Why Waterman Village?

The following are just a few of the reasons why people researching communities across Florida, have chosen to make Waterman Village in Mount Dora, FL, their retirement community destination of choice:

  1. ranking of Mount Dora, FL, as the#1 small town in Florida and #4 in the nation, to retire to.
  2. The nursing home component, The Edgewater, being a FIVE STAR rated facility, by the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid services.
  3. Waterman Village is a not-for-profit organization.  It's locally owned and operated.  Nor is it managed by an 'off-site' management company.  Waterman Village is the only community like this in Lake County, FL, that offers independent living, assisted living, and a nursing care facility all on the same site.  The community does not have to budget extra income, in order to meet the income goals set forth by owners, corporations, investors, or management companies.
  4. The Brain Wellness Academy for Seniors
  5. Family and friends are more excited and eager to visit them, because there are so many unique things to see and do in Mount Dora. For more information, visit www.WhatToDoInMountDora.com
  6. The outpatient rehabilitation physical therapy clinic right on campus.
  7. Waterman Village is conveniently located close just about everything, which is extremely important as one ages. The community is less than one mile from an Urgent Care Center (open 7 days a week), Publix, Walgreens (walking distance), a dry cleaner (walking distance), car wash, CVS drug store/pharmacy, Firestone Auto Care, several insurance agencies, the Mount Dora Library, dentists' offices, physicians' offices, two veterinarian clinics, attorneys' offices, Lowe's Home Improvement and Ace Hardware stores, Mount Dora Police and Fire, several churches and a synagogue, Chrysler/Dodge dealer, Quest Lab., numerous banks (Chase, SunTrust, United Southern, First National, BBT, & Bank of America), and a variety of restaurants. It's just over one mile from the Mount Dora Center for the Arts, downtown Mount Dora, Ice House Theatre, Lakeside Inn, Hampton Inn, Ford and Buick dealers, Mount Dora Country Club, and a health food store. And, it's only a few miles from the highly regarded Florida Hospital Waterman. Having all these places nearby, helps residents stay independent longer (do things on their own), stay active longer (engaged in the local community), and often enables them to drive longer.
  8. 24/7 staffed/gated entry, as well as on-campus security 24/7, providing a greater sense of safety and security.
  9. The freedom to move out.  At some continuing-care retirement communities, residents may have to pay entrance fees of several hundred thousands of dollars, with no refund provisions after just a few years of residency. There are legitimate times where a resident who moves into this type of community, needs or desires to move out for one reason or another.  Knowing they would not receive any of their entrance fee monies back, can leave them feeling trapped, discouraged, and remorseful.
  10. Community agreement type.  According to a report by the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), the average continuing care retirement community (CCRC) independent living resident, will live in the CCRC's skilled nursing facility section for only 9 months.  Therefore, the average person is financially better off not paying a $100,000 - $300,000+ non-refundable entry fee, just so they can receive a discount (if any), on a potentially brief stay in the community's skilled nursing facility.
  11. The large skilled nursing (120 beds) and assisted living (78 apartments) facilities, greatly increasing the chance that space will be available if needed.  Some retirement communities have much smaller facilities.
  12. Location away from a Florida coast (no direct hurricane hit).  Higher elevation makes WV less susceptible to flooding.
  13. The dining experience, citing food quality, choice, quantity, and cost.
  14. Waterman Village has more independent living activity staff to keep your calendar full.  We employ two full-time activity/social directors, a full-time brain fitness coordinator, and a full and part-time personal fitness trainer.
  15. Waterman Villages' offering of independent living, assisted living, and nursing care ALL on the same campus Residents have prepared planned their own futures . . . . minimizing the need for others having to make difficult and often complex decisions FOR them, in the future.
  16. The "Home for Life Intention".  It's Waterman Village's goal that residents be able to remain at Waterman, even if they should happen to run out of funds due to no fault of their own.
  17. Waterman offers complimentary transportation both on campus (to and from entertainment, activities, dining facilities) and off campus (to and from shopping, local services, and medical appointments in Leesburg, Mount Dora, Eustis, Tavares, St. Patrick's church, etc.).
  18. Florida Hospital, which is located nearby, accepts traditional medicare with medicare supplemental insurance, as well as certain top rated Medicare Advantage plans. 
  19. Residents pay no Florida state income tax.
  20. The Waterman campus offers spacious and safe walking areas, day or night.  Residents can also make the short, pleasant walk to vibrant downtown Mount Dora day or night.
  21. The active Wellness Center programming and facilities.
  22. The short, easy drive between Waterman Village and Eustis, Tavares, and Leesburg makes visiting family and friends convenient and pleasant.
  23. The full service Waterman Village home care agency is located right on the campus.  This service has enabled many independent living residents to stay in their homes longer, as well as avoid a move to assisted living or nursing care altogether.  Home care employees are tested/checked, providing additional peace of mind.
  24. The CVS at Waterman Village pharmacy, is located right on campus and offers free delivery.
  25. Attractive, mature, tree-lined, beautiful, shaded streets.  A 'neighborhood' feel. 
  26. The full-service dental office within walking or golf carting distance.
  27. The full-service physicians clinic located within walking/golf carting distance
  28. The Garden of Life Fellowship Hall (chapel) and Chapel Fellowship church congregation.
  29. The active Mount Dora Senior Club

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Waterman is the perfect place for me!! I’ve highly recommended it to all my friends and they’re moving here, one by one. I’ve found so much in common with all the residents and enjoy meeting all of them. I can’t praise the staff enough. They’re almost mind readers. I am truly fortunate to have access to the golf carts, cars and buses.
-Juanita HildebrantOhio