, Oxford, FL 34484

Executive Director: Pam Campbell

Mobile: 352-430-0076

Phone: 352-430-0076

Web: https://inspiritseniorliving.com/thewillows

Returning Home to The Pointe:

Our return date to The Pointe Community is not certain as of yet and will depend on both the condition of the building and the States reopening of major roads and highways. Prior to the residents return to The Pointe, the Maintenance Director will be responsible for contacting appropriate resources that will ascertain structural integrity of the building and will assure that it is safe for residents return.  This information will be conveyed to the Executive Director who is responsible for coordinating the return of the residents to the community. Please be aware that in the event the community has sustained damages it may take some time for your loved ones to return home. In the event of an extended stay the Willows will continue to provide accommodations for our community as needed. That being said, the Willows will be open for family visitation once the storm passes, in the event of an extended stay you are welcome to visit your loved one at the Willows community.

Additional Questions:

  1. Does my loved one have to evacuate, with the community?
    1. Upon move-in to your community all residents & families were asked if in the event of an emergency whether you would like to take your loved one home for the storm or whether or not your loved one would be evacuating with the community. At this time if you have not pre-arranged to pick up your loved one, we will assume they will be evacuating with the community.
  2. What is the best form of communication at the host community?
    1. Your Executive Director will maintain in constant communication with you and send regular updates throughout the evacuation order.
  3. How long will my loved one stay at their Host Community/Return home?
    1. The Pointe is scheduled to depart The Tuesday September 27th at 2:00pm. Prior to the residents return to the community, the Maintenance Director will be responsible for contacting appropriate resources that will ascertain structural integrity of the building and will assure that it is safe for residents return. Please be aware that in the event the community has sustained damages it may take some time for your loved ones to return home. In the event of an extended stay the Willows will continue to provide accommodations for our community as needed.
  4. How will my loved one get to their Host community?
    1. All communities have established bus transportation and will evacuate both Residents and designated Staff.
  5. Where will my loved one sleep?
    1. The Pointe’s Residents will sleep in vacant suites at The Willows community. Suites at the Willows range from 350-900 square feet. There are enough vacant rooms at our host community to accommodate three residents per room. Each resident will be provided with an air mattress, sheet sets, a pillow and blankets.
  6. Are there enough Supplies?
    1. Absolutely, The Pointe is ready and prepared with enough supplies for up to seventy-two hours for all residents and staff in addition to the supplies ready and available at our host community.
  7. Is there any additional cost with evacuating?
    1. No, there will be no additional charges to evacuate. The only additional charges that may incur would be any necessary supplies purchased for your loved ones go bags.
  8. Can my loved one bring their pet?
    1. Of course! The Willows is pet friendly community and have made the necessary accommodation for your loved one’s pets during the storm.

We hope that we were able to answer all of your questions and please do not hesitate to reach out for additional information. Thank you for your support and cooperation in assisting us as we strive to ensure our residents and our staff are protected and prepared over the course of the next week.

12:00pm Monday, September 26th 2022

Tropical Storm Ian is projected to strengthen into a major hurricane and impacts to the West coast of Florida’s Panhandles is expected by the middle of the week. Regardless of Ian’s exact track and intensity, there is a high risk of dangerous storm surge, hurricane force winds, and heavy rainfall in the area.  
 
Our primary goal is the ongoing safety of our residents. Due to the significant risk of storm surge flooding, we are notifying you in advance of the possibility for a planned evacuation at our St Petersburg (The Pointe) Community. While no situation is 100%, we are making the decision in advance of the County. 
 
In the event of a full evacuation, we have established bus transportation and will evacuate residents and designated staff to our host community where they will continue to receive our full service and care.
 

If you are in the position to, we highly recommend exercising the option to take your loved one home during the storm. When you come to the community and sign out your loved one, we will provide you with all necessary medications, medical supplies, and other items you may require while providing for their continued care. Evacuating a facility is a very daunting task that requires a lot of coordination and cooperation. Therefore, please reach out to your community no later than Today, Monday September 26th if you would prefer to take your loved one home for this planned evacuation.

