“We are big on wellness with a guided approach to quality of life and living your best life,” says Brittney Fielden, the community relations director. “We have amenities and programming for an active senior community,” she says. There is a heated pool, exercise programming, art classes, a salon and spa, an herb garden that is loved by residents and the culinary team, board games and a bridge club, plus organized excursions, which are starting to ramp up now that COVID-19 vaccinations are available and restrictions have loosened. They are planning an upcoming drive-through safari tour at Wild Florida Wildlife Park. Watercrest also has three main dining areas, including a pizza bar, a bistro cafe with a wine bar for casual fare, and the W Room for more formal dining. Fielden says the main event every day is happy hour, which starts daily at 3:30 p.m. The residents are very social and love to get together.
St. Patrick’s Day was a big all-day celebration with green beer, corned beef and hash, soda bread and plenty of festive fun. Watercrest makes a big effort to celebrate holidays, birthdays and life events with their residents. One resident was recently feted with a drive-by parade and a TV news interview for her 100th birthday. “As much as routine is important, it’s also important to incorporate spontaneity into their lives too,” says Fielden.
They offer 75 assisted living apartments and 32 memory care apartments. The memory care residents have their own specially designed “neighborhood” called the Market Square with specialty care plus tailored daily programming including art, music, and pet therapy to name a few.