It’s A Wonderful Life

Resident ambassador eases transition into assisted living community.

Ambassadors are not synonymous with politics; they can be found in all walks of life. Such is the case with Sandy Petty, Sabal Palms first resident who serves as a resident ambassador at Sabal Palms Assisted Living & Memory Care in Palm Coast.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Sandy Petty

“I meet and greet all the new residents and help them get acquainted with their new home here,” says Sandy, a Tampa-born, self-described Navy brat. “It’s just something that I like to do because I like people and want to be helpful.”

Florida is known as a state many people retire to, so there is a great need for senior living communities offering myriad forms of care. That care is not always medical in nature. That’s where Sandy, 80, comes in.

“I usually give new residents a day or two to get situated, but then I’ll visit with them and give them a gift bag with a coffee mug, a sketch pad and information about activities, and I introduce them to other residents and answer any questions they might have.”

A resident of the Sabal Palms community since 2017, Sandy has a wealth of knowledge of the community and the daily activities that go on there, and she passes that information on to others, says Sandra Young, community relations director for Sabal Palms.

“She loves to be busy, and that’s probably why she’s one of our ambassadors,” Sandra states. “She welcomes new residents and helps them learn their way around. Everybody in the community does, of course, but she’s more one-on-one with people.”

Abundant Care and Amenities

Sabal Palms Assisted Living & Memory Care offers studio, one- and two-bedroom suites and five levels of customized care as well as specialized care for those residing in its secured memory care community referred to as Journeys.

The care levels begin with minimal assistance, such as medication management and move up to include incontinence care, shower assistance and more. The community also has a fitness room, piano lounge, wine bar and game room.

Yoga, cooking, painting and music classes are among the vast array of daily activities open to all residents, who are also treated to a movie each night in the community’s theater, where popcorn is freshly popped every afternoon for theater time.

Sandy Petty is an avid reader, and she notes that “there is also a wonderful library if you just want to relax and read.”

Sabal Palms also offers live entertainment every week, and every conceivable occasion – anniversaries, birthdays, etc. – are celebrated with gusto. You’ll find daily gatherings for happy hour in the wine bar and piano lounge.

Bingo, card games, music, trips to local shopping malls and plazas – all are offered at Sabal Palms, where Sandy moved to in an effort to be closer to her brother, who lives nearby. She says it was one of the best moves she ever made.

“It’s really a great place,” says Sandy, who talks of Sabal Palms with all the enthusiasm of a new student on her first day of school. “I feel comfortable here. I feel secure here.

“And I know that if I have a problem with anything that somebody is going to help me with it. It’s a comfort to know there’s someone here to help you no matter what, and that you really don’t have to do anything.

“It’s like a five-star hotel. They do my laundry, clean my apartment and change the sheets once a week. They help to make life wonderful here, and it’s really a lovely community.”

Print This Article