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I was recently at the Preserve for short term rehabilitation following unexpected neurosurgery related to a fall. I’ve been a very active person my entire life and up until my surgery was walking 2 miles a day and have never needed rehab. From the moment we walked into the facility we felt welcomed and could tell that the staff really care about the residents. The evening supervisor Brian made sure I got a meal since I arrived during dinnertime and oriented me to my room. The rooms are private with their own bathroom and shower. Each room has a mini fridge and a large TV with lots of channels. I would like to commend a few of the nurses which provided care to me, they made me feel welcome and took the time to help. Nurses Robert, Solange, Harlan, and CNA Edwin really stand out. CNA Edwin always took extra time to make sure I had all that I needed. In the culinary department, dietary staff were very helpful and the food was amazing. Everyone we interacted with in therapy was amazing but I would like to mention OT Trey, PT Danielle and ST Lisa. Trey in OT helped me shower for the first time after being in ICU for 5 days. PT Danielle really pushed me and helped me gain back my strength. ST Lisa made the therapy fun, she is exceptional and really went the extra mile. She is one of the most kind and caring people I have ever met and you can tell she loves helping people. I wish I could remember every staff that we met but there were just too many to remember. One highlight of my stay was the 4th of July event in the courtyard, what an amazing performance by all involved. I would recommend the Preserve to anyone seeking short term rehabilitation or to move into their beautiful community.



My wife had a stroke in mid-August. We were told to prepare for the worst. In mid-October, she came here to The Preserve and that is when our journey really began. The progression and rehab/recovery lifted her spirits. She was determined to get better and return to her independence, as much as possible. Our favorite CNA that comes to mind was Penny. Her diligence in working with my wife when she had no appetite was appreciated. Tish the nurse and so many others really contributed to her success. Therapy…. WOW. Lisa in Speech Therapy worked on her enunciation and her mind. She worked on forming sentences, putting words together, and simply worked miracles. The last 3 months she was here we both remembered every person. They all made an impact on us and they cared 100%. The staff truly didn’t just see this as a job- it was a calling and a passion. It was an outpouring of love and belief in her abilities to get better that made all the difference. She had good days and bad days, but the understanding and response was just amazing. I can’t say enough good things. The therapy group has been fantastic. In situations like this- people can come across caregivers they don’t like, but that didn’t happen to me here. Everyone was upbeat and wanting to work with her. The facilities and the amenities have been awesome. She looks forward to coming back here for outpatient therapy. She is beaming to see all her friends again.

Recently, on one of our most recent trips to outpatient therapy, the team had her in the Tollos lift system and surprised me with a dance to Elvis’ I Can’t Help Falling in Love. Elvis was her favorite since childhood and the smile in her eyes as she danced hand in hand with me spoke volumes. The dancing was above and beyond for both of us in our spiritual healing journey, beyond the physical therapy. This simple gesture of arranging this for us came from a place of love, not a job duty.

I have worked in the National Hockey League for over 50 years, and the therapy team here at The Preserve functions as smoothly as some of the Stanley cup teams I’ve been around for decades.  The team work was on par with professional teams.

My wife’s stay here at The Preserve couldn’t have been any better”.

-“Jiggs” McDonald


I cannot say enough good things about The Preserve rehabilitation and therapy facility. My wife took a terrible fall and needed intense therapy after release from the Trauma and ICU units at Lee Memorial. First, the rooms and overall physical plant are first class. But, anyone can build a nice building. What makes this place special is the people who work there. From the moment I contacted Lisa Gysin in Admissions, I knew I was talking to a welcoming professional. The therapists who work with my wife are top notch: Lisa Esterly, the speech therapist, Jennifer Cheng the physical therapist and Cenia Quevedo the Occupational therapist were all super, caring and real pros. Amanda Vermeesch, the RN unit manager was so very helpful in figuring out her ongoing medical needs for her injuries. Sarah Richard in social services was so good in navigating the rules and next steps. But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how caring and professional the duty nurses and caretakers are when taking care of my wife’s daily needs. Natisha the floor RN, Marie the CNA, Sheila and numerous others whose names I do not know, were always there with caring professional and cheerful demeanors.

The Preserve is 5-Star all the way, run by caring people with whom you can trust your love one…

– Neil


I recently lost my wife Loretta, the hospital had given us the news no one wanted to hear- stage 4
Next the hospital was discharging us with no place to go.
Hope preserve was found and when you are under the care of The Preserve you have the best! Not only did the Preserve team find a room for my wife, Rachel found a room for me on the 1st floor. This was done so I can visit her daily in her final days.
As the days progressed I found that everyone was more than polite. They really cared. They called you by name from day one, checked on you morning noon and nighttime as long as you needed someone to check on you.
Café food was good and seasoned to your liking and very tasty. Even the waiters in the restaurant cared. When the time comes for me, would I go back? Absolutely.

– Assisted Living Respite Resident – Henry


“I came to The Preserve when I personally felt I was broken, but turns out I wasn’t as broken as I thought. I admitted in the absolute height of the pandemic, with my family terrified of me going into a facility. As soon as I got here, I realized how much COVID impacted the place, but fortunately they didn’t let it impact me and my progress. I just knew how much had to be tailored from the normal way things work. The staff were always working through these changes.
I was able to get both doses of my vaccines right away in the facility, before my peers had even THOUGHT about theirs. All of the different departments stepped up in those COVID restrictions that I talked about. People helped out in many ways that were out of their job description. Physical & Occupational therapy and the nursing department does so much for their patients. The Preserve is full of Inspirational Cheerleaders.
Although the majority (due to COVID) of my time was limited to my room, I was allowed- and encouraged- to keep working. I work remotely on my laptop and was respected when I put a sign on my door indicating that I “needed privacy to work”. The outdoor visitations with my grandkids kept my heart beating. I will never forget that. As I leave here, I can truly say, “I feel strong.”

