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Top 4 Reasons to Choose a Local Retirement Community Over a Big Chain

by Frank Herold
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When you're evaluating the pros and cons of various retirement communities, don't be quick to overlook the smaller, locally-owned options. Not only do they benefit the local economy, but they are often in the position to provide a higher standard of care than larger, corporate-run chain homes do. 

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Top 4 Reasons to Choose a Local Retirement Community Over a Big Chain

While there are many reasons to make this decision, these four rank highest on our list. 

Personalized Care and Attention

We all desire personalized and attention-filled care for our elders. Local communities like Sarasota Bay Club have the luxury of worrying more about the health and care of our residents than some corporate bottom line. Rather than following the old-school medical model of a top-down power structure, we empower our staff with flexible and unique roles that best meet our own residents' needs.

Better COVID Response

The COVID-19 response in many care facilities has been nothing short of frightful. While many communities either botched their response or had to virtually shut down day-to-day routines, we have been able to continue providing many of our amenities (such as the pool and social activities) while keeping our residents safe with top-notch safety measures.

We're able to do this largely because our staff:

  • Is caring and compassionate
  • Demonstrates out-of-the-box problem-solving
  • Goes out of the way to seek the best standard of care for our residents
  • Answers to local leadership rather than a distant board of directors in another city

As a small, local facility, we have been able to ride out the pandemic responding in careful, measured ways to what is going on right here in Sarasota. Based on that information, we make the best decisions for our specific location. 

Higher Quality Food

High-quality food for seniors is not a secondary issue.

First, hydration and nutrition are foundational to optimal health and basic human flourishing. Here at Sarasota Bay Club, we endeavor to provide meals that not only taste great but are also packed with everything our residents need to stay strong.

Second, if there's one thing we know about seniors, it's that they love their food!

Because delicious meals bring such joy, we go out of our way to procure ingredients that are fresh, nutrition-packed, and (when possible) locally sourced as well. 

Likewise, because we know that seniors sometimes have trouble picking the food items that are right for them, we pay attention to individual needs and select menu items that are most suitable for our specific residents. 

Premium Apartments

One way that big-chain retirement communities save money is to set up their living spaces like a grid. They basically copy and paste the same format again and again. While this may reduce their bottom line incrementally, it also saps any vestige of personal taste and personality from the equation, leaving residents feeling as if they live in an industrial complex. 

Here at Sarasota Bay Club, there are no cookie-cutter living spaces. Our premium apartments are fully customizable to personal needs and tastes. Not only does this provide a safer environment for each resident, but it also allows them to express themselves and enjoy their life to the fullest. 


Sarasota Bay Club is a luxury, full-service retirement living community nestled snugly in a community. Locally owned and operated, it's perfectly positioned to provide high-quality care. To hear more about all we have to offer, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to hearing from you!  


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