When you think of Gainesville and Alachua County, so many great things come to mind. First and foremost, the University of Florida and Gator sports, Paynes Prairie, Devils’ Millhopper, and performing arts just to name a few. But what many may not know is what a unique area Alachua County is to retire to with great amenities available as well as top notch 55+ and assisted living communities.
Santa Fe College offers community education classes for a low fee and offers a state-of-the-art, 17,000 square foot Senior Recreation Center (SRC) and activity center offering a comprehensive array of programs and services to meet the diverse needs of both younger Baby Boomers, and older seniors in our community. The SRC benefits include access to the following types of programs and activities: lifelong learning and education, health and wellness, social nutritional, recreational, arts and cultural activities, and much more. The facility also houses a library, game room, and computer lab. All you need is to sign up for your FREE membership to the SRC.
Looking for a retirement community without all the traffic, hustle and bustle of a busy neighborhood and most importantly, a peaceful location to call home? Alachua County has an abundance of communities to suit your every desire. From independent living to assisted living there are several adult communities with a variety of options.
Brookdale communities offer living solutions for seniors who require some day-to-day assistance with personal needs and those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of Dementia who need additional care. It’s an intimate, single-story building designed and built to provide comfort, beauty and privacy, with private apartments, charming, home-like community settings and areas for socializing, dining and entertaining.
Integral to life at Brookdale are the programs, outings and opportunities for residents to engage physically, socially and with purpose. Their philosophy incorporates resident’s individual interests, as well as opportunities that allow them to make meaningful contributions to each other and to the community, if they so desire.
Harbor Chase communities offer assisted living, skilled nursing and their acclaimed memory care program. With comfortable apartments, elegant dining rooms and friendly community spaces, you’ll feel comfortable calling Harbor Chase home. They offer a wide choice of activities, classes and clubs every day. Enjoy painting, wood crafts and a little friendly competition at the card table. If there is something you enjoy that isn’t currently on the schedule, they’ll help you get it going. Frequent outings to cultural centers, historic locations, and even shopping and dining out to make each day as full as could be wished.
Oak Hammock at the University of Florida
Oak Hammock at the University of Florida is no ordinary retirement community. Not even close. They have totally reinvented the concept by creating an innovative Life Fulfilling Community® for the 21st century where the focus is on lifelong learning, fitness and health. The setting is a picturesque, resort-style environment enhanced by intellectual stimulation and interesting neighbors energized by their unique affiliation with the University of Florida. Because of this affiliation, they are traditionally known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), but they are also known as a University Based Retirement Community (UBRC). As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, or UBRC, they offer a maintenance free lifestyle with independent homes and apartments, but if you should ever need it, they do offer assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care.
Plantation Oaks assisted living community is situated on 5 acres in a beautiful country setting in High Springs, and brings the charm, grace and style of the Old South back to life! They offer Southern Living at its best, with all the comfort, elegance and gentility that residents so richly deserve. Courtesy and comfort are their highest priority. A variety of senior living lifestyle options allow you to spend less time taking care of things, and more time enjoying life. Their gracious community provides Assisted Living, Short-Term & Senior Day Care, and Memory Care.
Residents enjoy spacious private and companion apartments, fine dining, personalized services and a wide selection of activities that reflects their interests. Their approach allows their residents to live as independently as possible.
Whether you’re looking for independent living, assisted living or memory support, The Village offers the ideal retirement lifestyle. Residents benefit from world-class health care, recreational activities, cultural events and more while enjoying a historically rich, relaxing community. The Village offers a luxurious clubhouse, delicious dining, and a beautiful 104-acre campus. Take in the sights as you stroll along the hiking trails, or enjoy a dip in the hot tub or one of two heated swimming pools. If you’re feeling a little more active, enjoy a game of tennis or maybe a little time on the putting green or bocce court.
Looking for social events? The Village also has a comprehensive activities calendar which provides tons to do on campus and off. With aerobics classes, pool tournaments, gardening and other events around the community, including theater nights, bowling trips and theme park excursions, there is never a moment to be bored.
Turkey Creek Forest
If you’re looking for more of a private, residential community, Turkey Creek Forest may be exactly what you’re looking for. Turkey Creek Forest is a well-established, secure residential village of 445 privately owned homes on 80, beautifully landscaped acres. Turkey Creek Forest is one of the premier 55+ communities of North Central Florida.
Nestled in tall pines and ancient native hardwood trees, the beautiful clubhouse is host to elegant parties and a lively offering of community activities and features a complete kitchen, a game room with pool tables, darts and game tables. The large arts and crafts room houses an extensive library. The lush, landscaped grounds include a large, sparkling 25,000 gallon, solar heated pool, two shaded tennis courts, shuffle board courts and a horseshoe pit.
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