A few quotes taken from Staff Recognition cards from this particular patient:

  • “You Got This. Words that inspired me to push through. Madi in OTs skillset helped me grow and prepare to safely return home”
  • “Cheryl provided in depth Physical Therapy that rebuilt my strength”
  • “Lisa is a member of the highly trained staff, promoting a safe, appropriate, and coordinated treatment plan”
  • “Wesjeannie provided a clear selection for all 3 meals and was pleasant and open to changes to meet my needs”
  • “Carmen provides excellent housekeeping care. My room is clean everyday and she responds to my requests”
  • “Allison, my Saturday PT, had enthusiasm and willingness to work with me even with my increased levels of pain. This was so valued by me”
  • “Pat’s natural and enthusiastic hospitality was welcoming and calming. She is a gifted employee”
  • “Natisha, RN went above and beyond her professional demands to provide with a concerned heart”
  • “Edwige, CNA, is a sweet and funny soul. She shared gentle care and always respected me. She praised my ability to roll over in bed which made us both laugh and share a moment that is typically vulnerable and uncomfortable, but certainly made me more comfortable”

– Skilled Nursing Resident- Virginia


The Preserve,

It means a lot from you in administration, Sarah and the rest of you who made things easier that you bent over backwards to make things happen for me. Sorry this is so late in coming. The recovery has been long and tedious. Cheryl, Jennifer, and Danielle did a superb job in my rehabilitation. I couldn’t have advanced as far and fast as I would have without their expert care.

Sheilah is a no nonsense nurse whose professionalism shows in her care for her patients. Her attitude is amazing and instruction was very informative. She was a tremendous help to me. Edwine, Michael, Neckesha were all amazing along with those who tended to me.
Thanks for all of your care. Recovering with no more brace or platform walker. Home therapy has been amazing and I will continue to work on my own which has been of great benefit.

Thank you so much!

– J’ann


Speaking for my family and myself, I cannot begin to thank you and everyone for all you have done for Mom since she arrived at her new home at The Preserve.  We had concerns about such a long distance move at her age coming from Chicago to Florida.  We were also concerned about moving her to a new place at this time because of COVID.  As it turns out, it ended up being a great move in every way! Since being at the Preserve she can go out in the courtyard almost every day. Who wouldn’t….it’s beautiful!   The Preserve is not only beautiful inside and out, but impeccably clean.  Mom comments all the time that “They are constantly cleaning everything.” “I don’t see a speck of dust on anything or a scratch on the wall”.

But it’s the change in her in the past few months since moving there however that is amazing!  She is back to the Mom we haven’t seen in quite a long time in many ways and that is about the wonderful staff at The Preserve.  She loves all of the nursing and care staff and so do we!  They are genuinely concerned about her and they are very involved in her well being.  She loves everyone working in the restaurant. She says when she goes there for breakfast “I don’t even have to tell them what I want.  They already know and begin getting it ready when I arrive “ And Rachel and her life enrichment team did the seemingly impossible!!  She not only got her to join in on exercise and activities but she is actually loving them!

From the day of move in with the wonderful company that did that so well, to Lynn and others at the front desk, to anyone that we have come in contact with, everything and everyone there are the best!”

– Daughter Carla


One thing I really liked was the physical and occupational therapy. I’ve had therapies before but Cheryl and Cenia were EXCEPTIONAL! Not only did they teach about strength and balance- but they explained the importance of posture in everyday activities. They balanced technical and practical in a pleasant way. My flaws were highlighted and properly corrected…..they even made me repeat it so I could prove I was listening! Cheryl and Cenia are great teachers. The learning process was exceptional and easy to understand. I am a writer and the next book I write will have the names Cheryl and Cenia- mark my words!

– Gene


I came here after being in the hospital for 4-5 weeks and on the respirator for 15 days. My husband went to someone we know in the medical field and they recommended me to come to The Preserve. My experience was exceptional. When I got here I couldn’t walk or even stand. Since my time here, working with physical and occupational therapy, I have regained my strength and am almost back to normal. All of the personnel have been extremely professional and top-notch in what they do. I feel at home and very comfortable. My stay at The Preserve was a 5 week duration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Judy


Overall staying at the preserve has been a positive experience. I am impressed and thankful for the therapists, who were very experienced and helpful. Danielle was always here early in the morning and started my day off in a positive way! She is sending me home with an elastic band and 2 pages of exercises to do on my own after I leave here. Lisa from Speech Therapy has been great. We do deductive reasoning games and end up having a fun time while doing it. She was very helpful and even set up some games on my phone to do when I get home. I live home alone but Lisa and Danielle made sure I am set up for success after leaving this place. The housekeeper Paula always makes sure things are clean and I was satisfied. Nicole from activities is very impressive and full of positive thoughts. She came out of her way to say hi and make me laugh. I had a great experience during COVID.

Thank you Preserve Team!
– Larry