Courtenay Springs Village to host panel on housing options


Courtenay Springs Village on Merritt Island is located near Kennedy Space Center and Cocoa Beach.

Courtenay of Springs Village

Courtenay Springs Village will hold an informational panel to discuss the different housing options for seniors.

The Merritt Island facility will host the panel discussion on resources for seniors aging in place at 2 p.m. Oct. 24.

Debbie Williams, Courtenay Springs Village’s director of marketing, said the event is free and open to the public.

“We invite all residents and their families to come,” she said. “We want people to know the difference between independent living vs. assisted living.”

Independent living is similar to assisted living, though seniors don’t require daily care and assistance. Residents within an independent living community are typically able to perform everyday tasks, such as preparing meals or cleaning their home, though the facility might offer these services as needed.

The panel will address various topics, including assisted living, independent living, long-term care, hospice care and skilled rehabilitation and therapy.

Some of the panelists scheduled to attend include:

• One Senior Place, Lisa Conway, vice president of care services. She will discuss One Senior Place as a senior resource center for the community that offers 30-minute consultations to help connect individuals to the resources they need. She also will discuss the different levels of in-home care available, including the One Senior Place Care Management Program.

• Kindred at Home, Julie Reilly, home health specialist. Reilly will discuss their Skilled Home Health Services that are available, including nursing services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work and home health aide visits.

• Hospice of St. Francis, Dr. John Brodnan, pulmonologist and medical staff member. He will discuss how hospice and palliative care can help individuals with advanced or life-threatening illnesses focus on their quality of life while continuing to age in the place they call their home.

• Courtenay Springs Village, Shonda Brandon, rehabilitation director. Brandon will discuss the rehabilitation and therapy service provided to individuals in Courtenay Springs Village Skilled Nursing Facility.

• Courtenay Springs Village, Debbie Williams, director of marketing, and Anna Smith, community outreach coordinator. They will discuss what independent senior living means and entails.

Courtenay Springs Village is centrally located on the Space Coast of Florida. Its location offers spectacular intracoastal water views, an outdoor heated swimming pool, tropical gardens, a lighted shuffleboard court, a gym with exercise classes, a spacious library with cozy reading nooks and a home theater.

Courtenay Springs Village is located near the Kennedy Space Center, National Wildlife Refuge and the world famous Cocoa Beach. They also are near Cocoa Village, which is full of places to shop and restaurants.

According to its website, Courtenay Springs Village’s mission is to provide housing options for older adults in an environment that enhances their quality of life physically, mentally and spiritually.

The Retirement Housing Foundation is one of the nation’s largest non-profit providers of housing and services for older adults, persons with disabilities, and low-income families. Courtenay Springs Village is a member of the RHF community, offering affordable living options and services to older adults.

Courtenay Springs Village is located at 1200 South Courtenay Parkway on Merritt Island.

For more information about Courtenay Springs Village, call 321-452-1233 or go to