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Why it’s wise, and worth the wait, to move to either ‘The Oaks’ or ‘Lakeside’ Retirement Community, at Waterman Village in Mount Dora, Florida

Below, are just a few of the reasons why people researching retirement communities across Florida and the U.S., have chosen to make one of Waterman Village’s full-service, multi-level, progressive living retirement communities, their current or future home.  Meet Pat & Jack.

  1. USA today ranking of Mount Dora, FL, as the#1 small town in Florida and #4 in the nation to retire to.

  2. Waterman Village’s reputation as Florida’s ‘TOTAL’ retirement living campus.  Everything one needs to age independently, conveniently, and healthfully.
  3. The Edgewater Health & Rehabilitation center’s FIVE STAR rating, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services. One of the highest rated skilled nursing centers in Central Florida.  It’s located right on the campus of The Oaks Retirement Community at Waterman Village.

  4. The beautiful, like new, highly rated Bridgewater assisted living residence, located on the campus of the Oaks Retirement Community at Waterman Village.
  5. Waterman Village is a not-for-profit organization, with 30 years of operational experience.  It’s locally owned and operated.  The majority of senior living communities are either managed by an ‘off-site’ management company, owned by a group of investors, or owned by a ‘corporate chain’.  Waterman Village does not have to budget extra income, in order to meet the income requirements set forth by these other entities, and has the local autonomy to make operational decisions.

  6. The ‘Brain Wellness Academy for Seniors’, to help one stay mentally fit.

  7. Family and friends are more excited and more interested in visiting them, because there are so many fun and unique things to see and do in Mount Dora. For more information, visit

  8. The outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy clinic located right on the Waterman Village campus, should a doctor order therapy.

  9. Waterman Village’s ideal ‘location’ close just about everything, which is extremely important as one ages. Less than 1/4 mile from Publix (delivers), Walgreens (walking distance), a dry cleaner (walking distance), car wash, auto care, insurance agencies, library, dental offices, physician offices, veterinary clinics, attorney offices, and hardware stores. About one mile from Mount Dora Police and Fire, several churches and a synagogue, auto dealerships, Quest Lab., numerous banks (Chase, SunTrust, United Southern, First National, BBT, & Bank of America), and a variety of wonderful restaurants. It’s just over one mile from the Mount Dora Center for the Arts, downtown Mount Dora, Ice House Theater, Lakeside Inn, Hampton Inn, the Country Club of Mount Dora, and a health food store. And, it’s only a few miles from the highly regarded Advent Health Hospital and the new VA Clinic. Having all these places nearby, helps residents stay independent (do things on their own) and active (stay engaged in the local community), longer throughout life.

  10. 24/7 staffed/gated entry, as well as on-campus security 24/7.  

  11. Entry fee options that offer high refund provisions for life! This gives residents the personal freedom to move out of Waterman Village (ex. move closer to a family member) in the future, without having to feel saddened or guilty about having to forfeit/lose such a large sum of entry fee money that was previously paid.

  12. The Edgewater Health & Rehab. center having 120 beds, minimizing the chances of an independent living resident having to go somewhere else, should short or long-term care be necessary.

  13. Mount Dora’s location away from a Florida coast (no direct hurricane hit).  The higher elevation of Mount Dora and Waterman Village, makes it much less susceptible to flooding.

  14. The three, and soon to be six, dining venues; citing food quality, choice, quantity, and cost. Visitors often tell us that Waterman Village’s overall dining experience is TOPS, after having visited and researched several different retirement communities.

  15. The high number of independent living activity staff. The Oaks currently employs two full-time activity/social directors for independent living, a full-time brain fitness coordinator, and two personal fitness trainers.  Lakeside will employ additional activity and wellness staff as well.

  16. 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 potentially difficult and often complex decisions ‘FOR them’, in the future.  

  17. The home for life intention.  It’s Waterman Village’s goal, that residents be able to remain at Waterman, and not have to change residences, even if they should happen to run out of funds due to no fault of their own.

  18. The complimentary transportation both on and off campus (to and from shopping, local services, medical appointments in Leesburg, Mount Dora, Eustis, Tavares, and St. Patrick’s Church).

  19. The spacious and safe walking areas, day or night.  

  20. The vibrant/active Wellness Center and activity programming.

  21. The Waterman Home Care agency’s location right on campus. Important for ‘continuity of care’ and medical record info. coordination.  This service has enabled many independent living residents to stay in their homes longer, as well as avoid moves to assisted living and/or nursing care altogether.  Home care employees are drug tested and background checked, providing additional peace of mind.

  22. The CVS Pharmacy at Waterman Village, located right on campus. Convenient. Home delivery. Actually ‘get-to-know’ your pharmacist.

  23. The Oaks’ attractive, mature, tree-lined, beautiful, shaded streets.  A ‘neighborhood’ feel. 

  24. The full-service dental offices located within walking or golf cart distance.

  25. The on-site banking facilities at The Oaks.
  26. The full-service physician clinics located within walking or golf cart distance (same day and weekend appointments available).

  27. The complimentary golf and pickle ball membership at the nearby Country Club of Mount Dora.
  28. The Alan Jones Garden of Life Fellowship Hall (chapel) and Chapel Fellowship church congregation. Three Chaplains on staff.

  29. The ‘comfortable/homey/friendly’ feel, that Waterman Village uniquely offers.  You have to experience it to feel it.

  30. Especially ideal for those who already have long-term insurance (ask for further details).
  31. To make the best plan possible, to stay both independent and active, as long as possible throughout life.

During our Summer travels,  we visited communities in S.C., Ga., N.C. and Northern Fl. By creating a spread sheet, we were able to compare amenities, floor plans, financial conditions and location for the many places we visited. We looked and analyzed 14 such locations, that is when we decided to come back home to Central Fl. Living in WV. meant no change of doctors, or place of worship, and best of all continuing to interact with our friends in this area. We moved to WV. in Dec. 2018; we have a beautiful home and after a few glitches which were all taken care by your wonderful maintenance group, we are now finally settled down. We are truly enjoying our lifestyle here and we have already met  some very friendly neighbors to go along with your very friendly employee staff. 

Jorge and Elise