At this time, there are no calls for evacuations for any other of our Florida communities (The Collier at Naples, The landmark, The Willows & The Reserve at Citrus). The plan for these communities is to shelter in place.

We are monitoring the storm and have a detailed emergency preparedness plan in place to try and address all aspects of an emergency situation. Our communities are equipped with water, food, onsite or ready-to-deploy generators, and supplies, including an adequate supply of necessary medical equipment and supplies to care for residents. For details on our shelter in place plans. Please refer to our Sheltering in Place Emergency Preparedness Plan located on the right side of our Emergency Preparedness page.

Shelter in place: https://inspiritseniorliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Sheltering-in-place.pdf

Thank you for your support and cooperation in assisting us as we strive to ensure our residents and our staff are protected and prepared over the course of the next week.  We will provide an update on evacuation plans later this evening as the storm progresses.

9:00am Sunday, September 25th 2022

Tropical Storm Ian is expected to strengthen to a hurricane and is tracking toward parts of the Florida peninsula with impacts expected by the middle of the week. Regardless of Ian’s exact track and intensity, there is a risk of dangerous storm surge, hurricane force winds, and heavy rainfall along the west coast of Florida and Florida Panhandle. 

Our primary goal is to help ensure the ongoing safety of our residents. At this time, there are no calls for evacuations. The plan for our communities is to shelter in place. 

We are monitoring the storm and have a detailed emergency preparedness plan in place to try and address all aspects of an emergency situation. Our communities are equipped with water, food, onsite or ready-to-deploy generators, and supplies, including an adequate supply of necessary medical equipment and supplies to care for residents. 

We are taking appropriate actions to keep them safe throughout the storm and will be following the guidance and direction of authorities when it comes to potential evacuations. 

In the event of a full evacuation, the communities have established bus transportation and will evacuate both Residents and appointed Staff to their designated host community. Your community’s Executive Director will provide their evacuation plans to you via email and/or Emergency Communication Network if a full evacuation is initiated. Each Resident has been equipped with an emergency go bag containing the following items: 

  1. Two (2) towels and two (2) wash cloths 
  2. Three to five (3-5) sets of comfortable clothes (shorts, shirts, slacks, etc.) 
  3. Three to five (3-5) pair of undergarments or incontinence supplies (if resident is not enrolled in personal solutions plan) 
  4. Three to five (3-5) pairs of socks 
  5. Comfortable shoes 
  6. Two (pair) of pajamas 
  7. One (1) toothbrush and toothpaste 
  8. One travel size basic toiletry including shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, deodorant, denture cleaner, razor and shaving cream if applicable. 
  9. One (1) comb or hairbrush  
  10. Hearing aids, and hearing aids batteries (if applicable) 
  11. Glow sticks and/or mini flashlight with batteries 
  12.  An updated Medications List (if not receiving medication’s assistance from our staff).  

Please refer to this page for updates regarding the status of the storm and/or communities.

9:00am Saturday, September 24th 2022

A hurricane has been forecasted to impact parts of the Florida peninsula, or even off Florida’s Atlantic coast. as early as Tuesday. The storm is expected to bring significant wind, rain and storm surge impacts to the region. While it is too soon to determine the exact magnitude and location of these impacts, our primary goal is to help ensure the ongoing safety of our residents. At this time, there are no calls for evacuations. The plan for our communities is to shelter in place. 

Upon move-in to our Florida communities, all residents & families were asked if in the event of an emergency situation whether or not your loved one would be sheltering in place or evacuating with their community. If you desire to change that decision from your initial choice, please contact the Executive Director to have the record updated. 

Staying Informed: 

In the event that a Tropical Storm or Hurricane threatens your loved one’s community please stay alert to emergency messaging from your community’s Executive Director. The Executive Director will send regular updates to resident families, and the possibility of evacuations via email and/or an emergency notification network. You can also visit the Inspirit Emergency Preparedness page for the latest information regarding storm updates and community plans and procedures.

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